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It's Back: Linked Learning 101

August 3, 2021

It’s the beginning of August and many of you know what that means - returning to school for students, educators, administrators, and staff alike. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of starting a new academic year, but it’s the perfect time to consider how your pathway will achieve and maintain equitable student outcomes systematically in distance, hybrid, and in-person settings. Whether you are in a district that is implementing Linked Learning districtwide or you are just beginning to explore the power of combining college and career learning, Linked Learning 101 is designed for new and emerging pathway teams or individuals who are interested in deepening their knowledge about Linked Learning, a proven approach to excellence and equity in education.

Check out all you need to know about the workshop below:

What is Linked Learning 101?

Linked Learning 101 is a foundational workshop series bringing together educational leaders and teams who are considering or at an early stage of designing and developing Linked Learning pathways. Across four workshops, you will engage with inspiring work already happening in Linked Learning schools and districts, and hear from students, partners, and seasoned Linked Learning practitioners and leaders. They’ll share how they have used Linked Learning in their context to support their priorities with a focus on equity and impact.

The experiences and knowledge you’ll gain through this workshop series will help you to grow your practice and gain action-oriented tools that support equitable educational opportunities for students during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

What can I expect from Linked Learning 101?

The series will focus on the structures and practices that underpin the design and development of Linked Learning pathways. Through engaging flipped content, interactive breakout sessions, and dedicated collaboration time, you will:

  • Understand the Linked Learning standards and how they support equity and student success
  • Draft an integrated program of study and develop an action plan to create key elements
  • Design a work-based learning continuum/plan aligned to the integrated program of study
  • Create a pathway student support plan that integrates all staff and SEL strategies

There will be an optional presentation of learning in January, which will allow you to share with other participants the successes and challenges of applying your learnings from the series.

You will be able to answer the following questions by the end of the workshop series:

  • How can you use the Linked Learning approach to plan and implement pathways that provide real-world learning experiences and prepare students for college, career, and civic life?
  • What systems, structures, and policies are necessary to ensure Linked Learning leads to equitable student experiences and outcomes?

What are the expected outcomes of each workshop?

  • Session 1: Introduction to Linked Learning
    • Understand the Linked Learning standards and how they support equity and student success
    • Identify site and district critical conditions, structures, and capacities necessary to support high-quality Linked Learning pathways
    • Learn how to use the Linked Learning approach and certification to plan or improve pathways
  • Session 2: Designing Equitable and Integrated Programs of Study
    • Understand how the behaviors of learning and teaching support integration of CTE and core academic outcomes and skills
    • Draft or refine an integrated program of study and develop an action plan to develop critical elements
    • Pathway specific outcomes aligned to workforce and industry (aligned to graduate profile or other district site outcomes)
  • Session 3: Designing a Continuum of Work-Based Learning
    • Learn how to develop an integrated and equitable continuum of work-based learning
    • Understand how community partners and an advisory board can support the design and development of equitable and high-quality pathways
    • Learn how to use what we learned during distance learning to support equitable pathway experiences
    • Get resources and strategies to implement high-quality and equitable work-based learning in their context
  • Session 4: Designing Integrated Student Supports
    • Learn how to develop a system of integrated student support to meet the developmental needs of each young person and equip all for a successful transition to college, career, and civic life
    • Understand the importance of socio-emotional learning and how to apply within a Linked Learning pathway equitably and intentionally
    • Consider how using data can inform effective and equitable practices as part of your pathway and support team
    • Understand the role of a Wrap-Around pathway support team that can leverage resources and support staff to create a college and career readiness team (counselor, academic, and CTE teachers, other support staff)
  • LL 101 Presentations of Learning (Optional)
    • Share something you have learned or developed as part of one or more workshops and receive feedback from Linked Learning staff and peers

What is Linked Learning?

Linked Learning is a proven approach to college and career education that engages young people, transforms communities, and advances equity. Learn more about the Linked Learning approach.

Is Linked Learning 101 right for me and my team?

Linked Learning 101 is designed for new and emerging pathway teams or individuals who are interested in:

  • Learning about the Linked Learning approach, standards, and certification process
  • Designing or developing Linked Learning pathways
  • Re-engaging in their certification journey

Both teams and individuals are encouraged to attend, especially:

  • District leaders, site administrators, and pathway leads
  • Counselors, work-based learning coordinators, and core academic and CTE teachers
  • Those who have limited knowledge of Linked Learning and want to learn more
  • Those who are at an early stage of Linked Learning implementation, including those working toward their Linked Learning Silver certification

Those who already have Linked Learning established and thriving in their schools or districts are still welcome to attend, but may find other Professional Learning opportunities more beneficial for their pathway’s continuous improvement.

When is Linked Learning 101?

  1. Introduction to Linked Learning - Thursday, September 30, 2021, 3:30-5:30pm PDT
  2. Designing Equitable and Integrated Programs of Study - Thursday, October 7, 2021, 3:30-5:30pm PDT
  3. Designing a Continuum of Work-Based Learning - Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 3:30-5:30pm PDT
  4. Designing Integrated Student Supports - Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 3:30-5:30pm PST
  5. (Optional) Presentation of Learning - Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 3:30-5:00pm PST

Sounds great! How do I register?

Register before September 22nd to take advantage of early bird pricing - you can save $30 - $50 per person!

  • Before September 22nd
    • $99 per workshop
    • $299 for all four workshops
  • After September 22nd
    • $129 per workshop
    • $349 for all four workshops

We encourage all participants to participate in the first workshop to provide the necessary framing about Linked Learning and the workshop series. All workshops will be recorded and access to the videos, tools, and resources will be available after the workshop for anyone registered.

For any questions, please contact the Linked Learning Alliance Events & External Relations Manager, LoMo Phillips at