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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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October 2019 | Linked Learning Alliance

Silver certification demonstrates that a pathway has in place the core components of a high-quality Linked Learning pathway. Silver certification standards were developed in collaboration with the diverse field of Linked Learning educators, and support continuous improvement for all.

Communications, Certification, Equity

Steps to Silver

A Guide to Linked Learning Silver Certification
October 2019 | Linked Learning Alliance

This user guide outlines the process for obtaining Silver certification.

Communications, Certification, Equity

October 2019 | Linked Learning Alliance

Share the ways Linked Learning is transforming the lives of students with this infographic snapshot.

Communications, Equity, Outcomes

Going for Gold

A Guide to Linked Learning Gold Certification
September 2019 | Linked Learning Alliance

This user guide outlines the process for obtaining Gold certification.

Communications, Certification, Equity

September 2019 | Linked Learning Alliance

Gold certification is the highest standard for college and career preparation, based on evidence of excellence in integrating the core components of Linked Learning. These standards were piloted in 2017–19 and enhanced through field inputs in 2019 to better emphasize pathway instruction, curriculum, and assessment.

Communications, Certification, Equity

September 2019

Gold certification is the highest standard for college and career preparation, based on evidence of excellence in integrating the core components of Linked Learning. These standards were piloted in 2017–19 and enhanced through field inputs in 2019 to better emphasize pathway instruction, curriculum, and assessment.

Communications, Certification, Equity

May 2019 | JFF

This case study details how the four communities of the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership are working to systematically move the needle to ensure that all young people are prepared to not only meet the current and emerging needs of the workplace, but to also find value and meaning in their working lives, and fully realize their best possible futures.

Research, Equity, Partnerships, Workforce Development

March 2019 | John W. Gardner Center

Equitable access to high quality career-themed high school pathways requires that school staff and all pathway partners work in concert to address each student’s developmental needs, skills, strengths, interests, and aspirations. To this end, effective student supports are designed to reach beyond the academic domain, to meet all students where they are, scaffold their engagement with a standards-based curriculum, and address their learning and personal youth development needs. This guidebook continues an exploration of integrated student supports for universal college and career readiness that we began in Equitable Access by Design (2016). That report introduced a conceptual framework for implementing a system of comprehensive and integrated student supports that provides equitable access to a coherent, student-centered program of learning via Linked Learning pathways in high schools. This work is intended as a companion to Marisa Saunders’ Linked Learning: A Guide for Making High School Work, published by the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. The chapters in this guidebook offer seven illustrative profiles of educators and their partners in California high schools who are working collaboratively to develop comprehensive student supports that “link together” a rigorous academic curriculum, technical education, and workplace opportunities into a coherent learning experience for every youth in their school.

Research, Equity, Lessons Learned, Student Supports

Linked Learning and Postsecondary Transitions

A Report on the Early Postsecondary Education Outcomes of Linked Learning Students
October 2017 | SRI International

This brief provides estimates of the effect of Linked Learning participation on students’ likelihood of enrolling in college and persisting into a second year, with particular attention to outcomes for specific student groups: students with low prior academic achievement; those with high prior achievement; English learners; and African-American, Latino, and female students. Because the Linked Learning approach is designed to combine rigorous academics with a career technical education sequence, these outcomes are crucial to gauging Linked Learning’s efficacy in preparing students for college as well as career. This analysis relies on data from the National Student Clearinghouse, which captures enrollment in approximately 97 percent of all 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions.

Research, Equity, Outcomes, Postsecondary

Access & Equity in Linked Learning

A Report on Pathway Access and Academic Outcomes for Traditionally Underserved Students
March 2017 | SRI International

This brief describes the successes and challenges school districts have experienced in fostering access and equity in Linked Learning pathways, examining five groups of students frequently underserved by traditional schools. Findings are drawn from an SRI Education evaluation in nine California school districts over seven years. The report also includes information on promising strategies enacted by the districts today.

Research, Equity, Lessons Learned

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