Linked Learning Convention 2018

Thank you for attending the 2018 Linked Learning Convention! Below you will find slide decks, transcripts, audio clips and photos from the convention. Don’t forget to read Alliance President Anne B. Stanton’s convention wrap-up blog post. If you have any questions, please e-mail


Below are photos from the convention broken into different albums, for a full list of albums, visit our Flickr Page.

Preparation (Convention 2018)
Back-of-the-house Tour (Convention 2018)
Pre-Conference (Convention 2018)
Kick-off Reception/Makerspace (Convention 2018)
Opening Plenary and Breakouts (Convention 2018)
VIP Reception (Convention 2018)
Breakfast of Champions (Convention 2018)
Research Roundtable (Convention 2018)
Swag Store (Convention 2018)
Photoshoots (Convention 2018)

Plenary Sessions

Below are pdfs of slide decks from the Convention’s three plenaries as well as photos and audio clips and transcripts of select speeches.

MONDAY: Pre-conference plenary | Slides | Photos

TUESDAY: Opening Plenary | Slides | Photos

WEDNESDAY: Breakfast of Champions | Slides | Photos

Breakout Sessions

Below are pdfs of slide decks from the breakout sessions.

  1. All Classrooms Are Created Equal: Providing Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Opportunity Youth
  2. Alignment East Bay: Thinking Forward
  3. Aligning education partners to grow our own Linked Learning future educators
  4. A Collaborative Process for Measuring and Monitoring Pathway Growth, Effectiveness, and Success
  5. Where the crosswalk ends: helping students define their post-secondary paths
  6. User-Centered Collaboration: Moving the Needle
  7. Unlocking Time: A New Look at Master Scheduling
  8. Transforming the American High School Experience: NAF’s Four-Year Longitudinal Study
  9. To the Finish Line: Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep Class of 2018
  10. Teaching and Learning the Societal Context of Issues in STEM
  11. Solving Real World Challenges: Examples of Hands-On Projects for the Linked Learning Classroom
  12. Social and Emotional Learning
  13. Scaling Strategies for Professional School Counselor Success
  14. Rethinking High Schools Using a Change Design Approach
  15. Real World Learning: A Bridge Between the Classroom and the Workplace
  16. Pulling Back the Curtain: What Colleges Need to Systematically Support Pathways
  17. Preparing our students for a skillFULL life
  18. Preparing Pre-service & Practicing Teachers to Integrate Linked Learning Approaches
  19. Preparing Pre-service & Practicing Teachers to Integrate Linked Learning Approaches
  20. Power Up Your Project: Using Industry Standards to Increase Rigor
  21. The Power of Partnerships: Building the African American Planning Conference
  22. Policies to Strengthen the Pathway Teacher Workforce in a Teacher Shortage Crisis
  23. Pipelines to public service and civic engagement through a Government Sector Workforce Cluster
  24. A PBL/Linked Learning Summer Institute Model: Guiding Interdisciplinary Teams in Project Design
  25. Pathway Quality: You’re Certifiable!
  26. Our Quest to Create a Project-Based Learning Cohort: Strategies for Implementation
  27. Opportunity Youth Need Linked Learning Too
  28. The one thing you should be doing to support wall-to-wall pathway development
  29. NAFTrack Certification and Linked Learning Pathways
  30. Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events
  31. Mentorships and Internships
  32. Measuring College/Career Readiness and Outcomes in the CORE Data System
  33. Mastery-Based Grading (MBG): A Paradigm Shift
  34. Master Schedule Solutions: Finding Solutions to some of the Biggest Challenges in the effective Scheduling of Pathways
  35. Mapping K16 Pathways and Building Cross-Institutional K16 Communities of Practice
  36. Making Pathways More Relevant: Bringing the Real World into the Classroom Through Inquiry
  37. Making the Linked Learning Ecosystem Work
  38. Linked Learning at the K-8 Level
  39. Linked Learning and Cultural Competence: Engaging At-Risk Student Groups
  40. Lessons Learned: Teacher Pathways, Academic Preparation of Linked Learning Teachers, CTE Opportunities
  41. Lessons Learned: Teacher Pathways, Academic Preparation of Linked Learning Teachers, CTE Opportunities
  42. Lessons Learned from a First Year Wall-to-Wall Linked Learning Comprehensive High School
  43. Integrated Curriculum Design Studio
  44. The importance of Social Capital: It’s both what you know and whom
  45. How to Get Started in Linked Learning: A Roundtable Discussion
  46. How Teachers are Introducing 21st Century Skills in Linked Learning Pathways
  47. How Classroom Design Advances Teaching 21st Century Skills
  48. How Can We Scale Innovation Within and Between Districts Through Networks?
  49. Hearing from Our Grads
  50. Growing the pie before cutting it – how Strive San Jose increases business engagement through collaboration
  51. GLOBE Mission EARTH – Using NASA Assets and the GLOBE Program to Connect Learning to STEM Careers
  52. The Future of Work:  Implications and Considerations for College and Career Readiness
  53. Expanding the sustainability of Linked Learning through Integrated Student Supports: A discussion of current policies and practices related to school counseling programs
  54. The Evolution of a Hub: A Reflection on Two Years of the Linked Learning Hubs of Excellence Initiative
  55. The Entrepreneurial Mindset as an On-Ramp to Opportunity
  56. Engaging small businesses in work-based learning
  57. The double whammy: Strengthen industry partnerships + find CTE teachers
  58. Developing High Quality Linked Learning A-G Course Descriptions: Signature Elements of a Linked Learning Course
  59. Developing Leadership Capacity and Systems to Support Scaling Linked Learning Pathways
  60. Developing a College and Career Success Culture
  61. Design Thinking + PBL + Partners = Real Learning
  62. CTE student intern/ambassador program
  63. CTE credentialing in Linked Learning Programs of Study
  64. Cross-Role Inquiry that Strengthens Professional Capital
  65. Create your own Integrated Unit!
  66. College Success for All: Integrating College Credit and Experiences in Your Pathway
  67. Collaborations, Creating A “YES AND” Network Of Support And Participation
  68. Collaborating with Tech Employers to Develop Diverse Local Talent Pipelines
  69. Choose Your Future High School Exposition – When Wild Ideas Become Reality
  70. Certification and Communications 101: Tools to Communicate and Celebrate Your Linked Learning Pathway Progress and Quality
  71. CCASN’s College and Career Pathways Leadership Guide: Resources to Solve Problems of Practice
  72. Career Technical Education, Expanded Learning Programs, and a Community-Based Organization; A Successful District Partnership Model Supporting Linked-Learning
  73. Career Exploration through Simulation
  74. Career and College Readiness System Alignment Framework for Supporting Student Transitions
  75. The Business of Teaching…creating a real world classroom experience
  76. Linked Learning: Bridging English language proficiency for English Language Learners
  77. Brain Rules: Why Linked Learning Works
  78. Beyond Distributed Leadership- Building reciprocal accountability and rich learning environments for leaders in our schools
  79. Better Together; Learning, Creating and Implementing a Regional Collaborative
  80. Apprenticeship Mythbusting

Site Visits

Pathway sponsored by: Paxton Patterson
For the high school site visit, Linked Learning Convention attendees will travel to El Modena High School, located in Orange Unified School district. This site implements the most integrated college and career pathways we have ever seen at one school, which provide career training and education in eight industry sectors. Major components of this visit include: a brief stop at a local middle school beginning to implement career education, panel discussion with pathway and district staff and stakeholders, and lunch served by the culinary pathway students.

4-year College
The role of the California State University system as a partner in Linked Learning efforts has rapidly expanded over the past few years. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit CSU Long Beach, one of the earliest CSU sites to become involved in Linked Learning. This site visit will discuss partnerships between school districts and CSUs, lessons learned from attempting university/faculty buy-in of Linked Learning, and how the CSU is working to prepare the next cohort of Linked Learning teachers .

Urban Workshop
Attendees will get an opportunity to experience one of the largest “Maker Spaces” on the west coast! This facility is designed specifically for pathway implementation by providing a place for students to develop technical STEM skills relevant to the workforce.

Orange County Chamber of Commerce
The Linked Learning Alliance is pleased to provide an intermediary site visit as part of Linked Learning Convention activities. The North Orange County Chamber of Commerce has boldly invested in their internal infrastructure to ensure that schools and districts are supported by industry as they provide relevant career training for students. Attendees will learn how the chamber evolved from a thought partner to a driver of regional pathway implementation through their role as an intermediary and community partner.