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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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ConnectEd Welcomes Dr. Tameka L. McGlawnPosted on April 3, 2014 at 7:32pm by Gary Hoachlander

ConnectEd partners with communities to transform education through Linked Learning, ensuring that all students, regardless of background, graduate ready for college, career, and life. With this mission in mind I am pleased to announce that Dr. Tameka L. McGlawn has joined ConnectEd as Director of Equity and Impact.

Tameka is not new to ConnectEd or Linked Learning, having worked in the field for nearly nine years and partnering closely with ConnectEd to address critical equity issues. She has also been an active member on the Linked Learning Pathway Quality Review Committee, helping define and apply pathway quality criteria integral to the pathway certification process.

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ConnectEd Studios - Day in the Life Video Contest!Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:58pm

ConnectEd Studios, along with our partners Roadtrip Nation and Gigniks, have launched a brand new Day in the Life video contest for our students – prizes include a Chromebook! We're looking for high quality videos to add to our Day in the Life channel that showcase careers in various industry sectors, and that inspire other students to learn more about these fields.

The deadline for final submissions is June 1, but as part of the contest we will connect students with professional videographers so that they can receive feedback on their works-in-progress and produce high quality videos.

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Webinar: Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards: California’s Linked Learning ApproachPosted on March 14, 2014 at 5:29pm

This webinar will explore how the Linked Learning approach to high school reform complements efforts by teachers, schools, and districts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Linked Learning provides the “how” to the “what” of content standards by integrating rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences for high school students. Panelists will discuss the parallels between Linked Learning and the CCSS, and share how the approach provides for innovative and integral alignment with standards, curriculum, and instruction.

Olivine Roberts, EdD, Chief Academic Officer, Sacramento City Unified School District
Louie Rocha, Principal, Antioch High School
Brad Stam, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Registration Required
March 21, 2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Register here:

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New Evaluation of the California Linked Learning District InitiativePosted on February 26, 2014 at 7:19pm

As more districts begin to implement Linked Learning through the AB 790 California Linked Learning Pilot, it is important to track the progress made in school districts already implementing the approach. For the past four years, SRI International has tracked and evaluated the California Linked Learning District Initiative. In their recent report, Taking Stock of the California Linked Learning District Initiative: Fourth-Year Evaluation Report, SRI International analyze data from the nine districts participating in the initiative; Antioch, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Montebello, Oakland, Pasadena, Porterville, Sacramento City, and West Contra Costa. Their findings share insights on how the Linked Learning approach is affecting the path of high school students within each district.

Links to the Forth Year Evaluation Report:

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SCOPE Case Studies Examine Effective Student-Centered Learning ApproachesPosted on February 4, 2014 at 5:29pm by Barbara McKenna

Four new case studies look at California schools effectively using student-centered learning models.

STANFORD, CA — While, nationally, students of color and low-income students continue to achieve at far lower levels than their more advantaged peers, some schools are breaking that trend. A new set of case studies, released today, looks at four of these schools in Northern California in which traditionally underserved students are achieving above state and district averages.
The Student-Centered Schools Study — funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation — focuses on schools using student-centered practices through either the Linked Learning or Envision Schools model. Linked Learning, a state-wide initiative, integrates rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences. Envision Schools is a small charter network that creates personalized learning environments for students to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.

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New Brief - The Linked Learning Approach to High School ReformPosted on February 3, 2014 at 10:54pm

The California School Board Association (CSBA) has released a new goverance brief.

About CSBA:
CSBA is an association that represents elected officials that govern school districts and county offices of education. Their governance briefs offer research, guidance and services for effective school board governance.

About the Brief:
This brief is one in a series on the Linked Learning high school reform effort that focuses on preparing graduates for both college and career. This first brief will discuss achievement gaps and employment and economic trends that support the need for high schools that prepare all students for both career and college.

Download: The Linked Learning Approach to High School Reform

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Regions Encouraged to Apply for $250 Million Career Pathways TrustPosted on January 22, 2014 at 8:35pm by Hilary McLean

News Release: Regions Encouraged to Apply for $250 Million Career Pathways Trust

Grant Provides Incentives for School and Business Partnerships Needed to
Support Quality, Regional Growth of Linked Learning

Sacramento, CA- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg announced the opening of a competitive application process that will award $250 million from the Career Pathways Trust to help establish, grow, and strengthen systemic connections between schools and employers. Such linkages are needed to support quality implementation of Linked Learning at scale.

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