Guest commentary: Nonprofit’s big bet on linked learning

The Atlantic Philanthropies is committed to spending its considerable endowment by 2020 in a final push to find workable answers to some seemingly intractable social problems.

That means we are making fewer — but larger — grants that have the potential to produce sustainable progress, including major investments that are helping to create new opportunities for young people to pursue health care careers in Oakland-Alameda County.

One is an $11 million grant to the Oakland Unified School District to expand the Linked Learning program, providing professional development, classroom renovation and a restructured school day, while creating public health student internships.