by Hilary McLean, Linked Learning
Linked Learning is an approach to college and career readiness that integrates rigorous academics, sequenced technical training, work-based learning and personalized student supports that is most often provided through high school career pathways. The approach continues to grow in prominence across California because of its positive impacts on student engagement, achievement and post-secondary success. Linked Learning also provides the ideal platform for cross-sector collaboration and policy development on an array of topic areas that focus on equity, curriculum and instruction, workforce development, dual-enrollment and more.
To discuss such policy topics The Linked Learning Alliance invites you to attend the upcoming Policy Convening, which will be held in Sacramento, CA on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 from 7:30am – 5:30pm. The Convening will provide opportunities to hear from dynamic speakers, participate in working sessions with policymakers, and collaborate with leaders in the Linked Learning field. This is a great opportunity to connect with Linked Learning individuals during the 15 working sessions that focuses on many key policy topics. To register for the Linked Learning Alliance Policy Convening click here.
Students who participate in certified Linked Learning pathways are more likely to stay enrolled in their school district; less likely to drop out; are earning more credits than similar peers in traditional high schools; are more likely to be on track to complete a–g requirements; and report greater confidence in their life and career skills. The approach is broadly supported by teachers and school administrators, business and industry leaders, the Chancellors of the California State University and California Community College systems, community-based organizations, and workforce investment boards. To learn more about the Linked Learning approach to College and Career Readiness please visit the CSBA website under Student Achievement or click here.
Hear from other CSBA members about the difference Linked Learning can make in your district: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r0vmGtXIiI&t=87
Additional Linked Learning Resources produced by CSBA:
• A Governance Perspective: Interviews with School Board Members from the Nine Linked Learning Initiative School Districts (6/14)
• The Linked Learning Approach to High School Reform
• Fact Sheet: Linked Learning SCOPE Case Study: Porterville
• Fact Sheet: Linked Learning SCOPE Case Study: Pasadena
• Fact Sheet: Linked Learning SCOPE Case Study: Sacramento
• Fact Sheet: Using Linked Learning to Implement CCSS
• Fact Sheet: America’s Edge Report: Reducing the Skills Gap
Linked Learning provides students with the opportunity to develop a passion for learning by connecting their coursework with interests, aspirations and real-world hands-on applications. The approach helps students decide what they want to do after high school, prepares them for the challenges of college and career, and makes sure they have the knowledge and skills to seize opportunities that come their way.
We hope that you take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage in the Linked Learning policy conversation happening in Sacramento, network with others in the field, and bring back information that will to useful to your district’s efforts on Linked Learning.
Please contact Cesar Toledo, Project Manager at the Linked Learning Alliance at Cesar@linkedlearning.org if you have any questions regarding the 2015 Policy Convening.