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Promoting Quality Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) Throughout the Lifespan

January 18, 2018 | Archived Webinar

This is the third webinar in a series highlighting State Strategies that Support Personalized Learning. The purpose of the series is to facilitate cross-state sharing of interesting and novel student-centered policies and practices. Presenters reflect upon their work, share insights, and facilitate dialogue to strengthen efforts that improve postsecondary readiness and success.


Since the Individualized Learning Plan How-to Guide (Solberg, Will, & Osman, 2012) was first released, there has been a tremendous surge in interest. At last count, 44 states and the District of Columbia require or encourage the use of individualized learning plans (ILPs) for all students in K‒12 education. While early state adopters focused on high school age youth, increasingly states are moving down to include middle and elementary age youth. Higher education is also beginning to look at ILPs as a strategy for increasing college completion rates and helping adults understand how to use their educational opportunities in ways that advance them towards their career and life goals.

During this webinar lead author, Dr. V. Scott Solberg, and colleagues reviewed and discussed a new, comprehensive resource: Promoting Quality Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) Throughout the Lifespan: An Updated and Expanded “ILP How-to Guide 2.0.” The ILP How-to Guide 2.0 ( offers an updated and expanded evidenced-based resource for designing, implementing, and evaluating quality career development programs and services. Guide 2.0 describes the nature and promise of ILPs, provides access to career development activities (Part A), and offers implementation and evaluation strategies (Part B).

Authors: V. Scott Solberg, Judith Martin, Mindy Larson, Kathryn Nichols, Heidi Booth, Jennifer Lillis, Leo Costa

Published by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), Institute for Educational Leadership.


V. Scott Solberg, PhD, Professor
Department of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development
Boston University

Dr. Solberg works internationally and nationally on the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective career development programs and services, especially for high-need youth and youth with disabilities.

Contact Sheila Arredondo at, for access to the recording or information on the webinar series.