Established in May 2008, the Linked Learning Alliance aims to build a collective voice and coordinate efforts to expand access to Linked Learning in California—an approach to high school that integrates rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities in fields of engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more.
Goals of the Linked Learning Alliance
- Build awareness and understanding of Linked Learning through field stewardship and accountability.
- Expand student access to high quality pathways—locally, regionally, and statewide – through:
- Increasing the availability of rigorous college- and career-ready courses and supporting curriculum, as well as the professional development necessary to effectively implement and continuously enhance these courses.
- Articulating a common vision of quality Linked Learning pathway implementation and providing the means to measure, validate, and support quality implementation.
- Driving demand for Linked Learning and support of Linked Learning pathways through partnerships with school districts, employers, and postsecondary institutions.
- Supporting scale and sustainability through policies that align evidence-based practices with federal, state, and local accountability.
- Leverage resources and expertise to promote Linked Learning, by convening:
- Practitioners, capacity builders, and support providers to discuss, learn from, and develop best practices for integrating academic and technical content, work-based learning, and student supports through a Linked Learning pathway approach.
- District leaders to articulate and share opportunities to align policy, funding, and partnerships to support practitioner to implement a Linked Learning approach.
- Employers and industry associations to improve the alignment of education and workforce systems through a focus on work-based learning opportunities that apply classroom learning and 21st century skills in real world contexts.
- Postsecondary leaders and faculty to facilitate postsecondary transitions through strategies that increase and accelerate college entry, credit attainment, and completion rates.
- Equity organizations to ensure that the Linked Learning pathways are open to and meeting the needs of students regardless of background, history, or prior academic experience, and so that all students succeed in and complete their program of study.
- Research, data, and program evaluation experts to understand the impacts of Linked Learning, identify areas of improvement, highlight successes, and translate them into actionable strategies for practitioners and policymakers.