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What is Academic and Career Planning?

Academic and Career Planning is a collaboratively developed, student-driven process for planning for success in middle school, secondary school, and post-secondary academics and career development. CESA 11 supports ACP efforts in our 39 districts.


Also known by some groups as Individualized Learning Plans (ILP), research on the benefits indicates that the ACP process increases student motivation, engagement, school connection, and awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses. Students utilizing ACP also improve their understanding of postsecondary options, better connect their goals to educational coursework and career goal activities, and engage in long-term planning for life after high school graduation.


Academic and Career Planning is for every child grades 6-12.  This also includes students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEP)/Post-secondary Transition Plans (PTP), as well as students with Section 504 Accommodation Plans, English Language Learners, students who are Gifted and or Talented, students who are homeless, and students considered neglected and delinquent (DPI, 2016).

Though the pandemic has changed the way schools are operating, ACP opportunities are still critical for student success. Recognizing this, districts are finding creative ways to conduct ACP activities.

Specifically this year due to Covid, Shelly Laffin, guidance Counselor at Glenwood City High School connected the district’s Technology Education class  with a live Inspire Virtual tour of the Sargento Cheese facility. Despite the fact that it wasn't quite the same as taking students on a field trip in real life, the live "virtual tour" of the operations and technology at the plant was impressive and engaging to students. About the experience, Laffin states “I'd love to set up more like that during this crazy year”. CESA 11 is excited to be a partner in ACP in Wisconsin and supports districts like Glenwood City through trainings, educational programming and troubleshooting with school staff. As we continue to implement creative strategies to support students, CESA 11 appreciates the hard work and partnership from our member districts.


Who is responsible for Academic and Career Planning?

Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and community members.  A team approach is necessary to include a variety of stakeholders (Teacher, administrator, special education, business partner, Workforce Resource, etc.)  taking part to create a seamless process for every child at every year grades 6-12.


When is this to be implemented?

This is a requirement for Wisconsin school boards.  Under Wis. Stat. § 115.28(59)(b) every school board will ensure that it is “providing academic and career planning services to pupils enrolled in grades 6 to 12 in the school district” beginning in fall 2017 (DPI, 2016).  ACP Timeline


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