Personal Opportunity Plans

Carol Miller Lieber

The well-being of our next generation and the economic and social health of our nation are at risk when students are not equipped with the supports necessary to succeed in college and beyond.

Personal Opportunity Plans (POPs) – an ongoing process designed to maximize a student’s academic and personal development  – create a set of systems and structures for supporting students at every step along their path toward a satisfying and successful future. This paper aims to support the adoption of POPs in conjunction with districts’ and schools’ efforts to bridge the gap between advocacy and implementation.


By qualifying the student planning process with the words ‘personal' and ‘opportunity,' POPs have the potential to become meaningful and empowering experiences for the entire range of learners.