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As a hub for the Linked Learning movement, the Alliance offers research, stories, and tools that help people understand the impact of Linked Learning and implement this approach at high levels of quality.

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Golden State Pathways

California's Solution for Rigorous, Relevant, and Career-connected Learning

The Golden State Pathway program builds on our state’s existing pathways to college and career while fostering a shared vision of student success. Communities have an opportunity to bring together existing programs and approaches under the umbrella of Golden State Pathways to create coherent, engaging, supportive pathways toward postsecondary achievement.


February 2023 | Linked Learning Alliance

Linked Learning Middle School Standards represent an extension of the evidence-based Linked Learning standards for high-quality college and career preparation. Designed to engage students in real-world learning experiences connecting core academics to career awareness and exploration, the Linked Learning Middle School Standards will prepare students to succeed in high school and beyond.

The standards provide educators with a framework for middle school college and career preparation aligned to high school Linked Learning pathways and the rigorous academic expectations of a college prep curriculum, setting the stage for high school and postsecondary success.

Pathway Improvement, Certification

November 2022 | Linked Learning Alliance

Our Golden Opportunity: Creating Coherence in College and Career Readinessis a four-day event uniting educators, employers, and community leaders from across the country. A Linked Learning conference, this year’s program isdesigned to bridge public will-building, policy, and practice strategies to ignite abroader and more strongly aligned field-wide vision to connect all young peopleto college, career, and purpose. We are committed to working with you to develop a sponsorship package that aligns with yourorganization’s goals and budget needs.

Communications, General

Linked Learning Youth Survey

Student Insights on the 2022 School Year, State Policy, and More

Our state’s economic development depends on the success of students like those in LinkedLearning pathways. With nearly $2 billion proposed in the California State budget to invest in college and career readiness through approaches like high-quality pathways and dual enrollment, it’s even more important to understand the impact these experiences have on California’s young people—and to bring their needs and aspirations into the statewide conversation. The Linked Learning Alliance is fielding a survey of young people in Linked Learning college and career pathways throughout the state. This document presents preliminary findings.

Communications, College & Career Readiness, COVID19, Policy, Postsecondary, Rigorous Academics, Student Supports, Work-Based Learning

This guide is meant to support pathway teams and reviewers through the Gold Certification review process.

Pathway Improvement, Certification

Linked Learning pathways deliver high-quality academics in concert with career-technical education and work-based learning opportunities, access to early college credit, and integrated student supports. First piloted in nine California districts in 2009, LinkedLearning is now embraced as the high school strategy for a growing number of districts across the state and beyond. Today Linked Learning is at work in more than 50 California school districts, with 400 educational pathways operating in 195 high schools.

Communications, General

The more than $2 billion in state funding for Golden State Pathways (GSP) program and dual enrollment is a critical investment in youth during their decade of difference, a period from ages 14 to 24, when research shows young people develop their identities, dispositions, and lifelong aspirations. In California, too many are disconnecting from learning and their potential during this formative time, a reality exacerbated by the pandemic. We cannot afford to lose this talent.

Communications, Policy

January 2022 | Linked Learning Alliance

The Work-Based Learning Plan template can be used with your pathway team and partners to identify a sequence of activities that will significantly improve student career and college readiness.

Pathway Improvement, Work-Based Learning

January 2022 | Linked Learning Alliance

The Work-Based Learning Current State Analysis form will assist pathway teams in identifying the current state of their work-based learning and identify goals for future development.

Pathway Improvement, Work-Based Learning

November 2021 | Linked Learning Alliance

This document is a guide to the different sections, components, and features of the Linked Learning Alliance certification platform.

Pathway Improvement, Certification