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Education for Living a Life of Significance

What is an Individualized Learning Plan?

An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is an individual student plan for academic and experiential success. Each student meets with faculty to determine the focus of his or her individual plan that ties into the umbrella curriculum while providing a personally meaningful experience for the student.

The ILP is a program of choice structured with specific guidelines, expectations and accountability. Students will select an ILP with the following in mind:

  • What is my vision?
  • What materials will I need?
  • What contacts will be helpful?
  • What competencies will I be addressing?
  • What will my final project “look like?”

The ILP encourages learning for individual purpose & engagement while contributing to the community goal.

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Mitch Albom

According to Peter Lowe, founder of Success Seminars, there are four levels of life…four types of acceptable existence in which a person may find himself living:

  • Survival
  • Security
  • Success
  • Significance

Survival means that one has the basic necessities to survive – water, food, shelter – but no more and the concern that even those may disappear.

Security is when one can feel safe – the worry of going without does not overshadow one’s life. However, dreams of greater ventures are distant.

Success brings greater opportunity – more money, more fame, and more “stuff” accompany success. These are the “haves” in the world, and they are fortunate.

Significance is the decision to take what you haveearned and making a positive impact on the lives of others. Significance defines a person’s worth not by what he has but what he gives.

Ledyard Charter School’s curriculum supports the fostering of conscious young adults who are aware of their strengths and talents, how they learn best, and in what ways they can positively affect the lives of themselves and others.

“The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others.” Grayson Kirk

“Real education should educate ourselves out of self into something far finer, into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.”
Nancy Witcher Astor