Monday message 10.07.2019

As we are well into our new school year, Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) meetings have started, with learners collaborating with parents, guardians and facilitators to create a plan that includes goals academically aligned to state standards and social-emotional goals. The goal of an ILP is to enable Alaka`i O Kaua`i learners to reflect upon and evaluate their progress toward learning goals.

I realize that as a parent or guardian, trying to understand the value of an ILP is something different than many parents have experienced, especially coming from a traditional public or private school environment.

Indulekha Reeves, an Alaka’i parent and board member, described what she saw as the value of the Individualized Learning Plan for her two children:

“Having individual learning goals is a major component of our school that sets us apart. The purpose of them is to foster self-reflection and encourage self-growth and motivation. Part of learning to be a leader is that a person sets and achieves goals.
The other benefit of this is that the learner, facilitator, and parent work together to discuss, create, and support. As the learner sees progress and/or achievement then this instills positive self-image, and builds the intrinsic motivation necessary for success.”

I hope that you, too, have seen the value of the Individualized Learning Plan for you and your child. I want to encourage you to take the time to reflect on this process and everything we do at Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School. I invite you to email me any questions or suggestions you have that will make this school better for your learner.

Mahalo!

Frederick A. Birkett, Ed.M
School Leader

Upcoming Events

November 24th – Multicultural Day – CANCELLED
November 25th – Thanksgiving Day – School Holiday
November 26th – School Holiday
December 1st – No Hoa O’ Alaka’i, Friends of Alaka’i PTN Meeting 5:00 – 6:00 pm
December 3rd – Wala’au Meeting 10:00 am – 11:00 am
December 13th – Board Meeting at 5:00 pm

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