Discover upcoming opportunities from the Linked Learning Alliance and our partners.
From Obstacle to Equitable: Transforming Your Pathway Master Schedule Into a Tool for Equity
Thursday May 12th, 12:00-4:00pm PT | 3:00-7:00pm ET
Master schedules represent the culture, priorities and values of a school and community. They structure time, space and resources within a school and district. However, master schedules are often a stumbling block when it comes to creating sustainable, equitable college and career pathways. Pathways may struggle to cohort students successfully, provide access to English Learners and special education students, and address competing priorities within the master schedule. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Join the Linked Learning Alliance and IlluminatED Collective for From Obstacle to Equitable: Transforming Your Pathway Master Schedule Into a Tool for Equity, a virtual four-hour workshop on Thursday May 12th where school and district leaders can learn a process and strategies for how to use the master schedule and Linked Learning to advance equity and expand opportunities for students and adults.
Attend From Obstacle to Equitable: Transforming Your Pathway Master Schedule Into a Tool for Equity for $125/person. Teams of 3 or more participants can use code LLATEAMS for 25% off your total registration. For any questions, please contact Hernán Gallo, Linked Learning Alliance Manager of External Relations.
Preparing Students for Real-World Careers: A Roundtable Discussion on Pre-Apprenticeships
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 3:00-4:00pm PT | 6:00-7:00pm ET
In recent times, the United States has looked to the apprenticeship structure to solve workforce development challenges our communities face, especially those exacerbated by COVID-19. Knowing what a pre-apprenticeship is and how it can be applied to your Linked Learning context can open up doors for students to earn while they learn. Work-based learning, including pre-apprenticeships, provides students with exposure to real-world workplaces and careers they can pursue after high school. Pre-apprenticeships offer students industry-standard training, mentorship, wraparound services, direct placement with Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP), and support with career advancement.
But where do I start? Are pre-apprenticeships only for high school? Where do I find industry partners to offer these opportunities? Is there funding to support the development of pre-apprenticeships?
Join us for a roundtable discussion with leading voices on apprenticeships. Hosted by Linked Learning Fellow and Coordinator of College and Career at Hemet Unified School District Laura Gallardo, experts in the apprenticeship field will chat about their journeys and how they offer opportunities to students in their setting. This discussion is a great fit for teams who manage work-based learning opportunities, but all are welcome to attend.
Rigor. Relevance. Purpose.: An Introduction to the Linked Learning Approach
Wednesday, April 13 2022; 12:30-2:00pm PT | 3:30-5:00pm ET
Students, educators, and communities are finding that our current approach to academic and career technical education is not meaningful, relevant, or preparing young people for the full range of college and career opportunities they deserve. How do we prepare students for success and provide them the tools to thrive? As communities begin to recover from the economic and educational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's never been a better time to reimagine college and career preparation.
We invite you to join us on Wednesday April 13, 12:30-2:00pm PT/ 3:30-5:00pm ET to learn how to leverage Linked Learning and adapt it for your local context and priorities.
In Introduction to the Linked Learning Approach, a free 90 minute virtual session, we will explore the following questions:
- What is Linked Learning, and why should districts leverage this approach to college and career preparation?
- What does Linked Learning look like in practice at the school, district, and community levels?
- How do I get started with Linked Learning?
- What is the Linked Learning Alliance, and how can I get involved?
Taking Your Advisory Board to the Next Level: An Industry Perspective
Tuesday February 15th, 3:30-4:30pm PT
With Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed $1.5 billion investment in college and career pathways, it is essential now more than ever that local industry serves as an active partner in schools to shape the developing workforce in their region. By joining pathway advisory boards, employers work directly with classroom teachers and pathway coordinators to develop the pathway experience, contributing to work-based learning and engaging with students through internships, job shadows, and other experiences during young people's decade of difference, a formative period of development between 14 and 24 when young people establish their identities, dispositions, and lifelong aspirations. But how can pathways engage, energize, and sustain employer partners to establish an advisory board that meaningfully impacts youth?
Join the Linked Learning Alliance for Taking Advisory Boards to the Next Level: An Industry Perspective on Tuesday February 15th, 3:30-4:30pm PT to hear from employers about what it takes to keep them engaged. Panelists from across different regions and industries will share their own experiences serving on a Linked Learning advisory board and provide valuable insights into how pathways can successfully engage employers and build advisory boards that best serve the pathway, industry, and community.
The panel will include:
- Alejandra Güitrón, Senior Port Communications Specialist, Port of Long Beach
- Matt Seals, CEO, Seal Construction
- Bill Tynan, President, Garner Holt Education through Imagination
- Carol L. Young, Transfusion Service Supervisor, Kaweah Delta Medical Center
- and more!
Measure What Matters: Performance Assessment During and Beyond COVID-19
Wednesday November 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST
As educators, decision makers, students, and families work to continue to return to classrooms and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we commit to policies and practices that center student voice, link young people to real, experiential learning, and ensure equity in the classroom.
We already knew, through research, that performance assessment—which includes open-ended responses, essays, lab investigations, portfolio defenses, capstone research projects, and more—is effective. Now we know, because of the pandemic, that performance assessment is also resilient. Despite the challenges of remote and hybrid learning, communities with high-quality performance assessment systems were still able to engage and challenge their students with meaningful, hands-on learning experiences that measure what matters: 21st century skills, disciplinary and interdisciplinary content knowledge, and competencies. We can continue these practices as we face the new challenges that come with returning to classrooms and healing from the impacts COVID-19 has had on students, educators, and families.
On Wednesday November 17, 1:00-2:00pm PST, join students, educators, and leaders for a discussion on the value of performance assessments during and beyond COVID-19. We will hear from a student on their performance assessment experience this year. Participants will also hear conversation among leaders from the school, district, and state level on the ways they have integrated performance assessment into their programs sustainability and with fidelity.
Keeping the Momentum from Summer 2021: Accelerating Expanded Learning for High Schoolers
Wednesday November 3, 3:00-4:00pm PDT
School districts have access to unprecedented funding to think creatively and expansively about how to define expanded learning for high school students. Now is the time to start planning for summer 2022. As much of these dollars will be available through at least summer 2023, we can use lessons learned from last summer to inform district decisions for the year to come.
On Wednesday, November 3, 3:00-4:00pm PDT, join the Linked Learning Alliance, Partnership for Children and Youth, and California education leaders for a discussion on practical ways to implement effective summer learning, how to leverage state and federal dollars to scale these programs, and how these experiences ensure high school students are seen, engaged, and connected to their purpose. Panelists will provide insight into the following questions: What experiences reconnected our high schoolers with their learning, and helped them stay on track with their aspirations for the future? How can these experiences be replicated or improved upon to better serve all students? By the end of the webinar, you’ll learn what summer learning experiences work for high school youth and how to use summer as a year-round development opportunity for students and educators as well.
Linked Learning Virtual Policy Brown Bag
Wednesday October 6, 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
The 2021-22 California State Budget has brought in a historic level of funding to our schools and communities. With major wins for student mental health, community school expansion, career technical education, and COVID-19 relief, there is a great deal of new and existing dollars that can be used to transform the high school experience through real, relevant, high-quality college and career learning opportunities.
To help you make the most of this funding, the Linked Learning Alliance is excited to invite you to our first Policy Brown Bag of the year. During a brief presentation, education policy experts from Sacramento will share the latest information on student supports, community schools, career technical education funding, and more. There will be space for you to get your pressing policy questions answered; please be sure to register and submit your questions by Tuesday September 28, 2021 so they can be answered during the event.
Reflecting & Revitalizing After a Remarkable Year: Linked Learning 2021 Symposium and Celebration
Wednesday May 19, 3:00-5:15pm PDT
We are approaching the end of a school year like no other. Despite the challenges our communities have faced, Linked Learning educators and students stepped up to face the unpredictable, ever-evolving challenges of pandemic teaching in extraordinary ways. The Linked Learning Alliance will be hosting a field-wide symposium on Wednesday May 19, 3:00-5:15pm PDT to share, learn, and celebrate the ways in which Linked Learning, and our collective work, has kept students connected to purpose during this remarkable year.
Investing in Students, In Equity, In the Future: Linked Learning Funding Strategies
Monday May 3, 12:00-1:00pm PDT
As educators and policymakers chart a path towards educational and economic recovery from COVID-19, investments in keeping young people connected to their sense of purpose is critical. We know Linked Learning is one such investment. Thanks to the efforts of our field, including K-12 and postsecondary educators, industry partners and students, the U.S. Department of Education has included Linked Learning in their recently released COVID-19 Handbook as a strategy for accelerating learning as students return to in-person instruction.
To support districts in implementing Linked Learning, we are pleased to share a suite of research, Funding Strategies for Linked Learning Pathways. In this brief and corresponding case studies, leaders from Antelope Valley Union High School District, Long Beach Unified School District, and Oakland Unified School District provide insights into how they have worked to keep students connected to high-quality college and career opportunities and the unique strategies their districts have used to secure sustainable funding for Linked Learning.
Please join us on Monday May 3, 12:00-1:00pm PDT for a conversation on this timely research and how districts can leverage existing and new funding sources to support students through Linked Learning. We will be joined by contributors to Funding Strategies for Linked Learning, including:
- Betsy McKinstry, Director, CTE, College and Career, Antelope Valley Union High School District
- Cynthia Bater, Program Administrator, Linked Learning/Career Pathways, Long Beach Unified School District
- Rebecca Lacocque, Linked Learning Director, Oakland Unified School District
Connecting Youth to Purpose: A Framework for Integrating Linked Learning and Community Schools
Thursday April 29, 3:00-4:00pm PDT
Over the past decade, numerous programs and initiatives have gained attention for their explicit focus on preparing students to succeed in college, pursue meaningful careers, and to participate fully in our democracy as engaged citizens. Linked Learning and community schools are community-based efforts that aim to connect students to life-long learning and success through in- and out-of-school educational experiences that are meaningful and engaging, foster strong relationships with caring adults, and integrate support structures that address students’ academic, mental, and physical wellbeing. These approaches are especially important now, as they provide the social-emotional support students need during COVID-19 and beyond.
On Thursday April 29 from 3:00-4:00pm PDT, please join us for a webinar reflecting on how Linked Learning provides a framework by which to delivery on the community schools model in high schools, and how educators and administrators from Oakland High School have brought them together in an intentional, integrated way. Participants will have the opportunity to directly engage with Oakland High leaders about the intersection of the two approaches, as well as hear from a student on the effect of the integration on their learning and development. This webinar will discuss a framework for bringing the two together at the high school level so that all students, particularly those in communities that have been historically marginalized, are on a path to postsecondary success.
- Roneeta Guha, Vice President, Strategy and Impact, Linked Learning Alliance
- Marisa Saunders, Associate Director for Research, UCLA Center for Community Schooling
- Jeannie Oakes, Senior Fellow in Residence, Learning Policy Institute; Member, Task Force on Next Generation Community Schools, Brookings Institution
- Pamela Moy, Principal, Oakland High School, Oakland USD
- Rany Ath, Wellness Center Director, Oakland High School, Oakland USD
- Elsa Tesfai, Counselor, Oakland High School, Oakland USD
- Wesley Hingano, Case Manager, Oakland High School, Oakland USD
- and more!
Ensuring Quality and Equity in College and Career Preparation: First Look at the New Linked Learning Certification Platform
Thursday, February 11, 3:00pm PST
We know that scale requires quality to achieve equity—the North star for our movement’s work. Quality Linked Learning implementation matters to student outcomes, student opportunities, and student lives. As we advance Linked Learning across the nation, we recognize the importance of providing tools that support amazing educators and community partners, like yourself, to deliver Linked Learning in ways that ensure high-quality classroom and workplace experiences. We are so incredibly excited to invite you to join us on Thursday, February 11 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PT for a first look at the new and improved Linked Learning Certification Platform! Your ongoing feedback and input into the Certification process drove the development of this platform. Our platform now offers greater visibility into the certification process and next steps in your journey, integration of Silver and Gold certification, advanced analytics and metrics collection, and enhanced access and security for pathway teams. These are just a few highlights from the new platform that we are excited to share with you.
Through this first-look webinar, participants will engage in a guided tour of the resources and tools available through the new platform, which supports a process of continuous improvement leading to stronger, more equitable student outcomes. Participants will also have the opportunity to speak with district and pathway leaders who helped pilot this important tool.
Keep Us Linked: Young People Share Insights on the Student Experience During COVID-19
Thursday, January 28, 2:00pm PST
Please join the Linked Learning Alliance on Thursday January 28 from 2:00 – 3:00pm PST for a virtual conversation with high school students from across California on their experiences in the classroom and their communities during COVID-19. Students will also be joined by an administrator and industry partner who will share how they adapted student supports to meet the needs of the changing academic and work environments. This virtual discussion is an opportunity for policymakers and legislative staff to ask questions, learn, and discuss timely issues with students and those working alongside students every day.
Panel members will include:
- Paul Carcellar, Senior, School of Business and Tourism, Contreras Learning Complex, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Marcel Green, Senior, Media Academy, Fremont High School, Oakland Unified School District
- Aaron Morales, Senior, Academy of Health Sciences, Porterville High School, Porterville Unified School District
- Alivia Ross, Senior, Academy of Law & Justice Pathway, Cabrillo High School, Long Beach Unified School District
- Matin Abdel-Qawi, Superintendent, High School Network, Oakland Unified School District
- Becca Sanchez, Senior Consultant, CGI
Webinar: Leveraging Your Pathway Advisory Board to Engage Industry Partners And Keep Students Connected To Purpose
Wednesday, December 9, 2:30pm PST
An engaged advisory board is critical to providing students in Linked Learning pathways with quality career learning and work-based learning experiences. Advisory boards, made up of school administrators, pathway faculty, and industry partners, serve as professional mentors to young people, build students' social capital and professional networks, help develop curriculum and projects that integrate real-world applications of the industry theme, provide feedback on student work, and connect students to high-quality work-based learning experiences. As COVID-19 persists, it is more important than ever to engage industry partners on pathway advisory boards to keep students linked to their college and career goals. Through this webinar, scheduled for Wednesday December 9 at 2:30pm PST, participants will hear from pairs of educator-industry partners from different regions and industries who will share inspirational stories and ideas on how to make these partnerships work in your local context. They will also discuss opportunities and challenges for advisory boards presented during distance learning.
Speakers will include:
- Eryk Frias, Teacher, Lancaster High School Multimedia and Engineering Academy, Antelope Valley Union High School District
- Erica Rough, Coordinator, Lancaster Multimedia and Engineering Academy, Antelope Valley Union High School District
- Diane Walker, Director of Industry Liaison & Post-Secondary Partnerships, Antelope Valley Union High School District
- Aaron Valencia, CEO & Founder, Lost Angels Children's Project, Inc. and Lancaster Multimedia and Engineering Academy Advisory Board Member
Webinar: Attending To Student Supports And Social And Emotional Learning During Covid-19
Wednesday, November 18, 2:30pm PST
The COVID-19 crisis underscores the critical need for integrated support systems to care for our students and their families and attend to students’ socio-emotional needs. Linked Learning pathways have been well-positioned to meet these needs due to the small size and cohort structure that fosters tight-knit relationships between students, teachers, and counselors.
Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m. PT to learn about:
- Practices, resources, and tools for monitoring and supporting students to ensure they stay connected and engaged during distance and hybrid learning; and
- Practical strategies for developing strong working relationships between teachers and counselors on pathway teams to effectively serve students.
- Esther Dabagyan, Principal at STEM Academy of Hollywood, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Susannah Hall, Pathway Lead at STEM Academy of Hollywood, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Jorge Ruiz de Velasco, Deputy Director, John Gardner Center at Stanford University
- Renée Shipman, Vice Principal School of Leadership and Public Service at Wilson High School, Long Beach Unified School District
- Joy Soares, Director, College and Career, Tulare Office of Education
Webinar: Empowering Youth in Civic Action Through Linked Learning
Wednesday, October 28th, 2:30pm PST
Join us on Wednesday October 28, 2:30pm PST to hear from Linked Learning students and educators who are leading efforts to advance social justice and racial equity in their communities through action civic projects and coursework tied to the industry theme of their pathway. Learn how Linked Learning pathway design fosters academically rigorous, student-centered projects that provide students with opportunities to dive deeply into a real-world topic or issue of their choice; develop the research, analysis, writing, and oral presentation skills needed for postsecondary success; and prepare them to engage in lifelong civic discourse and action.
Speakers will include:
- Young Whan Choi, Manager of Performance Assessments, Oakland USD
- Camrin Fredrick, Career Technical Education Coach, Oakland USD
- Mallory Logan, Career Technical Education Teacher, Oakland USD
- Tatiana Newman-Wade, Work-Based Learning Liaison, Oakland USD
- Students from the Law & Social Justice Academy at Oakland High School
- James Burch, Policy Director, Anti Police Terror Project
- Miya Saika Chen, Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff, Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas, District 2 City of Oakland