The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to improving California’s high schools and preparing students for success in college, career, and life. Established in May 2008, the Linked Learning Alliance aims to build a collective voice and coordinate efforts to expand access to Linked Learning in California—an approach to high school that integrates rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities in fields of engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more.
As the central hub of the Linked Learning movement, the Alliance coordinates and connects efforts to advocate for students’ access to high-quality Linked Learning options. Working with member organizations and districts, the Alliance educates policymakers and the public about Linked Learning’s potential to transform the lives of students and support our state’s economy. It also serves as a hub for sharing information among member organizations about Linked Learning advocacy and implementation efforts, and work closely with post-secondary institutions and industry partners to increase college and career opportunities for Linked Learning graduates.
The Linked Learning Alliance has worked with district, post-secondary, industry, and community partners to develop a range of communications, policy, curriculum (see the Linked Learning Course List) and technology resources (including LaunchPath, Linked Learning Analytics, and Linked Learning Certification) to support high-quality Linked Learning pathways.
Goals of the Linked Learning Alliance
- Build awareness and understanding of Linked Learning through field stewardship and accountability.
- Expand student access to high quality pathways—locally, regionally, and statewide – through:
- Increasing the availability of rigorous college- and career-ready courses and supporting curriculum, as well as the professional development necessary to effectively implement and continuously enhance these courses.
- Articulating a common vision of quality Linked Learning pathway implementation and providing the means to measure, validate, and support quality implementation.
- Driving demand for Linked Learning and support of Linked Learning pathways through partnerships with school districts, employers, and postsecondary institutions.
- Supporting scale and sustainability through policies that align evidence-based practices with federal, state, and local accountability.
- Leverage resources and expertise to promote Linked Learning, by convening:
- Practitioners, capacity builders, and support providers to discuss, learn from, and develop best practices for integrating academic and technical content, work-based learning, and student supports through a Linked Learning pathway approach.
- District leaders to articulate and share opportunities to align policy, funding, and partnerships to support practitioner to implement a Linked Learning approach.
- Employers and industry associations to improve the alignment of education and workforce systems through a focus on work-based learning opportunities that apply classroom learning and 21st century skills in real world contexts.
- Postsecondary leaders and faculty to facilitate postsecondary transitions through strategies that increase and accelerate college entry, credit attainment, and completion rates.
- Equity organizations to ensure that the Linked Learning pathways are open to and meeting the needs of students regardless of background, history, or prior academic experience, and so that all students succeed in and complete their program of study.
- Research, data, and program evaluation experts to understand the impacts of Linked Learning, identify areas of improvement, highlight successes, and translate them into actionable strategies for practitioners and policymakers.