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Educational Development Plan

  • Educational Development Plan (EDP)

    What is an Educational Development Plan (EDP)?

    An Educational Development Plan (EDP) is a document showing a student's current interests, abilities, and career pathways. It is more comprehensive than a schedule of classes because it includes information a student can use to make wise choices about post-secondary options.

    Why have an EDP?

    The State of Michigan requires that students must be given the opportunity to create an EDP beginning in the 7th grade and revise it appropriately throughout high school.  An EDP is designed to assist students to identify career development goals as they relate to academic requirements, which may be fulfilled through career and technical education.

    How can students start/update their EDP?

    Our counseling team meets with all students to instruct students to update their EDP annually.  The essential elements for updating an EDP are exploring careers, projected job openings, educational/training goals, career interest surveys, activities, experiences, and plans of action.

    Students are welcomed and encouraged to explore Xello on their own time.

    Say hello to Xello!

    Xello is software that helps students in grades 6–12 create their very own, unique roadmap for future success—enabling them to discover their own personalized pathway through self-knowledge, exploration and planning. Built on a proven model for student success, Xello aligns to the Michigan Career Development Model, including Educational Development Plans (EDP) and Talent Portfolios.
    Building Self-knowledge
    Students define their interests, skills, preferences, and aspirations so they can explore the right opportunities for them.
    Explore Options
    Students learn about career possibilities and educational pathways by exploring rich, engaging content, and lessons.
    Create a Plan
    Students create dynamic actionable plans that outline the steps needed to achieve school, career, and life goals.
    Learn and Reassess
    As students gain experience, knowledge, and skills, they can reassess and change their plans for the future.


    Xello for Families  (Video - 1:30 minutes)

    Xello: Make Every Student Future Ready (Video- 1:37 minutes)

    Xello Student Experience Overview (Video -  3:59 minutes)


    Parent Involvement

    You’re encouraged to explore Xello with your child by logging in together. Your child can log in to his or her account via desktop or mobile device to share what they’ve learned about themselves, the world of work, and their future options. 


    Safe and Secure Environment 

    We take data protection and privacy very seriously. So does Xello. The program complies with legal requirements for safety and security outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). That means advertising is not displayed within Xello, nor is data used for commercial purposes. Xello is also a signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, requiring them to uphold strict standards for safeguarding student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. 


    Benefits of Xello

    • Students gain career awareness, exploration and preparation all in one comprehensive platform, which grows with them throughout their K-12 education experience.
    • Students easily create and revise their Educational Development Plan and Talent Portfolios each school year.
    • Educators can review student interests, skills and abilities over the course of their K-12 education. This helps guide them in their career readiness journey unique to student's own experiences and talents.