As the parent of an incoming kindergartner you are about to add a handful of new acronyms to your lexicon. While these acronyms won't earn you street cred among texting tweens (LOL), you'll be "in the know" with happenings at Achieve.
PLP - this stands for a Personalized Learning Plan. A PLP is essentially a conversation we will begin in kindergarten, the document recording that conversation will be used as a tool for helping your child challenge him/herself through their stay here at Achieve. PLP’s are a unique feature of ACS, they give teachers a jump start to best meet the educational and personal needs of your student. We'll revisit this document together throughout the year, noting progress towards academic/social skills, addressing learning gaps, setting goals and noting achievement, and putting students in the driver seat of their own educational journey. It's a pretty powerful thing to witness end-of-year ACS kindergarten students leading their own PLP Conference discussion - communicating their own well thought out goals for the trimester and life.
Baby steps. Here's how to prepare for your family's first PLP Conference:
- Inform your child that they will get to see their Kindergarten classroom and will meet their teacher Mrs. Wright. We will sit together at a table to talk for a little bit first, I will ask your child about his/her summer (practice with your child at home!) After we talk for a few minutes the kindergartner may be excused to play with the toys that are set out on the carpet.
- We will continue our conversation, be prepared to share your child's strengths and areas for growth. Share any food allergies, if your child wears glasses, if he/she is right or left handed, or concerns at this time.
- All conferences will last 20 minutes, the next family will be waiting to meet with me afterwards.
- It is alright to bring siblings to PLP Conferences, however I recommend that you make other arrangements for them for our initial meeting.