Linked Learning Convention 2018

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity for networking, strategic, and professional learning from peers. The convention, being held at the Anaheim Marriott this year, brings together more than 900 leaders in K-12 and postsecondary education, business, work force, research, policy and nonprofit for thoughtful discussion and learning aimed at ensuring all students are well prepared for college, career, and life. Attendees will be able to hear from dynamic speakers, participate in interactive breakout sessions, learn through experiential site visits, and interact with Linked Learning students.

Download the 2018 Linked Learning Convention Flyer to share with your colleagues and network.

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Schedule At-A-Glance



Breakout Sessions

To view breakout sessions by strand, please ‘add sort’ by ‘Thematic Strands’ from A -> Z.

Site Visits

Choose from one of four site visits to spend your morning at. Site visits will occur at the same time as the Pre-Conference therefore you will not be able to attend both. Register here!

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.

Featured Events

This year’s Linked Learning Convention pre-Conference experience brings an opportunity for educators new to Linked Learning to gain a better understanding of Linked Learning foundations and methodologies. Linked Learning implementation is rooted in a commitment to integrating academics and career training to produce graduates who are college and career ready. Attendees learn What Linked Learning is, Why it is such a powerful strategy, and How a district supports high quality implementation of LInked Learning in pathways. Via a site visit brought to the Pre-Con, participants will meet a team from the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the first pathway to achieve Linked Learning Silver Certification. Participants will leave the pre-conference being able to visualize and communicate what needs to be in place at a classroom, school site and at a school district in order to bring Linked Learning to life in their home district. Join us!

Catering for Site Visit Lunches by Linked Learning Students
The Culinary Arts Pathway at El Modena High School in Orange, CA has been hired to cater delicious box lunches for all Convention delegates participating in the optional site visits.

Interactive Convention Kick-off Reception
Join us at our best reception yet, featuring student exhibitions and Makerspace activities!

Linked Learning Makerspace (Presented by the CSU and the Community Science Workshop Network)
Come join us in the Linked Learning Convention Makerspace and discover instructional innovations, demonstrations, resources, and ideas for enhancing STEM learning and teaching. The Makerspace will be a place for you to explore, play, build, make, and learn as a convention community. Meet experts in the field and see examples of successful Community Science Workshops, Library and school-based makerspaces, project and problem-based learning, and equity-minded practices.

Networking Lunch
Attendees at past Linked Learning Conventions have told us that more networking time is in high demand. This luncheon is your chance to select and participate in a networking topic of your choice. If you have an idea or aspect of Linked Learning that you want to talk about, add your idea to the topic list in the morning. At lunchtime, look for a table flag with that topic. You can also meet up with colleagues and friends for unstructured conversation about your Convention experience.

Book Tour Meet-Up Lunch
In 2012, Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), in partnership with states and regions across the nation, launched the Pathways to Prosperity Network to reimagine the K-12 through post-secondary educational experience. The newly released book, Learning for Careers: The Pathways to Prosperity Network, summarizes the growing multistate initiative. Enjoy your lunch while hearing from authors and network co-founders Nancy Hoffman of JFF and Robert Schwartz of HGSE about their experience watching the proliferation of the pathway movement.

Featured Speakers

Ryan Smith, Executive Director of The Education Trust-West will kick off the Convention and provide inspiration to convention attendees about achieving equity – a guiding principle of Linked Learning at the breakfast plenary on Tuesday, February 13.

Ryan J. Smith is currently the Executive Director of The Education Trust-West, a research and advocacy organization focused on educational justice and the high academic achievement of all California students, particularly those of color and living in poverty. The Education Trust-West is a critical partner in the Linked Learning field, and the organization brings a passion for advancing equity in public education that is valued and shared across the Linked Learning Alliance.

Info about more speakers to come soon…

Hotel & Transportation

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 750-8000

We are pleased to offer convention attendees a special conference rate of $220 single/double occupancy for Sunday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 13. Cut off date: January 21, 2018 January 28, 2018 (extended!)

To make a reservation:
By Phone: (877) 622-3056 and reference the “Linked Learning Conference”

A small block of rooms at the government rate are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please be prepared to provide proof that you are eligible for this rate upon check in.

Book at:
The access code is LLAGRR0218312.

All room rates are exclusive of applicable taxes and fees, which are currently 15% occupancy tax, 2% Anaheim tourism Improvement District Assessment and a California State Tourism Fee of $0.94 and $.14 tax per room night. These fees are subject to change.

Getting to the Hotel

Karmel Shuttle Service is providing a special Discount exclusively for our 2018 Linked Learning Convention attendees!
Reservations are required. Make quick and easy reservations by clicking here.

For reservations within 12 hrs. of pick-up time, please call Karmel Shuttle Toll free at 1-888-995-(RIDE) 7433.
Mention Promo code: “LLAC18” to receive your discounted rate.