October 24, 2017

Dr. Mike Ponton, Professor of Education at Regent University, was recently chosen by the editors and former editors of the International Journal of Self-Directed Learning to succeed Dr. Lucy Guglielmino, the founding editor.  The journal, established in 2004, will continue to be published twice a year to provide an up-to-date resource on the most recent research and positive practice in the area of self-directed  learning.

Mike has served ably on the Editorial Board of the IJSDL since 2004, was invited to become an associate editor in 2014 and served as guest editor from 2015-2017.   He has published extensively in the field of self-directed learning in the areas of:

                        •  human agency

                        •  autonomous learning

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October 1, 2017

Personalized Learning Plans are all the rage connected to students’ academic goals. They are an easy way for students to engage in goal setting that leads to self-directed learning. Computer controlled plans are nice start, but miss the real value of personalized learning plans for enabling self-directed learning!

Teachers at Forrest Hills Academy, a last chance alternative high school in Atlanta, are taking a different path by tying SDL to helping their students, the hardest to reach in the Atlanta, Georgia system, to become self-directed learners in more ways than academics.  

When middle or high school students are adjudicated to Forrest Hills, an entry team asks each to make exit goals in three areas: pro-social behaviors, academic skills, and learning to learn skills. The student prepares a personalized learning plan (PLP). The PLP will be the center of the student’s exit portfolio which determines readiness to return to the home school.

In each class, the student will complete a PLP...

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