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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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What’s the Future of Digital Badges for Educators?Posted on August 10, 2017 at 7:50pm by Dave Yanofsky

Many of you may have heard the term ‘digital badge’ or ‘micro-credential’ these days, mostly in regards to students earning badges as a way to capture and recognize their skill development (similarly to how the Boy or Girl Scouts award badges for demonstrating specific skills). While student badges continue to be popular across the educational spectrum, we are increasingly seeing badges show up as a way to quantify and celebrate adult learning as...

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Seeing is Believing!Posted on May 19, 2017 at 4:58pm by Rob Atterbury

If a picture is worth 1000 words, seeing it first hand must be worth a billion!  Experiential Site visits are designed for teams of teachers, site administrators, district administrators and business partners in a district to come and see Linked Learning in action and all that it entails.  Hosted ConnectEd and partner districts, these school site visits allow participants to hear about the successes and challenges directly from students, teachers, and district leaders and witness the teacher and student interaction and sense of family first had.  No words can describe the engagement of students when they are deeply involved in a project or the excitement of teachers have when they have students go way beyond their expectations.  You have to see it to believe it! 

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Where the Wild Things ArePosted on April 17, 2017 at 7:37pm by Gary Hoachlander

Bang to the sound of the
drums as we dance with the
trees in the wind. Party with
the wild side of your heart.

So bang baboom as we live life
wild, away from the laws and rules
of the in-crowd, the cool kids find me
where the wild things are.

Boom, the thunder of us, the
wild rebels running from the
dark bland hands of the
in-crowd to find ourselves
where the wild things are.

Not hiding anymore we
show our faces shining
like the shrine at the top
of the sun setting hill, find yourself
where the wild things are.

-Phillip Whittington

That is one of twenty-eight poems, short stories, and essays in an anthology, A Wider Space, produced by students last year at Ben Carson High School of Medicine and Science in Detroit, a Linked Learning Pathway and a NAF Academy. Each of these works individually and poignantly says what it means to be free, or not.

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Getting the Most From Your Site VisitPosted on February 8, 2017 at 8:11pm

Site visits are a wonderful opportunity to meet students, teachers, and administrators and ask questions about what makes the Linked Learning approach different from other educational approaches.  While you may have a lot of experience visiting schools, here are some tips for getting the most from your visit to a Linked Learning pathway. 

The most important thing is to ask questions! Don’t stand back. We find that students love interacting with adults. They want to describe what they’re learning, as well as share their thoughts about the Linked Learning approach. ConnectEd schedules site visits throughout the year. For information on upcoming site visits, please see our calendar.

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