Linked Learning Webinars
Linked Learning webinars bring together educators, community leaders, industry partners and researchers to dive into specific timely topics related to Linked Learning policy, practice, and public will building.
Webinars offered throughout the year feature Linked Learning leaders with deep expertise in implementing the approach with fidelity and adapting integrated college and career preparation to online and hybrid learning settings.
Each webinar highlights exemplar strategies, policies and practices from across the Linked Learning field that can inspire community-wide action in support of young people, their dreams and their aspirations.
Linked Learning webinars are typically 60-minutes long, include ample opportunity for engagement, and are free of charge.
EMPOWERING YOUTH IN CIVIC ACTION THROUGH LINKED LEARNING
In this time of a pandemic and the movement for racial equity and justice, Linked Learning pathways provide students with new and creative opportunities to connect, learn and express themselves through civic action. Through Linked Learning, young people are encouraged to develop the self-agency and motivation to vote and mobilize, hold leaders accountable, and keep advocating for themselves and their communities. In this webinar, participants will 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.
ATTENDING TO STUDENT SUPPORTS AND SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING DURING COVID-19
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. The small size and cohort structure of Linked Learning pathways foster tight-knit relationships between students, teachers, and counselors. Counselors are an integral part of the pathway team and work hand-in-hand with teachers to monitor each student’s academic, personal, and socio-emotional needs and provide culturally responsive and timely supports, engaging families in student development plans as warranted. Participants in this webinar will hear from teachers and counselors from Linked Learning pathway teams about practices, resources, and tools for monitoring and supporting students to ensure they stay connected and engaged during distance and hybrid learning. Participants will also learn strategies for developing strong working relationships between teachers and counselors on pathway teams to effectively serve students.
LEVERAGING YOUR PATHWAY ADVISORY BOARD TO ENGAGE INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND KEEP STUDENTS CONNECTED TO PURPOSE
An engaged advisory board is an essential component of a high-quality Linked Learning pathway and critical to providing students with quality career learning and work-based learning experiences. Advisory boards—made up of school administrators, pathway faculty, and industry partners—provide guidance on career-themed curriculum design, engage directly with students in their projects, and provide valuable work-based learning opportunities. As schools shift to distance and hybrid learning models, it is more important now than ever to engage industry partners on pathway advisory boards to keep young people connected to purpose by making learning real and relevant for them. Through this webinar, participants will learn how to establish and meaningfully involve industry partners on advisory boards to: 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 amid COVID-19 and beyond.