Thank you to the Linked Learning Convention 2016’s co-hosts, sponsors, San Diego leadership, and every attendee whom collectively made this convention an incredible success. This convention was purposed as an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and build relationships that will help expand Linked Learning opportunities for students in our communities and beyond. After convening from 8 states, a network of over 900 leaders, partners, and practitioners in the Linked Learning movement; we’re happy to announce that the Linked Learning Convention 2016 did just that. Thank you so much! We can’t wait to see you January 23-25, 2017 at the Linked Learning Convention 2017 in Oakland, CA!

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Pre-Conference Site Visit
Kearny High - Education Complex [SOLD OUT]
Since 1941, Kearny High Education Complex has had numerous institutional changes and is now composed of four autonomous schools. The site visit will include an opportunity to learn about how the school evolved over time to meet the needs of its students through its small schools approach, Fast Track partnership program with Mesa College, and its Early/Middle high school program. The award-winning school will host divide all the Linked Learning Convention 2016 Pre-conference participants within its four schools:

(1) School of Engineering, Innovation Design
(2) Digital Media and Design
(3) Science, Connections and Technology
(4) School of International Business

Advance Site Visits
San Diego Mesa College
For Linked Learning pathways, college readiness is not only a matter of entry without remediation. There are important roles that dual enrollment provides by helping students develop their self-perception as capable of college coursework, and also providing them accelerated standing in programs after high school. Responding to the demands of the community (parents, teachers, students), San Diego Mesa College was driven to think innovatively around program structures that would equally benefit high school and community college students, in addition to their respective faculties. The college developed an Accelerated College Program that permits high school students to take political science and mathematics courses taught by Mesa College faculty and earn college credits. Come learn about Mesa college’s partnership with Kearny and other area Linked Learning schools, advice on first steps for engaging postsecondary institutions , and learn from their experience developing MOU language for data sharing that are FERPA and HIPAA compliant and beneficial for program success.

Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab [SOLD OUT]
Through the Linked Learning approach, strong work-based learning experiences can support more than just soft skill development. The Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab exposes middle school students to STEM careers through participation in engineering experiments that are designed to facilitate self-assessment and college and career planning In addition to exposing students to engineering content and skills, the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab encourages students to map their strengths and explore career possibilities using the same tools and processes as Qualcomm employees. Join Ed Hidalgo, Senior Director of Government Affairs at Qualcomm, to learn how Qualcomm brings the world of work to middle school students, how these students impact the work culture at Qualcomm headquarters, and how employers can think outside the box to expand work-based learning offerings in their communities.

Del Lago Academy: Campus of Applied Science
Implementing strong Linked Learning pathways often requires schools to address challenges such as course scheduling, counseling capacity, and teacher collaboration. In addition, many programs have to find creative means to overcome student self-selection out of programs based on perceived capabilities for success. Del Lago Academy’s campus mission—to prepare future scholars, innovators and world citizens—is embedded throughout the courses and collaborative partnerships that support the pathway. After opening in Fall 2013, Del Lago Academy now hosts over 300 high school students in a combined Health Sciences and Biosciences pathway. Come see how Del Lago Academy, and,implements quality Linked Learning and leads their students to college and career success through the eMENTOR program, X-Block courses, their “It Takes a Village” approach, and work-based learning and concurrent enrollment partnerships.

Clairemont High School a Linked Learning Demonstration High School
Clairemont High School is converting their traditional high school into four Linked Learning pathways—Business, IT, Health Sciences and Engineering—which will encompass the entire student body. This site visit provides a unique opportunity to learn about best practices for transitioning a traditional public school into one that supports four academies, and best practices for shifting to an “academy friendly” school structure and culture. This site visit will also discuss how Linked Learning meets the academic and student support needs of traditionally underserved student populations that compose the majority of Clairemont High School’s student population.

All fees must be paid prior to the conference. To qualify for Early Bird Pricing, please pay by Dec 4th. Registration fees can be paid via credit card, check, or purchase orders. For credit card transactions, please e-mail Renee Felice at or make checks payable to ORGANIZATIONAL SERVICES, INC. and send to:

Organizational Services, Inc.
3380 Travis Pointe Road, Suite H
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

To request an invoice (group or individual), a W-9, or any additional payment information, please contact Renee Felice at

There is a service fee for all cancellations. If you cancel your registration before January 19, 2016, a $50 cancellation fee will apply. Cancellations after January 19, 2016 will receive a 50% refund. For questions regarding our refund policy, please contact Jared Mitchell at

Paradise Point Resort and Spa
1404 Vacation Road
San Diego, CA 92109
(800) 344-2626

Reserved doorstep parking directly outside guest rooms is available for $15.00 per day for overnight guests; daily parking in the main parking lot is free for participants not staying at the hotel

Book your stay at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa! For any questions regarding overnight room reservations, please contact Stephanie Nishioka, Meeting Planner for the Linked Learning Convention 2016, via



Interested in becoming a sponsor? Take a look at our Sponsorship Investment Packages and contact Kelly Reynolds at (916) 248-4848 or for more information.