The Linked Learning Alliance is excited to host our Policy Convening this Spring at the Crocker Art Museum on Monday, April 25th. The convening is a venue for policymakers in districts, state agencies, and our legislature to discuss opportunities for state and local policy to better support and drive Linked Learning Implementation. The convening will also feature discussions related to how the field is impacted by federal legislation including Perkins, WIOA, and the newly chaptered ESSA regulations. District attendees will have the opportunity to directly brainstorm and collaborate with state policymakers as well as other leading practitioners from the field to reinforce and leverage their current networks. The policy convening is an event where we also celebrate the achievements of the field by honoring the recipients of our Policymaker Champion Award, Educator Champion Award, Employer Champion Award and Anne B. Stanton Impact Award.


Monday, April 25, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Linked Learning Policy Convening

8:30 am - 10:00 am  Breakfast Plenary Session
10:15 am - 11:30 am Breakout Session 1
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Breakout Session 2
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch Plenary Session
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout Session 3

Linked Learning Policy Convening 2016 Adjourns

10:15 am - 11:30 am
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
How the California Teacher Shortage Affects Linked Learning and Potential SolutionsImpact of Academic/CTE Integration on College and Career Readiness
and the Teacher Workforce
Defining Integrated Student Supports
K-14 Policy Solutions to Decrease RemediationImplementing Concurrent Enrollment OpportunitiesEstablishing Linked Learning in Local Communities and Agendas
Leveraging WIOA for Linked Learning ImplementationESSA and the Next Generation of Linked Learning ImplementationCTE Incentive Grant: Considerations for Year Two


How the California Teacher Shortage Affects Linked Learning and Potential Solutions
This session will discuss collaborative policy solutions, within academic/credentialing structures and workforce development, for developing sustainable, long-term recruitment and retention strategies that address the teacher shortage within the Linked Learning field. 

Conversation leads:
Joan Bissell, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Jared Stallones, California State University Long Beach College of Education
Patricia Rucker, California Teachers Association
Tim Rainey, California Workforce Development Board
Theresa McEwen, College and Career Academy Support Network

APLE Bill Language
AB 1756 Bill language

K-14 Policy Solutions to Decrease Remediation
This session will discuss how college campuses have adopted multiple measure placement systems and other policies proven to ensure proper placement in college-level courses, thus improving students’ college success. Additionally, the session will explore how to document these strategies in an MOU and navigate challenges pertinent to data sharing.

Conversation Leads:
Pam Burdman, Opportunity Institute
Katie Hern, California Acceleration Project
Eloy Oakley, Long Beach City College
Mina Dadgar, Career Ladders Project
Chris Steinhauser, Long Beach Unified School District

Quantitative Leap: How Math Policies Can Support Transitions To and Through College
Placed for Success : How California Community Colleges can improve accuracy of placement in English and math courses, reduce remediation rates, and improve student success
Acceleration Strategies that Produce Powerful Results

Leveraging WIOA for Linked Learning Implementation
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2015 is marked by major changes in how the Department of Labor supports job seekers and employers to improve workforce outcomes. It includes an emphasis on career pathways, regional economies, opportunity youth, and better alignment with other state, local, and federal education and training programs. This session will describe the opportunities for state policy makers and practitioners to use WIOA in advancing Linked Learning strategies.

Conversation Leads:
Joel Vargas, Jobs for the Future
Mary Clagett, Jobs for the Future
Marty Alvarado, Jobs for the Future

WIOA Agenda


Impact of Academic/CTE Integration on College and Career Readiness and the Teacher Workforce
The low numbers of credentialed CTE teachers and teachers whom have both their single subject and CTE credentials has created a barrier for districts attempting to guarantee both CTE and a-g credit for their students. This session will discuss existing policy solutions for accelerating and increasing the number of CTE credentials being attained in California, how current regulations can be aligned with the needs of districts providing high-quality integrated instruction, and district-level policy changes that can support integrated course development and delivery.

Conversation Leads:
Teri Clark, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Donna Wyatt, Oakland Unified School District
Jillian Johnson-Sharp, Orange County Department of Education
Annie Johnston, UC Berkeley’s College & Career Academy Support Network

Implementing Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities
AB 288 College and Career Access Pathway Partnerships (Holden 2015) encourages concurrent enrollment partnerships between high schools and community colleges. This session will discuss whether AB 288’s intent is currently being realized within Linked Learning districts, how to transform concurrent enrollment from one-off occurrences into a more systemic practice, how to institutionalize concurrent enrollment into college readiness delivery strategies, best practices of implementation, and future policies to sustain and improve these efforts?

Conversation Leads:
Salomon Davila, Pasadena City College
Sean Glumace, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Darryl Lucien, California State Assembly
Angela Allison, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

AB 288 Bill Language

ESSA and the Next Generation of Linked Learning Implementation
On December 2nd, the House of Representative passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), legislation which was developed to repair the outdated policies in place due to the No Child Left Behind Act. On December 10th, President Obama signed ESSA into law thus taking a major step toward ensuring that every student is prepared to succeed in a 21st century economy. This session, led by The Alliance for Excellent Education and Jobs for the Future, will focus on how ESSA will impact and potentially enhance day-to-day implementation of Linked Learning . 

Linked Learning ESSA Fact Sheet
CTE-Excellence and Equity Fact Sheet
How can ESSA & Perkins Support High-Quality Linked Learning?


Defining Integrated Student Supports
One of the four foundations of Linked Learning is giving students access to supports tailored to their needs, which ensures that all students have equitable opportunities to succeed in postsecondary settings. Currently there are no concrete guidelines in place that define these supports or identify what they look like in a pathway setting. This session will discuss best practices for developing integrated student supports and connecting them with state and local policy development

Conversation Leads:
Jorge Ruiz de Velasco, John W. Gardner Center for Youth
Marisa Sarian, Pasadena Unified School District
Talma Schultz, Center for Powerful Public Schools
Gretchen Livesey, Oakland Unified School District

Integrated Student Support Presention (PDF)
Defining Integrated Student Supports for Linked Learning Pathways

Establishing Linked Learning in Local Communities and Agendas
Beyond community awareness, the promotion of Linked Learning requires community involvement. This session will discuss strategies for recognizing policies pertinent to the Linked Learning field and for activating community networks of local policymakers, strategic planning groups, and advocacy experts. 

Conversation Leads:
David Kakishiba, Oakland Unified School Board
Jay Schenirer, Sacramento City Council
Alma Salazar, LA Chamber
Samantha Tran, Children Now
David Stern, College and Career Academy Support Network

LA Area Chamber WRC Youth Employment Dashboard
Scoring Rubric
WRC Manual 5.0
LaunchPath: How it got started
LaunchPath Brochure

CTE Incentive Grant: Considerations for Year Two
The passage of the CTE Incentive Grant in 2015, marked California’s commitment to advancing high quality CTE opportunities for years to come. Now that round one grantees have been announced, the California Department of Education, education advocates, stakeholders, and potential grant recipients have an opportunity to reflect on the program and its future. This session will explore ways to prioritize high quality career pathways and strategies for improving the program in future rounds.

Conversation Leads
Kathy Hamilton, Elk Grove Unified School District
Carolyn Zachry, California Department of Education



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