March 2013

FEATURED POST

Join Us for the Linked Learning Alliance Spring 2013 Convening in Sacramento

Christopher Cabaldon, Executive Director, Linked Learning Alliance

Christopher Cabaldon, Executive Director, Linked Learning Alliance

The Linked Learning field is gaining momentum like never before. Dozens of schools and districts have committed to making Linked Learning a district-wide improvement strategy and are participating in the new AB 790 Linked Learning Pilot Program. 

 

They join other schools and districts that have been implementing Linked Learning for years. Combined, they serve more than one third of the state’s high school students. We want each of these students to have high quality Linked Learning experiences so they will be well prepared for college, career and life.

 

I hope you will consider joining us for the  Linked Learning Alliance Spring 2013 Convening on Friday, April 26 in Sacramento.

 

This convening is an excellent opportunity to learn how you can help improve Linked Learning policy and practice. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers and participate in hands-on workshops where you can learn from experts in the field and collaborate with your peers. In addition to taking home a tool box full of relevant policy and communications resources, attendees will learn how to: 

  • Advance state Linked Learning policy 
  • Strengthen district-wide Linked Learning implementation strategies 
  • Foster public support for Linked Learning pathways
Whether you are a teacher, principal, school board member, superintendent, district leader, mayor, business leader, college faculty member or part of an AB 790 Pilot Program consortia, you will benefit by joining us at this convening.

 

Together we will learn how to ensure the Linked Learning promise of college and career readiness is realized for more students across the state. 

FACT: The Linked Learning approach reaches more than 1/3 of California’s high school students. Read more interesting Linked Learning facts here

Watch This: Why you should be excited about attending the Linked Learning Alliance Spring 2013 Convening.
Linked Learning Alliance- Join us at the Spring 2013 Convening!

Spotlight: As Linked Learning Expands Throughout CA, Need to Train More Teachers Grows
 

When the California AB 790 Linked Learning Pilot Program is fully implemented, Linked Learning will be available to more than one third of the state’s high school students, that’s approximately 700,000 students. As Linked Learning expands rapidly across the state, the need to prepare more teachers with the necessary Linked Learning skills and knowledge also grows.

To meet this need, a growing network of universities has been developing teacher preparation programs that provide the Linked Learning Lens to the state-approved Single Subject Credential Program, including San Diego State University (SDSU), CSU Fresno, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Long Beach, CSU East Bay, UCLA and Claremont Graduate University. The Linked Learning Lens brings a new focus to California’s Standards for Teacher Preparation by helping teachers understand, appreciate, and apply Linked Learning skills and proficiencies to those standards.

Dr. Nancy Farnan of San Diego State University (SDSU) College of Education recently noted in a blog post for ConnectEd, that teacher preparation programs are integrating elements of Linked Learning into their curriculum. This new focus is needed because elements important to Linked Learning, such as work-based learning, project-based learning, integrated curriculum, and how to establish partnerships, are not currently part of California’s teacher preparation standards, known as the California’s Teacher Preparation Expectations. (Watch this video to see the Linked Learning Teacher Prep program in action, or click here to read Nancy’s full post.)

Now a new Linked Learning Certificate is available for Linked Learning practitioners through a partnership between SDSU School of Education and ConnectEd. The Linked Learning Certificate, which is comprised of five online courses, will be offered through the College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University, and will provide important support to teachers who want and need to increase their knowledge and skills as Linked Learning teachers.

Interested in learning more about the Linked Learning Lens Network? Join an upcoming webinar on March 7 from 3:30-5:00pm, Clinical Designs Advancing STEM Teacher Preparation and Linked Learning. In addition, webinar presenters will discuss successful strategies for advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the Linked Learning secondary approach in clinical teacher preparation. Register here.

Dr. Farnan serves on the Linked Learning Alliance Leadership Council. For more information on the Linked Learning Certificate, contact Nancy Farnan at nfarnan@mail.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-1366 and visit ConnectEd’s website.

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