About the Linked Learning Alliance

The Alliance is the engine that drives the Linked Learning movement. We are a national coalition of educators, employers, and community organizations dedicated to the success of young people. The Alliance was established in May 2008 and incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) in July 2015.

Growing Impact: Three Strategic Levers

The Linked Learning Alliance works at the intersection of practice, policy, and public will to expand Linked Learning’s scale and quality.

Creating public will for equity and excellence in education.

  • Amplifying the voices of students and educators; making their assets, needs, and hopes known by the public and policymakers
  • Making the case and building public commitment, and political will, for high-quality college and career preparation
  • Joining with corporate, education, and nonprofit partners to align messaging and expand the reach and effect of outreach promoting Linked Learning


Elevating the practice of Linked Learning.

  • Setting quality standards; supporting and celebrating effective practice through rigorous certification of Linked Learning pathways
  • Hosting Linked Learning institutes and peer learning events for educators and their local partners
  • Analyzing data from Linked Learning sites; commissioning research to inform practice improvement as well as expansion of the approach (e.g., implementing Linked Learning in alternative high school)


Advancing policies that champion all youth.

  • Providing Linked Learning research and outcomes to local, state, and national policymakers involved with youth development, educational and economic equity, workforce development, and related topics
  • Using data and insights from Linked Learning practice to generate strategies for scaling high-quality college and career preparation
  • Advocating for education, economic, and social policies that prioritize high-quality college and career preparation as means to benefit all youth and communities.

Meet the staff and board charged with bringing quality Linked Learning implementation to millions of students across the United States.

Linked learning gold pathway

Our Goal:

One million young people in Gold Certified Linked Learning Pathways by 2030

Scaling Innovation

Download this overview of the Alliance's strategies, roles, and goals.