Join peers and experts from across the Linked Learning field as we prepare to meet this uniquely golden moment to power equity and justice, growth and prosperity.

February 14–17, 2023 | San Diego, CA

about the conference

With increasing interest, new resources, fresh perspectives, and decades of proven practice, we have before us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catalyze greater coherence across district, state, and federal systems to create more seamless and transformative educational experiences for young people aged 14-24.

Our Golden Opportunity: Creating Coherence in College and Career Readiness is a four-day event bringing together educators, industry partners, and community leaders from across our field for the first major Linked Learning event to return in person.

Through this event, we hope to bring together public will-building, policy, and practice strategies to ignite a broader and more strongly aligned field-wide vision for college and career preparation.

This year’s conference will include:

  • Hands-on workshops centered on proven approaches including Linked Learning that blend rigorous college and career preparation and career technical learning for students of all abilities
  • Networking opportunities to meet and learn from hundreds of leaders, innovators, and educators across education and workforce development sectors
  • Celebrations of the field’s accomplishments as we pursue our goal of seeing 1 million young people in Golden pathways within the next decade.


agenda at a glance

Additional details coming soon.

Tuesday, February 14

1:00 - 5:00 pm | Pre-Conference Workshop: Catalyzing Coherence Lab
States across the country are investing deeply to develop the talent pipeline, yet. The impact will be dampened, however, if funding and strategies remain siloed and disparate. Instead, we can align K–12, postsecondary, and workforce efforts to develop integrated strategies that maximize this moment of historic public investment in college and career preparation. In this workshop, you’ll collaborate in teams that span sectors and systems to set a common vision that supports the full potential of our young people. Gain firsthand insights on equity-centered design. Strategize on funding a shared vision across multiple state and federal sources. Create plans that advance your community’s collective impact.

5:30-7:00pm | Welcome Reception

Wednesday, February 15

9:00 - 10:00 am | Opening Plenary—Meeting this Moment: Our Golden Opportunity
In a time when both adversity and resilience are on display in high relief, we have new clarity, catalytic resources, and powerful evidence pointing to what Linked Learning can do to connect students and communities to purpose, potential, and power.

10:00 - 12:00 pm | Workshops

12:00 - 1:30 pm | Keynote

1:30 - 4:00 pm | Workshops

4:00 - 5:00 pm | Learning Networks

Thursday, February 16

9:00 - 10:00 am | Opening Plenary—States Paving the Way to Purpose Through Effective Policy Change
Across the country, there is growing recognition that young people, ages 14–24, are in a decade of difference—a crucial, direction-setting time in their development that has been profoundly disrupted by the pandemic and long-running inequities. In response, state and local leaders are making bold strides to break through old siloes and connect high school, college, and career experiences as never before to reach and engage young people when it matters most and prepare them for all the future has to offer. In this session, we’ll spotlight state and community-based strategies that accelerate student momentum on the path to a meaningful postsecondary degree or credential.

10:00 - 12:00 pm | Workshops

12:00 - 1:30 pm | Keynote

1:30 - 4:00 pm | Workshops

4:00 - 5:00 pm | Learning Networks Strategy Session

6:30 - 8:30 pm | Linked Learning Awards Dinner and Celebration

Friday, February 17

9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Learning Network Roundup and Reflection Time

9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Coherence Lab 2.0

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