Linked Learning Networks
The Linked Learning Alliance believes that practitioners can solve their problems if provided the opportunity and support. Educators rarely get opportunities for reflection and collaboration with others outside their department, pathway, school, or district. Our networks of Linked Learning practitioners vary in size and stakeholder composition based on the interests and needs of the Linked Learning field. The networks are all designed to facilitate learning together, collaborating to solve shared problems of practice, and reflecting on our Linked Learning work.
The term “community of practice” (CoP) was first introduced by Etienne Wenger, an education practitioner and scholar who described CoPs as “groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who regularly interact to learn how to do it better.” Our current networks often function as communities of practice, focused on learning how we can use Linked Learning to achieve more equitable outcomes for students.
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.
Instructional approaches, such as Linked Learning, that bring counselors together with classroom teachers to deliver well-designed student support matter. They contribute to educational persistence and achievement. Counselors are especially important for students who enter high school behind academically and/or need additional supports to address their physical and mental well-being. This is why we are excited to invite you to the launch of the Linked Learning Counselors Network, which will bring together counselors as a community of practice to share promising strategies, learn from one another, and address shared problems and challenges related to the role of counselors in Linked Learning pathways.
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.