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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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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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