Events

Discover upcoming opportunities from the Linked Learning Alliance and our partners.

An Introduction to the Linked Learning Approach

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 3:45-5:15pm PT | 6:45-8:00pm ET

Students, educators, and communities are finding that we need to provide real, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for young people. So, how do we achieve this and ensure equitable outcomes for all? The Linked Learning approach integrates rigorous academics with real-world learning and strong support services to prepare students for success in college and career. Join us for a free webinar to learn about what Linked Learning is, how to get started, and find out what it looks like in practice at the school, district, and community levels.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday October 12, 3:45-5:00pm PT/ 6:45-8:00pm 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?

Equitable Master Scheduling Workshop Series 2022-23

November 1, 2022; January 19, 2023; February 14, 2023

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 a 3-part workshop series 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.

The series will be delivered in person, with the option to participate in a virtual consultancy opportunity after the third workshop.

Workshop Series Schedule:

  • Workshop 1: November 1, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) - Planning Within the Numbers
  • Workshop 2: January 19, 2023 (Los Angeles Area) - Planning for Staffing and Students
  • Workshop 3: February 14, 2023 (San Diego, CA) - Building the Master Schedule
  • Optional Consultancy: March - April 2023 - Optional Consultancy via Zoom

Linked Learning in Action: An Experiential Site Visit Series in Los Angeles

November 2-3, 2022 | Los Angeles, CA 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Linked Learning Alliance and the Los Angeles Unified School District on a 2-day experiential site visit and workshop series at STEM Academy of Boyle Heights and Roosevelt High School. We invite you to join us in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday November 3rd, 10:00am to 4:00pm to learn how to leverage Linked Learning in your local context.

What is an experiential site visit?

An experiential site visit will allow you to envision a new future for your students, school site, or district as you learn firsthand how the Linked Learning model has positively transformed education for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Hear from site and district administrators, teachers, counselors, students, and industry partners within a district-wide system of college and career pathway implementation, as they discuss essential academy structures, student supports, work-based learning experiences, industry connections, rigorous curriculum, team integration, real-world projects, and student-run enterprises.

Teams and individuals in attendance will be given the opportunity to:

  • Observe Linked Learning components in action
  • Network with students, educators, and administrators from LAUSD and other school sites
  • Create a College and Career Roadmap for developing a high-quality Linked Learning system of your own

Linked Learning Conference 2023: Taking the Golden State Pathway

February 14th - 17th, 2023 | San Diego, CA

California’s new Golden State Pathways and Dual Enrollment funding helps everyone get on the road to better education and economic outcomes. Take the Golden State Pathway to combine college and career preparation into one seamless education experience that engages young people, provides them with a full range of post-secondary options and builds California’s workforce. Take the advice of the Linked Learning Alliance and other Golden Pathways programs—learn how to integrate college and career preparation, build ties with community businesses and professions, and support families and students. There is $500 million in state funding for those who choose to take the Golden State Pathway.

The 2023 Conference will be held in-person and will include:

  • Opportunities to learn about new funding
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Celebrations of the field’s accomplishments

PAST EVENTS

Linked Learning Student & Alumni Network Relaunch Event

September 14, 2022

We’ve got exciting news - we are relaunching our alumni network this fall with a virtual event and alumni panel. All current Linked Learning students and alumni are welcome to join the network. The Network will nurture a space where current Linked Learning students and alumni can build connections, create community, and gain career and professional skills! Participation in the Network is free.

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!

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