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Sneak Peek Into 100 LivesPosted on July 29, 2015 at 7:52pm by Gary Hoachlander

Gary Hoachlander

Think back to high school. How would you have answered, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now ask yourself, how many opportunities did you have to go to workplaces and see what adults actually do?

For almost every middle and high school student, imagining possible career opportunities can be daunting. And think about the young people who are traditionally underserved, misunderstood and systematically denied the resources and opportunities that the more privileged among us experience. It’s even harder for them to know what possible career fields exist, and to see ways that those careers could align with their passions.

That’s why ConnectEd produces Day in the Life videos. In less than five minutes, these videos provide a window into the world of work, which for far too many young people seems foreign and inaccessible.

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How can new funds encourage CTE and academic collaboration?Posted on June 25, 2015 at 7:55pm by Gary Hoachlander

I am delighted that the Governor and the Legislature reached agreement on the 2015-16 budget, which will provide an additional $900 million for career and technical education (CTE). For the Linked Learning field, this is good news. CTE is a critical component of Linked Learning pathways preparing young people for both college and career.

But it’s not enough to have three or four great CTE courses. We have to make sure that the other twenty plus courses students take during high school are more engaging, and more strongly grounded in real-world application. And CTE courses need to interact with these academic classes in ways that are mutually reinforcing and that help students make strong connections between academic and technical expertise.

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Explore Different CareersPosted on June 19, 2015 at 11:28pm

Have you wondered what life would be like if you were a cartoonist? What about a software engineer in the Silicon Valley? Feed your curiosity with our Day in the Life videos. You’ll see inspiring people from all walks of life describe how they landed where they are and what it’s like to be there.

Click on “view full post” to see our most recent videos.

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Professor Delivers BabyPosted on May 29, 2015 at 4:05pm by Gary Hoachlander

Kaiser Permanente Garfield Innovation Center workshopDuring the East Bay Career Pathways Convening a couple weeks ago, I visited Kaiser Permanente’s Garfield Innovation Center.

What a remarkable facility for teaching and learning! It replicates the major functions and services that a hospital performs and creates a space where the entire care process can be analyzed, role-played and tested. For example, there’s an admissions office, an operating room, a labor and delivery room with sophisticated mannequins that can simulate routine and emergency scenarios. In fact, my friend and colleague, David Stern, had the chance to temporarily convert his PhD into an MD and successfully delivered a baby!

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I am not a teacher, but an awakenerPosted on May 5, 2015 at 11:31pm

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re inspired by poet Robert Frost. When Robert Frost said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener,” he was describing a philosophy of teaching that refutes simply filling students with facts. During Frost’s nearly 50 years of teaching, he was able to influence his students because his approach focused on developing their ability to think critically and generate their own ideas. Robert strove to be the type of teacher that "gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies."

Teachers help students to open their own minds and see the possibilities ahead. For example, Keith Knight had never thought of pursuing his passion for doodling as a career until a teacher told him, "You should be totally doing a syndicated cartoon.” That teacher shone a light on a path that Keith did not know existed. As a result, Keith dashed forward, becoming a nationally syndicated cartoonist. In the Day in the Life video here, Keith describes his pathway.

During teacher appreciation week, please join us in celebrating educators worldwide. They inspire students on a daily basis, thereby awakening our students to future possibilities.

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Linking Art and MathematicsPosted on April 17, 2015 at 10:08pm by Gary Hoachlander

Meet Wyna Liu, a young mixed media sculptor and fabricator I met at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She combines mathematics, digital fabrication techniques and “fussy hand finishing” to produce sculptures inspired by Platonic solids, Penrose tiling, two-dimensional geometry and three-dimensional space.

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23Celebrating CTE's Role in Linked LearningPosted on February 27, 2015 at 4:59pm by Gary Hoachlander

As many of you know, February has been declared CTE (Career and Technical Education) month by the Association of Career & Technical Education (ACTE). As we move from February into March, with many of us planning to attend the Educating for Careers conference in Sacramento, I want to acknowledge and celebrate the essential role that CTE plays in realizing the vision of high quality Linked Learning.

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ConnectEd Sessions at Educating for CareersPosted on February 4, 2015 at 6:34pm

We are pleased to be a part of the upcoming Educating for Careers Conference, held from March 1 – 3 in Sacramento. Team ConnectEd will be presenting or co-presenting in a total of 14 sessions, listed below.  We will also be in room 205 as a co-host for the Linked Learning Technical Assistance Room. To register for Educating for Careers, click here.

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Linked Learning has come a long wayPosted on January 31, 2015 at 12:23am by Gary Hoachlander

Last week, PBS NewsHour featured Linked Learning and Life Academy, a high school in East Oakland, which serves low-income and minority students. Six years ago, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) partnered with ConnectEd to bring Linked Learning to district high schools. By incorporating the Linked Learning approach, which integrates rigorous academics, health-science career-centered classes and work-based learning experiences, Life Academy is helping more students to succeed. Life Academy has the second highest rate in Oakland of graduates to go on to college.

I hope you’ll take a look at the story and see how students like Jorge Ruiz and Andrea Sigala are already applying the knowledge they’re gaining in high school to taking care of their loved ones.

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OPTIC Helps Educators and Administrators See Progress Toward CertificationPosted on January 22, 2015 at 7:15pm

During the year, a semester, and throughout the school day, school and district teachers and administrators may wonder if they’re taking the right steps to realizing the Linked Learning vision. ConnectEd has designed and created a tool that helps all educators review their progress and navigate toward achieving high quality Linked Learning pathways.

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