Last week, the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and NOCTI co-hosted a webinar, “Badging 101: The What, The Why & The How.” This webinar examined the concept of open badges and their potential in demonstrating – and validating – students’ skills, knowledge, and competencies. The presentation focused on the basics of badging and potential uses at the national, state, and local level.
College and career exploration and planning play a critical role in preparing students for life beyond high school while also creating personalized learning opportunities that increase their engagement and success in school. Individualized learning plans (ILPs) are one type of tool that middle school and high school students are using to define their personal interests and goals related to college and careers. ILPs also help students develop well informed plans for their courses and activities throughout school to prepare for their chosen postsecondary education and career paths.