Linked Learning creates more opportunity for students to discover new aspirations, and graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and future careers. Linked Learning improves equity for California students. It inspires students who may never have imagined going to college to excel in high school, graduate, and succeed in college and life.
The Linked Learning Alliance aims to build a collective voice and coordinate efforts to expand access to Linked Learning. The Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to improving California’s high schools and preparing students for postsecondary education and career.Improving educational achievement for all students requires entire communities—including business leaders, parents, community organizations, and higher education—working together with educators as key stakeholders in the public education of their communities. Each community member has a role:
- Employers can help invest in the future of their workforce by providing students in Linked Learning pathways with exposure to high-quality work-based learning programs from a variety of industries and sectors. Business leaders also can encourage other businesses to participate in Linked Learning.
- Policymakers need to work together and with local communities to ensure that a favorable policy environment and funding are available to help expand Linked Learning opportunities for more students in the state.
- Educators are important in many ways. Because partnerships with employers and industry are essential for Linked Learning programs, district leaders play a key role in building support and maintaining successful relationships with business leaders. Teachers working in Linked Learning pathways are energized, engaged, and enthusiastic. They collaborate with their peers, interact with the larger community, are invested in their students’ success, and are fully supported by their principals and districts.
- Parents have an important role to play in creating Linked Learning pathways in their communities and advocating for expanded opportunities for their children. Parents should use their voices to tell other partners, as well as educators and policymakers, that they want Linked Learning for their children and their community.
- Students’ voices matters. Students can help expand Linked Learning opportunities to more students statewide by sharing their experience with policymakers, school officials, parents, and students.