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Student Behaviors to Identify, Nurture, and SupportPosted on September 26, 2016 at 5:10pm

Most educators know that the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and other new standards require them to teach more complex content while supporting students to gain deeper skills as they access content. But knowing is one thing; seeing is another.

Achieving these goals requires that teachers recognize the impact Linked Learning is making in their classrooms as they observe students engaged in learning. When teachers can identify nurture, and support their students to develop and sustain these deeper learning behaviors, they are more able to create learning environments that dramatically improve student motivation, empowerment, understanding, and achievement.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Work-Based Learning Posted on August 17, 2016 at 10:31pm

More school districts see the value of Work-Based Learning (WBL), but establishing a WBL system comes with unique challenges.

In response to a request from an educator, our colleague, Rob Atterbury, provided suggestions on how to overcome logistical, legal and coordinating challenges. He offered four steps: 1) get community buy-in, 2) forge alliances, 3) navigate your local laws, and start a business/community advisory board. ConnectEd has used these steps to help build work-based learning systems in multiple school districts.

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Preparing for Linked LearningPosted on June 24, 2016 at 5:10pm by Gary Hoachlander

Gary Hoachlander, President of ConnectEd

A few weeks ago, I visited Bing Wong Elementary School in San Bernardino City Unified School District. What an impressive school!

To prepare students to enter nearby Indian Springs High School, which has Linked Learning pathways in Advanced Manufacturing and Health, Bing Wong engages them in a growing array of challenging project-based learning experiences.

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A Game of ChancePosted on June 22, 2016 at 11:16pm

My family and I chose Game of Life for a board game night. Throughout the night I spun a wheel, chose to go to college or start a career, picked up a few cards, and lost – all by chance.

The randomness of the game was eerily similar to my high school experience.

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Wisdom and Advice for the Class of 2016Posted on June 22, 2016 at 8:14pm

There have been some spectacular commencement speeches over time. And fortunately, the recent ones have been recorded on YouTube or archived in places like NPR’s Commencement Speech database. Below a few of our ConnectEd team members share speeches they were inspired by and what they would say if they were speaking at a graduation.

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JPMorgan Chase announces $4M to help Detroit students gain economic successPosted on June 1, 2016 at 9:37pm

We are excited to see Linked Learning Detroit in the headlines. On June 1, 2016, the Detroit Free Press highlighted JPMorgan Chase’s $4 million grant to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to expand Linked Learning Detroit. JP Morgan Chase joins the Skillman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company Fund, whose grants total $7 million and will connect 10,000 Detroit high school students to career education and work experiences over the next three years.

To take a deeper look into Linked Learning Detroit, read our report, Game Changer: Linked Learning Detroit. You’ll learn about Linked Learning Detroit through interviews with students, teachers, and administrators from five of the Linked Learning high schools mentioned in the Detroit Free Press article. Download the report here.

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One Step Closer to Fulfilling Our PromisePosted on May 18, 2016 at 9:21pm by Gary Hoachlander

Equitable Access by Choice

All students ready for college and career! That's the promise of Linked Learning. But for us to deliver on that promise requires fidelity to the "four pillars" of high quality pathways—challenging academics, demanding career and technical education, work-based learning, and personalized student supports. Implementing any of the four with high quality is difficult, but in many pathways, personalized student supports is the component most often underdeveloped or absent.

So I welcome the new report, Equitable Access by Design. Published by Stanford’s John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, the report was developed with the Center for Powerful Public Schools, the Annenberg Institute, ConnectEd, several Linked Learning districts, and community-based organizations.

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San Diego Aims to Improve Access to WBL Opportunities with New ePortalPosted on May 10, 2016 at 11:46pm

Many Linked Learning districts find it difficult to provide their students with access to activities along the entire Work-Based Learning (WBL) continuum. WBL activities range from career awareness and exploration to job preparation and training. During the 2016 Linked Learning Convention, Dave Yanofsky, our Director of Digital Learning and Media, revealed that in an effort to address the challenges districts face, San Diego County will pilot a new ePortal that combines two Linked...

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Celebrating Leadership and PersistencePosted on April 27, 2016 at 6:17pm by Gary Hoachlander

Gary Hoachlander, President of ConnectEdTen years ago, the Milton Hershey School board invited me to observe and assess the school’s vocational educational programs, a longstanding part of the school’s mission since its founding in 1909. I was disappointed. I saw a traditional curriculum rooted in occupationally narrow instruction aimed at the segment of students presumed to be “non-college bound.”

I recently revisited the school during a career and technical education conference, Taking it to the Next Level, hosted by the school and Opportunity America. What a remarkable change! Today every high school student participates in one of eleven career pathways, such as Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering and Design, and Health Science.

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Welcome Jay Steele! Executive Director of The Great Lakes College and Career Pathways InitiativePosted on April 7, 2016 at 4:44pm

Jay SteeleDr. Jay Steele has joined us as Executive Director for the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Initiative. Previously, Jay was the former chief academic officer for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, where he was responsible for the education of 86,000+ students in 150 schools, and his comprehensive redesign of Nashville’s high school became a national model.

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