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Linked Learning in Porterville Gains National AttentionPosted on October 10, 2014 at 9:30pm by Gary Hoachlander

Dear colleagues,

What a thrill to visit Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) last week. I was joined by US Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle, Former W. Virginia Governor Bob Wise and his colleagues from the Alliance for Excellent Education, as well as other representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Congress. We visited two high schools in Porterville to get a firsthand look at Linked Learning, a powerful approach to redesigning high schools so that students are college and career ready.

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Welcome Aboard!Posted on September 29, 2014 at 8:54pm

The Linked Learning field is growing. Thanks to the grants awarded through the California Pathways Trust Initiative, more school districts will be exploring and implementing Linked Learning. To support the school districts that already have Linked Learning as well as the ones that will be implementing Linked Learning, we’ve added new faces to our team. Read why they are excited to be at ConnectEd.

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2Changing Teacher Preparation for California’s Changing Secondary SchoolsPosted on September 9, 2014 at 6:26pm by Nancy Farnan, Penni Hudis, and Arlene LaPlante

We are thrilled that the California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office, in partnership with CSU Long Beach and with support from the James Irvine Foundation, continues to embrace the key role of Linked Learning in raising the academic achievement of California high school students. For Linked Learning to truly take root and flourish in our state, teachers must receive high-quality training in the unique aspects of Linked Learning instruction that are central to student success. For example, Linked Learning teachers partner with industry professionals to create outcomes-focused, work-based learning experiences; and they design career-themed lessons and performance assessments through which students demonstrate readiness for college and career success in authentic situations. These are learning and teaching skills that are not part of typical teacher preparation programs.

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2014 ECCCO Logo Contest WinnersPosted on September 4, 2014 at 7:45pm

Over the summer ConnectEd Studios ran an ECCCO Logo Contest and received over thirty submissions. Students were charged with the task of developing a logo design that would capture college, career, and community readiness. After three rounds of panel review by staff and industry professionals, two winners tied for the grand prize. Congratulations Andrew T. and Ariana G.! 

To honor both their efforts, we’ve decided to recognize and award both of them the first place prize.

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New 2014-2015 Calendar of PD eventsPosted on June 20, 2014 at 4:08pm

With the expansion of Linked Learning across California and the country, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career has coordinated with other leaders in the Linked Learning field to offer a broad range of professional development and training opportunities, catering to the differentiated needs of regions, districts, schools, pathways, teachers, and partners.

We have created a 2014-2015 Calendar of Professional Development Events that is designed to serve the support needs for all Linked Learning districts, including those deep into the work and those just starting out.

The calendar is also accessible online, at and will continually be updated.  

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Congratulations to the CCPT AwardeesPosted on June 6, 2014 at 3:05am by Gary Hoachlander

Congratulations to the 39 consortia, districts, and schools that were awarded funding in the 2014 California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) competition! We are very excited that so many regional partnerships among schools, employers, and postsecondary institutions will now be better able to prepare many more young people for lasting success in further education and career. The initiative is a long overdue investment in California’s future workforce and the economic vitality of our state. We applaud the California legislature, Senate Pro Tem President Darrell Steinberg, Governor Jerry Brown, and the California Department of Education for making this opportunity a reality in key regions of the state. And we hope that the state will continue to invest in additional regions eager to provide similar benefits to local youth.

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Linked Learning Could Sound So GoodPosted on June 5, 2014 at 6:03pm by Media and Youth Development Team

"In high school, I liked tinkering around,” says Nivay Anandarajah, a young mechanical engineer involved with the design of Studiophones by Beats By Dre. How “tinkering around” in high school helped build a product worth 3.2 billion dollars is a question we hope to answer in the latest installment of our video series, Day in the Life.

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The Teaching Channel's Deeper Learning Video SeriesPosted on May 5, 2014 at 10:37pm by Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips

The Teaching Channel has launched a new series of short videos highlighting deeper learning in a Linked Learning context. Through vignettes from the School of Engineering & Sciences in Sacramento, a Linked Learning pathway, students and teachers demonstrate the power of relevance and engagement in well-designed industry-themed projects and integrated learning experiences that extend beyond subject areas and the walls of the classroom.

Along with expert commentary from professor Carol Dweck, these four videos present a view of this pathway from the perspective of the students, as well as commentary from the teachers, administrators, and ConnectEd support providers. We invite you to view and share these engaging videos.

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ConnectEd Studios - Logo Design Contest!Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:26pm

ConnectEd Studios has launched a brand new Logo Design Contest for high school students – the prize for the winning logo is a Canon Rebel, a Wacom Intuous Touch Tablet and a year subscription to Computer Arts Magazine! The winning logo will be featured on our newest curriculum – ECCCO (Exploring College, Career, and Community Options). The logo will appear on our website, all lesson plans, and any promotional material we generate.

The deadline for final submissions is June 1, 2014. As part of the contest we will connect students with professional graphic designers so that they can receive feedback on their work prior to submitting the final logo. For more details about this contest please visit the ECCCO Logo Contest Webpage.

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