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ConnectEd Welcomes Jennifer Lutzenberger PhillipsPosted on January 9, 2014 at 9:53pm by Gary Hoachlander

Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips joined ConnectEd on January 2nd as Director, Learning, Teaching, and Pathway Development, bringing significant experience as an educational leader, student advocate, coach, and literacy teacher. Jenn will be responsible for strengthening ConnectEd’s work to support Common Core integration, the transformation of learning and teaching in Linked Learning pathways, performance assessment design, and curriculum development. She has already hit the ground running, initiating a federal i3 grant with San Bernardino Unified School District in southern California.

Jenn most recently served as the vice president of Teaching and Learning at Envision Schools, where she developed leadership and coaching teams to improve instructional coherence across school sites and to implement Common Core. Before that she worked at the Oakland Unified School District as a school improvement coach and a content coach in secondary English with a focus on curriculum and assessment. She also taught high school English in the Baltimore City Public Schools and was an advisor for the Met in Providence, Rhode Island. 

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Houston Independent School District Wins Race to the Top-District GrantPosted on December 17, 2013 at 11:21pm

We would like to congragulate the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for being a second round winner of the Race to the Top-District competition. Read excerpts from the U.S. Department of Education and HISD announcements in the full blog post.

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Upcoming ConnectEd Studios WebinarsPosted on December 12, 2013 at 7:07pm

New to ConnectEd Studios or looking for a refresher? Join us for an overview session or take a deep dive into specific tools we've developed for Linked Learning pathways. Power Up on ConnectEd Studios today!

Contact to register.

Upcoming webinars:

New User Orientation
Jan. 9, 3PM PST – hosted by Pallavi Somusetty

Performance Tasks and Student Portfolios
Jan. 14, 4PM PST – hosted by Tom Skerjvheim

Learn more about the webinars at:

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Welcome ConnectEd's Newest Board MembersPosted on December 4, 2013 at 11:46pm by Gary Hoachlander

I am pleased to introduce our newest board members. Please help us welcome Dr. Karina Edmonds and Mr. Dan Varner.

Dr. Karina Edmonds
Executive Director for Institute Corporate Relations
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Dr. Karina Edmonds, now head of Corporate Relations at Caltech, brings an extraordinary background of corporate and educational experience, including former positions at the Jet Propulsion Lab, TRW, and the U.S. Department of Energy. She is deeply committed to STEM and will be a wonderful advocate for Linked Learning and ConnectEd's contribution to the field.

Dan Varner
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Excellent Schools Detroit

Dan Varner is CEO of Excellent Schools Detroit, which will house Linked Learning Detroit and adopt the Linked Learning framework as an approach for advancing a broad college and career readiness agenda in Detroit. Excellent Schools Detroit is the new home for Linked Learning Detroit.

We appreciate their commitment and service to ConnectEd and Linked Learning.

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ConnectEd Awarded New Federal i3 GrantPosted on November 20, 2013 at 11:23pm

Investing in Innovation

The U.S. Department of Education announced results for the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, which will award the 25 highest-rated applications (HRAs) more than $135 million to expand innovative practices designed to improve student achievement. ConnectEd was the second highest-rated application, overall.

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ConnectEd Studios OpportunitiesPosted on November 5, 2013 at 11:55pm

ConnectEd Studios (CES) the online platform for Linked Learning/career pathways, is interested in working with a network of power users from districts, schools, and pathways throughout California and the country. The goal of the Power User Network (PUN) is to:

  • create a community of intensive ConnectEd Studios users who can communicate and collaborate with each other around challenges and successes
  • provide a robust feedback loop to the ConnectEd Studios team to help inform the future development of the platform
  • receive in-depth training on CES so power users can support local implementation

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Retired... and Renewed: Leaving a Legacy for Linked LearningPosted on October 23, 2013 at 10:21pm by Gary Hoachlander

In her farewell note to ConnectEd staff, departing Director of Technical Assistance and Coaching, Kathy Harris, reflected on her coming retirement with the same passion and optimism she brought to a lifetime of extraordinary work.

"My five years at ConnectEd were the most satisfying of my entire career," wrote Kathy. "The work is so important and having such a positive impact that my faith in public education is renewed and my hope for a truly equitable system of education rekindled."

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Career Academies - Learn the LingoPosted on October 17, 2013 at 8:27pm

Career Academies GlossaryThe College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) has recently released a new resource, a comprehensive list of glossary terms related to career academies.

The definitions were crafted in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE) and ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career.


Glossary of Terms Related to Career Academies

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Day in the Life: Professional PhotographerPosted on October 9, 2013 at 3:06pm

We're excited to announce the fall launch of our Day in the Life channel! The channel provides a real-life glimpse into the working world of industry professionals. We’ve got a great line up in store this year, and will be posting a new video every week.

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