FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2017
Nancy Xiong, Strategic Communications Specialist
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Sacramento, CA – The Linked Learning Alliance today announced that the Lancaster Academy of Multimedia Programming and Engineering (LAMPE), is the first pathway certified as a Linked Learning Silver Pathway in Linked Learning Certification. LAMPE is a pathway offered by Lancaster High School in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. The Linked Learning Alliance launched Linked Learning Certification in January at its annual convention. The LAMPE pathway has been working toward Silver recognition since the launch.
LAMPE’s goal is to develop global workforce leaders and innovators in multi-media, technical arts, and engineering. The academy helps student learn to think critically, work collaboratively, solve complex problems and synthesize innovations for the future.
“LAMPE Academy used Linked Learning Certification as a barometer to measure the fidelity and quality of Linked Learning,” said Greg Nehen, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Antelope Valley Union High School District. “Using certification to measure our progress is now a best practice as we look at expanding and evaluating all of our pathways and career academies. Our goal is to ensure that all graduates have a full range of knowledge and workplace readiness skills that prepare them for college and career options in the competitive global marketplace. Linked Learning Certification is helping us meet this goal.”
Linked Learning Silver Pathways demonstrate integration of the core components of Linked Learning into their curriculum and they use data to improve student outcomes.
Linked Learning Certification supports and incentivizes high quality Linked Learning pathways. It gives districts and schools a way to measure pathway progress along a continuum of quality practices and student outcomes. The clear standards of excellence help school leaders identify what is working well and what aspects of Linked Learning implementation need improvement to better impact student success.
“Certified pathways raise the standard for student preparation for college and career, and give students an advantage,” said Christopher Cabaldon, president of the Linked Learning Alliance. “Congratulations to LAMPE, Lancaster High School and the Antelope Valley Union High School District on LAMPE’s achievement as the first Linked Learning Silver Pathway.”
Lancaster High School currently has 2,425 students enrolled. Of their students, 62 percent are eligible for free/reduced-price meals and 80percent identify as belonging to a minority ethnic group. (source: http://www.cde.ca.gov)
Research shows that Linked Learning students in certified pathways completed more college preparatory courses compared to similar students in traditional high school. Linked Learning students in certified pathways are less likely to drop out and more likely to graduate than peers in traditional high school programs. Also, students coming into Linked Learning with low achievement scores demonstrate greater academic success than similar students enrolled in traditional high schools. Compared with their peers, Linked Learning students report greater confidence in their life and career skills, and say they are experiencing more rigorous, integrated, and relevant instruction.
For more information about Linked Learning Certification, visit: http://www.linkedlearning.org/certification-analytics/
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. | www.linkedlearning.org