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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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The Linked Learning AdvantagePosted on September 17, 2013 at 3:09pm

Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

This brief examines how Linked Learning, an innovative approach to high school reform, offers an advantage to teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Both the CCSS and Linked Learning seek to prepare students for college and career by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside the school. Practitioners, administrators, parents, policymakers, and others can use this brief as a guide to understanding the parallels between the CCSS and Linked Learning and to discover strategic approaches for combining the CCSS and Linked learning to design high-quality, relevant, 21st century instruction for all students.

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Building a System of High-Quality Career Pathways, Online Training Now AvailablePosted on September 5, 2013 at 2:56pm

We are pleased to announce that the first set of training modules ConnectEd has created in partnership with the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE), are now available online.

This first training is centered around, Building a System of High-Quality Career Pathways: High School Transformation and District Supports. The training is broken down into four modules, listed below. Each module is broken down into smaller units (approximately 10-15 minutes in length).

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Common Core Aligned Law, Justice and Public Service ResourcesPosted on September 3, 2013 at 3:25pm

ConnectEd is proud to announce the release of a new four-part package of classroom learning and teaching resources for Law, Justice and Public Service educators. Many of these resources are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in literacy and can be used by a single teacher in a social studies classroom, can be team taught between a social studies and English teacher, or used within a fully-integrated law, justice and public services pathway setting. Project-based learning is a centerpiece in several of the resources.

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