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“Delicious” Interventions for Learner-Directed Environments (Part 3)Posted on August 28, 2018 at 5:26pm by Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips

In March, I shared some thoughts about how important the right conditions are for student-directed learning, following up with how to assess if conditions are...

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Why Going for the Gold (Certification) MattersPosted on August 28, 2018 at 4:52pm by Gary Hoachlander


As students return for the new school year, ConnectEd looks forward to working with our school, district, and community partners around a shared belief: all students deserve the right to a great education. We’re working in communities across the country to challenge the status quo...

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How “Delicious” is Your Learning Environment—for Adult Learners? (Part 2) Posted on April 25, 2018 at 10:29pm by Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips

In last month’s blog, I suggested that those who doubt students’ ability to direct their own learning because “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” might want to focus not on the...

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Can Linked Learning Work in Rural School Districts? Posted on April 25, 2018 at 10:21pm by Gary Hoachlander

Parents, teachers, community members and anyone in the Linked Learning field have all seen the transformative effect that Linked Learning has on students, especially in some of the biggest, most challenging school districts across the country. We know that when students love what...

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Bringing Together School, Work and the Wider CommunityPosted on March 15, 2018 at 6:54pm by Gary Hoachlander


Making learning real and relevant is a big part of what we, in the Linked Learning field, do. We do this because we’ve seen, through research and testimonials, that when students are able to apply what they’re learning through professional pathways and experiences, their connections are deeper and they retain more of what they’re learning. Take Rosa, a 10th grader in the Education Academy at Skyline High School in Oakland: after...

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How “Delicious” is Your Learning Environment? (Part 1)Posted on March 14, 2018 at 9:45pm by Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips


When you picture students directing their own learning, what comes to mind?

In my long career serving students far from the center of opportunity, I’ve grown as a professional...

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Lessons from the 2018 Linked Learning Alliance ConventionPosted on February 5, 2018 at 11:55pm

We were honored to meet and get to know so many of you at this year's Linked Learning Alliance Convention in Anaheim, and to learn from colleagues new and old. In the spirit of sharing lessons across our field so that every student can be better prepared for college, career and life, please find links to all of ConnectEd's presentations from this year's convention below. As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or want to learn...

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Your Generosity Makes Our Work PossiblePosted on January 25, 2018 at 6:01am by Lucia Villasana

Since 2006, we have walked this journey, hand-in- hand with more than 45 school districts across the nation, corporate partners,...

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Reimagining Career and Technical Education Posted on December 6, 2017 at 7:19pm by Gary Hoachlander

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In my work as President of ConnectEd, I meet with a lot of teachers, district leaders, superintendents, and community members. There’s something we all agree on: every child in this country deserves the right to a good education—and we’re failing to provide that opportunity to far too many...

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Letter from the PresidentPosted on October 25, 2017 at 11:28pm by Gary Hoachlander

Gary Hoachlander, President of ConnectEdAs the new school year gets into full swing, there are more than 300 Linked Learning Pathways in more than 55 districts across the country. Today, Linked Learning is reaching more kids...

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