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EDUCATION PLAN CAN HELP STUDENTS ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS

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An undertaking as vital as a child's education should not be allowed to happen without direction. Each student should have an education plan to guide his progress from kindergarten through high school, education experts have concluded.

The plan should be the joint responsibility of parents, teachers and the child.The notion of individual student education plans has caught hold in many schools. At the secondary level, guidance in career selection and work preparation is added for a comprehensive "Student Edu-cation/Occupation Plan."

Where such plans are taken seriously, students are more goal-directed, become more self-assured, are able to evaluate themselves and are better prepared for work and life, studies show.

Effective SEP and SEOP programs include:

- Involvement of the student as the person responsible for his own learning, personal and life goals.

- Parent involvement and support and access for them to services, printed materials, coun-seling and other items necessary to their effective participation.

- Teacher and counselor availability, time and resources to do a thorough job of planning for each child.

- Particular attention during transitions from elementary to junior high and junior high to high school.

- Use of student goals to drive curriculum and instruction.

- Attention to the "whole child" in development of educational, phys-ical, emotional, social, career and personal goals.

- Follow-up in regular teacher/

parent/child conferences.

- Ongoing assessment and evaluation to see if goals are being attained.

- Training for educators, parents and students.