Calgary Board of Education

Paced Learning Program (PLP)

Program Overview

The Paced Learning Program meets the needs of students in Divisions II through IV who have been identified with a Mild Cognitive Disability according to the Alberta Education definition. These students exhibit below average cognitive abilities and experience significant difficulty with academic subjects. Their social/adaptive behaviours are considerably less developed than those of their peers. These students benefit from direct, paced instruction, which emphasizes basic literacy, numeracy, daily living and communication skills at the elementary level and appropriate life and work skills at the secondary level.

Work Experience

  • Students identify their strengths and job interests.
  • Students learn to follow through with the job search process … including finding work, completing a cover letter and resume, answer interview questions, and workplace conduct.
  • Students gain practical experience through work experience placements both on and off school grounds.

Life Skills

Life Skills is about developing social skills and positive relationships.

  1. Hygiene
  2. Self-image
  3. Self-esteem
  4. Healthy living
  5. Healthy choices
  6. Community awareness
  7. Self-awareness
  8. Personal care
  9. Problem solving
  10. Boundaries
  11. Self-advocacy
  12. Critical thinking

Community Awareness

Students become aware of …

  1. Community services and agencies
  2. Civic responsibility
  3. Transportation options
  4. Post-secondary options
  5. Citizenship
  6. Rights and responsibilities

Trades & Technology

Many of our students are enrolled in options …

  1. Automotives
  2. Autobody
  3. Computer Tech.
  4. Communication Tech.
  5. Cosmetology
  6. Construction
  7. Design Studies
  8. Robotics
  9. Welding

Functional Math

Functional math includes …

  1. Basic addition and subtraction
  2. Budgeting
  3. Calculating costs
  4. Counting money
  5. Making change
  6. Understanding pay checks …

           …. And a whole lot more!

Functional Literacy

Includes …

  1. Improving reading comprehension
  2. Recognizing sight words
  3. Recognizing common words on applications and filling in blanks
  4. Reading flyers, menus, newspapers, and street signs.
  5. Responding with thoughtful answers

Healthy Living

Healthy Living is about developing healthy relationships, healthy eating, and healthy lifestyles (fitness and exercise).

Students are encouraged to make healthy choices.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

I have a problem … what do I do???
Through role-play, discussion, and direct instruction, PLP students learn to make safe choices and solve problems in a meaningful way.

Post-Secondary Options

Day Program?

Students and their families are presented with post-secondary options to help them make informed decisions.  PLP teachers help facilitate transition.