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pep personal education plans

PEP - Personal Education Plans

Professional Development

district values
District Values
  • Excellence
  • Students first
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Fun
what is it really
What is it really?

The Personal Education Plan is a process that students participate in, which results in an actual plan.


Grade level required activities using:



Guidance Lessons


Career cluster or path goal

Post secondary goal

4-year high school plan, including courses

what s new
What’s new?
  • Increased compliance with ICAP State Requirements
  • Increased Lesson Quality
  • Increased Training and Support
why does it matter
Why does it matter?

Because the ASCA National Model has Individual Student Planning as one of the four components of the delivery system.

Because we know it is best for students to make plans for their futures, even if those plans change.

Because the DPS Counseling Standards include academic and career planning for all students.

Because the DPS School Board has Post Secondary Readiness goals that we are charged to fulfill.

Because a Personal Education Plan is part of DPS’ graduation requirements.

Because the 2009 state of Colorado’s School Finance Act requires that sixth grade students open a College In Colorado account in order to begin the ICAP process.

Because Colorado’s legislature passed laws requiring ICAPs for secondary students. Colorado Department of Education’s rules for the ICAP law require students in 9th through 12th grade to explore careers, post secondary education, and high school success.

Because Colorado’s legislature passed the ASCENT legislation reforming how high school students can participate in concurrent enrollment programs. In order for a student to participate in the ASCENT concurrent enrollment program, they must have an ICAP directly relating to the post-secondary course.

icap pep alignment
ICAP/PEP Alignment

PEP Categories

(PEP Last Year)

ICAP Categories

(PEP This Year)

Career Exploration

Academic Planning

College Planning

Career Exploration

Academic Planning

Post-Secondary &

Financial Planning

Goal Setting

We identified 2 new areas of focus that we were missing: Financial Planning AND Goal Setting

data icap compliance
Data & ICAP Compliance
  • “District Responsibility”
    • “The district shall establish specific policies, which must include a method to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the standards set forth.”
  • Data reports will be pulled 2-4 times throughout the year and will be collected via CollegeinColorado and/or Naviance (pay special attention to the yellow boxes)
  • District and school-specific data is reported to Assistant Superintendents, Instructional Superintendents, and other district personnel, including the school board.
  • The DPS Board wants to ensure that ALL students have these experiences in compliance with state law.


Senior exit survey


ACT & test scores

Student growth objectives

Assistant Principals

Application rates

School board

District Superintendents

Graduation rates

Scholarship applications

Personal statements

Director of Counseling

Parents and community

they are all external motivators
They are all EXTERNAL motivators
  • If only focus on the external demands…
    • Compliance
    • Actions, deadlines, requirements
    • Appearance,
    • Duty or obligation
    • What you “should” do or what you’re supposed to do
  • Feel controlled, trapped, pressured, overwhelmed
  • Creates resentment, frustration, & disconnect between what say and do
  • Lack the internal drive to meet the demand
think pair share
  • Read student comments (side A)
    • Discuss guiding question
  • Read student comments (side B)
    • Discuss guiding question
  • Compare and contrast groups of comments
student comments school a
Student CommentsSchool A
  • “I don’t know what a PEP is.”
  • “We haven’t really done a lot with PEP at the sophomore year. It would be better if our counselor would help us so later on we could apply for scholarships and in order for us to succeed.”
  • “It was helpful but haven’t done much with it. I haven’t really talked about it. They sometimes do announce things about it.”
  • “I don’t know what this is.”
  • “I don’t really know.”
  • “I don’t know what a PEP is.”
guiding question
Guiding Question
  • What assumptions can you make about this school’s implementation of PEP?
  • ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
student comments school b
Student CommentsSchool B
  • “The guidance helps keep goals in mind for after high school.”
  • “A Personal Education Plan is your plans for after high school and your goals.”
  • “I have worked with my teachers and counselors to find out what I need to do to get into the schools I want with the classes I need and it helped a lot.”
  • “Yes, it was helpful definitely for my AP classes that I get for college credit.”
  • “I think that they did a good job on the PEP. They give us a lot of information on colleges that will fit us. They try to put us in the best classes.”
  • “The guidance helps keep goals in mind for after high school.”
guiding question1
Guiding Question
  • What assumptions can you make about this school’s implementation of PEP?
  • ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
what do you believe

What do you believe?

The real question is

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How To Vote via Texting


Standard texting rates only (worst case US $0.20)

We have no access to your phone number

Capitalization doesn’t matter, but spaces and spelling do



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Poll: All students capable of learning & becom...


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students will be able to
Students will be able to…
  • Career Exploration & Planning
    • Understand the value, skill requirements, and habits of work in the 21st century
    • Match personal interests with career possibilities
    • Identify a personal career, pathway, or Career Cluster goal
  • Goal Setting
    • Learn the process of developing goals and pathways on their journey to career and postsecondary readiness.
    • Develop the persistence and motivation to overcome barriers to meet goals.
  • Academic Success & Course Planning
    • Learn the academic beliefs, behaviors, and performance standards required to be “on-track” for college and career readiness.
    • Learn the process of intentionally selecting classes to meet high school graduation requirements and choosing co-curricular experiences that align with career and postsecondary path goals.
  • Postsecondary & Financial Planning
    • Explore the earning and lifestyle potential of postsecondary education.
    • Learn the process needed to plan and prepare for a career after high school graduation. This includes understanding how to access and pay for post-secondary education.
my values
My Values
  • Excellence
  • Hard work
  • Students first
  • Integrity
my beliefs
My Beliefs
  • Belief that all students must graduate college & career ready, with an understanding of the 21st century college & career reality
    • Believe that all students can be college–ready (experience at Cole/DSST)
    • Believe that there are multiple pathways and that all students need the same foundational knowledge and skills to be college AND career ready
    • Believe the problem is when we fall to one extreme or the other (Not all kids can vs. 4-year college of all)
Colleges and Employers want the same qualities and skills in candidates. They also use similar information to evaluate you.
  • Care with which you filled out the application (e.g. no mistakes)
  • Academic Record: courses taken, grades earned
  • Work and Volunteer History
  • Recommendation letters
  • Interview (if applicable)
  • Personal Statement & Essays

College Application

Job Application

  • Career with which you filled out the application (e.g. no mistakes)
  • Academic Record: courses taken, grades earned
  • Work and Volunteer History
  • References
  • Interview
new reality
New Reality

Taken from “Defining a 21st Century Education by Craig D. Jerald

new reality1
New Reality

Taken from “Defining a 21st Century Education by Craig D. Jerald

new reality2
New Reality

Taken from “Defining a 21st Century Education by Craig D. Jerald

new reality3
New Reality

Taken from “Defining a 21st Century Education by Craig D. Jerald

new reality4
New Reality

Taken from “Defining a 21st Century Education by Craig D. Jerald

postsecondary includes
Postsecondary includes…
  • Post-secondary educational Options
    • 4-year college or university
    • Community College
    • Trade school
    • Certificate
    • Apprenticeship
    • Internship
    • Military
  • Choice depends on student and industry
  • It’s all about completion – multiple pathways
in more ways than 1
In more ways than 1
  • (Ed pays)
bachelor s degree reality check
Bachelor’s Degree Reality Check
  • Bachelor’s degree students’ unemployed or underemployed is estimated at 53.6% (Associated Press, 2012)
  • “27% of people with post-secondary licenses or certificates-credentials short of an associate’s degree-earn more than the average bachelor’s degree recipient.” (Pathways to Prosperity, 2011)
  • Demand for middle-skilled professionals is exploding in industries like
    • Healthcare
    • Construction
    • Manufacturing
    • Natural resources
    • Mining and installation/repair

New Post Grad Reality

(they even made a movie about it)

  • ALL students, (including “college-bound” students) need career path guidance, career-readiness skills, and an understanding of the 21st century job market.
  • According to survey conducted by Cuuran Consulting Group (2007),
    • 75% of those who wanted jobs found jobs within six months of graduation (25% didn’t)
    • 43% are in a different career field than the one they entered immediately after graduation
    • 44% are still not sure they are in the right career field

Source: Curran Consulting Group: Essential Data on Colleges and Careers, May 7, 2012 by Sheila Curran. Five Year Out Alumni Survey, Class of 2001, Duke University, March, 2007 by Sheila Curran.

my beliefs1
My Beliefs
  • The importance of non-cognitive factors in student


      • Academic Mindset
      • Academic Responsibility or sense of control
      • Efforts & Persistence
      • Academic Behaviors (i.e. Characteristics of Successful Learners)
      • Learning Strategies
academic beliefs

Academic Beliefs

Growth Mindset and Sense of Personal Control are more closely associated with school performance than test scores

(Farrington, Roderick, Allensworth, Nagaoka, Keyes, Johnson, and Beechum, 2012).

academic beliefs2
Academic Beliefs


  • One week later – Students in treatment group outscored control group students on practice GRE questions.
  • One year later - Students in treatment group had higher GPAs than control group by .27 points and were 80% less likely to have dropped out of school. (Wilson and Linville (1982, 1985)
academic behaviors

Academic Behaviors

Attendance, homework, and study habits are more closely related to school performance than test scores.

academic behaviors1
Academic Behaviors
  • Attendance:
    • One study followed the 8th grade students with the lowest standardized test scores as they entered HS in Chicago. The lowest scoring students who had less than a week of absences in a semester passed more of the 9th grade courses than students who entered HS with the highest test scores but who missed just one more week of class (Allensworth and Easton, 2007).
academic behaviors2
Academic Behaviors
  • Homework:
    • Students with the lowest standardized test scores (i.e. bottom third) who spent over 10 hours per week on homework were able to raise their grades to mostly B’s, the same grade as students with the highest standardized test scores who did not do their homework (Keith, 1982).
    • Time spent on homework has a positive effect on both grades and standardized test scores.
academic behaviors3
Academic Behaviors
  • Attendance and study habits strongly predicts student’s grades, even more than standardized test scores or any other student background characteristics.
  • Grades predict high school and college performance and graduation
  • Grades even predict people’s future alary.
    • For each point increase in GPA, men and women earned 20% more money in their jobs 9 years after high school, even after controlling for educational attainment (Miller, 1998).
    • Why might this be? Because students who attend class and complete their work are likely to practice work habits needed in college as well as in the workforce.
beliefs behind the lessons
Beliefs behind the lessons
  • Defining college & career readiness beginning in

middle school

    • Example: College & Career Readiness Rubric
my beliefs2
My Beliefs
  • The importance of financial planning (beginning in MS and ending with transition to college)
    • MS Parent Support and CollegeInvest Grant Matching Opportunities
    • Summer Melt experience
my beliefs3
My Beliefs
  • The importance of planning, goal setting, and creating pathways toward goals
      • GOAL + pathway + motivation = Hope
      • If roadblock, create new pathway (multiple pathways or routes to goals)
goal pathway motivation hope
GOAL + Pathway + Motivation = HOPE
  • People who regularly set goals and pathways tend to…
    • Set learning-based goals within their reach (NOT performance-based goals that may be outside their control)
    • Have internal desire to learn new skills and master new tasks
    • Track progress and increase effort with failure or setback
    • Create new paths to goals when face obstacles or barriers
    • Use positive self-talk (e.g. “Keep going!” “You can get this done.”)
    • Receive higher scores on achievement tests, higher overall grade point averages, and higher graduation rates, even when controlling for intelligence
    • Have increased self-esteem, confidence, and perceived problem-solving abilities and sense of control
    • Have less anxiety

Snyder, C.R., Shorey, H.S., Cheavens, J., Pulvers, K.M., Adams, V.H., and Wiklund, C. (2002). Hope and Academic Success in College, Journal of Educational Psychology, 94, 820-826.

my beliefs4
My Beliefs
  • The importance of anticipating and overcoming obstacles or barriers

Taken from report by Colorado Succeeds, “The Business Case for Education Reform.”

college completion the problem of persistence
College Completion & the Problem of Persistence

From Complete College America, Colorado 2011

what s new1
What’s new?
  • Increased compliance with ICAP State Requirements
  • Increased Lesson Quality
  • Increased Training and Support
wiki link
Wiki Link
  • Counseling Department  Counseling Resources  PEP Information
lesson revision what s new
Lesson Revision: What’s New?
  • Condensed into 4 lessons per grade per year (exception for 8thgrade)
  • Progressive in nature, not repetitive
  • Put into ready-to-use classroom PowerPoint presentations for increased graphics and visual instructions
  • Include interactive websites, assessments, and/or games
  • Include pre-selected YouTube clips intended to inspire and engage
  • Include meaningful and instantaneous pre/post assessments
you tube examples
You Tube Examples
  • Education Pays
    • (Ed pays)
  • Tips to staying focused on your goals
  • Famous Failures
  • Note-Taking Tips
  • Intro to Naviance and college options
  • HSF video comparing/contrasting life with and without a college degree
  • Valedictorian speech highlighting scholarships & overcoming obstacles
interactive student pre post assessment tools
Interactive student pre/post assessment tools
  • Promethean board clicker technology
    • Download CPS at
  • Cell phone voting technology
  • Create a Google Docs survey
middle school what s new
Middle School: What’s New?
  • Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    • Standards-based report cards and characteristics of successful learners component added to MS success lesson
    • Research-based personal qualities necessary for college/career readiness, including academic beliefs and behaviors
    • Goal setting and resume planning components
    • College costs and financial aid vocabulary
    • Other deadlines such as transition survey and spreadsheet data collection requirements are included
high school what s new
High School: What’s New?
  • High School (Grades 9-12)
    • PSWR and/or 21st Century Skill component
    • New 10th grade interest/career exploration requirements
    • Ninth grade College EXPO prep
    • Implications of GPA, ACT, Accuplacer, and remediation
    • Introduction to credit recovery options
    • College transition lesson to introduce final steps to enroll in college and prevent the “summer melt”
    • Transcripts and graduation requirements; Naviance Career and PS Survey; and Naviance 4-year course plan combined into single lesson.
    • For 9th & 10th grade, this lesson can be used to support class registration to make it relevant.
    • Other deadlines and requirements such as senior contracts and exit surveys are included
breakout groups
Breakout Groups
  • Breakout Groups
              • Middle Schools
              • 6-12 Schools
              • High Schools
  • Anticipated Outcomes:
    • Understand the updates for the 2012-13 Scope & Sequence
    • Know where to get the resources
    • Begin to plan for implementation
    • If not using the lesson plans, what WILL you use? How will you ensure it is a highly engaging, interactive lesson?
what s new2
What’s new?
  • Increased compliance with ICAP State Requirements
  • Increased Lesson Quality
  • Increased Training and Support
tools of the trade
Tools of the Trade
  • What do you need to know and be able to do in order to effectively implement PEP curriculum for all students?
      • Holland Types & Career Clusters
      • MBTI Type Indicator
    • Departments  Counseling Services  Counseling Resources  PEPInfo
    •  Departments  Career and Technology Education  Plans of Study
    • Pre/post poll site
    • Parent Guide Resource Books
tools to increase support
Tools to Increase Support
  • Time/Task Analysis
  • Counselor/Administrator Agreement
  • PEP Action Plan for support and coordination (Handout)
training support opportunities
Training & Support Opportunities
  • Introduction to PEPs (Thurs, Sept 6th)
  • Naviance Training (Mon, Sept 10th)
  • School Counseling PD on PEP (Tues or Wed, Sept 11th or 12th)
  • Career Fair Prep Meeting (Thurs, Sept 13th)
  • CollegeinColorado Training (Thurs, Sept 13th)
  • Comprehensive PEP Training (Sat, Sept 22nd)
  • On-going department meetings