A broad and diverse community of educators, employers, policymakers, and community-based organizations champion Linked Learning, aiming to expand and improve programs and offer them to more students across the state. But much of the work to develop effective Linked Learning pathways happens within the classroom, requiring new ways of thinking about curriculum, pedagogy, staffing, professional development, and more.
Several pathway networks and technical assistance organizations committed to the Linked Learning approach have been key providers of capacity building and technical assistance support to Linked Learning pathways and districts. They have worked with schools and districts to build systems of high-quality Linked Learning pathways by developing tools, supporting demonstrations, providing technical assistance and professional development, leading collaboration efforts, and promoting policies that expand Linked Learning overall. Below, you can find more information on support providers that are deeply committed to Linked Learning as a strategy for student success in high school and the transition to college and career.
Career Ladders Project
Career Ladders Project provides strategic advice and technical assistance to community colleges and their workforce partners on building career pathways and bridge programs. They pursue policy initiatives and make research-based recommendations regarding career ladders from a systems approach. Career Ladders Project also plays a role in a broad variety of privately and publicly funded programs and initiatives currently operating throughout California’s community colleges. As these initiatives mature, they work with state leadership and policy-makers to promote expansion and replication of successful projects as well as policy changes that support effective practices.
Center for Powerful Public Schools
Founded in 2003, Center for Powerful Public Schools — formerly the Los Angeles Small Schools Center — provides services to schools and districts in Greater Los Angeles and across California to develop, implement and sustain personalized, high-performing schools that advance public education and ensure student success. The Center’s work is focused on improving the region’s lowest-performing schools and ensuring that every student has access to a powerful public school: a place that embraces personalized pathways or learning communities, in which every student is well known and valued, in which the subject matter and projects feel relevant to students, every parent is engaged, and every student is well prepared to succeed in college, career and life. The Center for Powerful Public Schools believes that meaningful reform occurs when those closest to the work of schools have professional autonomy and the necessary supports to engage students in rigorous and relevant learning that is authentic and connected to students’ interests.
College & Career Academy Support Network (CCASN)
The College & Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) provides coaching, professional development, technical assistance, research and evaluation services to support high school education that prepares students for both college and careers. CCASN’s services are tailored to the needs of individual clients. They work with state, district, and school personnel and, when appropriate, include community, industry, and post-secondary education representatives.
ConnectEd: The California Center for College & Career
ConnectEd helps leaders and educators envision and chart a course of action for building systemic, sustainable and equitable college and career pathways. By partnering with school, district, and community leaders to transform education through Linked Learning pathways, they work so that all students, regardless of background, are prepared to succeed in college, career, community, and life. ConnectEd works with more than thirty school districts in California, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and New York, helping them to build their capacity to:
- Clarify what all students need to know and be able do to succeed in college, career, community, and life.
- Design and implement high quality college and career pathways.
- Strengthen capacity for effective learning, teaching and leading
- Construct equitable and sustainable district and regional systems.
Jobs for the Future (JFF)
Jobs for the Future (JFF) expands the capacity of a wide range of clients — including school districts, community colleges, employers, nonprofits, workforce boards, and state agencies — to dramatically improve the career prospects of those struggling to succeed in today’s economy. JFF’s services build on 30 years of experience in designing, implementing, and supporting accelerated pathways that propel at-risk youth and low-skilled adults to enter college and earn post-secondary credentials with immediate labor market value.
Linked Learning Alliance
As the central hub of the Linked Learning movement, the Linked Learning Alliance coordinates and connects efforts to advocate for students’ access to high-quality Linked Learning options. Working with member organizations and districts, the Alliance educates policymakers and the public about Linked Learning’s potential to transform the lives of students and support our state’s economy. It also serves as a hub for sharing information among member organizations about Linked Learning advocacy and implementation efforts. The Alliance develops a range of communications, policy, curriculum (see the Linked Learning Course List) and technology resources (including LaunchPath, Linked Learning Analytics, and Linked Learning Certification) to support high-quality Linked Learning pathways. They also support district and community efforts to establish, expand, and sustain Linked Learning options for students and work closely with post-secondary institutions and industry partners to increase college and career opportunities for Linked Learning graduates.
NAF’s educational design ignites students’ passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships. Since 1982, NAF has been partnering with existing high schools in high-need communities to enhance school systems at a low cost by implementing NAF academies – small learning communities within traditional high schools. NAF has grown from one Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2015-16 school year nearly 89,000 students attended 716 NAF academies across 36 states, including DC and the US Virgin Islands. In 2015, NAF academies reported 98% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates planned to go to college.
Pivot Learning is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to revitalize public school systems so that all students have the opportunity to succeed in college and career. Pivot partners with education leaders at all levels to provide the knowledge, skills and support proven to strengthen educational systems and transform teaching and learning.