Linked Learning Networks
Linked Learning Networks bring educators together to advance a shared agenda over one or two years. Working as a community of practice, participants innovate, scale, and improve Linked Learning and its results.
Network participants and inspire each other, share ideas and resources, and develop and spotlight tools and solutions to common challenges.
The Linked Learning Alliance connects Network participants to the field’s top experts and resources, and we curate and share Linked Learning tools, strategies, lessons, stories, and results with the broader field.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all convenings during the 2020–21 school year will be conducted virtually, with opportunities for in-person convenings when the situation stabilizes.
MIDDLE SCHOOL NETWORK
The Linked Learning Middle School Network brings together middle school educators in Linked Learning districts to expand and deepen college and career learning opportunities for their students. Using the Linked Learning Gold standards as a framework, this community of practice explores experiential, integrated college and career instructional design in middle school settings aligned with high school Linked Learning college and career pathways.
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION NETWORK
Participants in the Linked Learning Alternative Education Network explore the challenges and opportunities that alternative school settings present to the delivery of high-quality college and career preparation. The network emphasizes the development of a rigorous school culture to foster the adaptation and implementation of high-quality Linked Learning standards and practices. Participants build on peer insights as well as the latest research in this specialized area of Linked Learning practice.
LEADERSHIP for Equity NETWORK
The Linked Learning Leadership for Equity Network integrates the National Equity Project’s Leading for Equity and Liberatory Design Frameworks into the Linked Learning approach. The goal of this leadership network is to develop a cadre of education leaders that embrace Linked Learning as their approach for dismantling systemic racism in schools and creating learning conditions that provide equitable access and opportunity for all students to realize their unlimited potential. These leaders will use Linked Learning to influence and catalyze change in their local contexts, focusing on practical and timely equity challenges.
INSTRUCTIONAL SHIFTS NETWORK
This network brings together instructional leaders to learn and share about the instructional shifts needed to integrate and adapt project-based learning and performance assessments during distance learning to drive equitable access to Linked Learning. A collaborative, supportive space, the Linked Learning Instructional Shifts Network offers opportunities to engage with partners who have expertise in project-based learning and deeper learning pedagogies in Linked Learning systems.
A Team of Teams
We encourage teams of educators—district administrators, principals and assistant principals, pathway leads, academic and CTE teachers, counselors, work-based learning coordinators—to participate in networks together. Specific team composition may be determined by the focus of a given network.
Network participants set their agenda, establish goals, and define metrics of success as they learn, grow, and connect. Network meetings happen several times per year and involve an investment in learning and growth.