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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 by Brad Stam

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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ConnectEd Studios Student Contest Winners!Posted on August 22, 2013 at 1:51pm

Several weeks ago we put out a call for the best student projects to be submitted to the ConnectEd Studios Student Gallery. We received over 80 submissions from 17 Linked Learning pathways in California and beyond. The quality and depth of work was impressive and we are now pleased to announce the winners, including the Grand Prize winner of an iPad.

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My Summer Internship Part 3: It's not the End; It's the BeginningPosted on August 14, 2013 at 1:47pm by Schuylar Guinn

Schuylar explains her internship experience to her former psychology teacher
Anya Gurholt

My Exploring College and Career Options (ECCO) internship experience at ConnectEd is coming to an end. I can truly say that this has been a humbling experience for me. I have really enjoyed learning something new every day. I will never forget this summer because I was able to start making a difference for students in many different communities. I have had an opportunity to learn and grow in a professional work environment, with my supervisor, Nichole Shelton, and mentors that guided the way.

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My Summer Internship Part 2: Halfway through the JourneyPosted on August 8, 2013 at 9:06am by Schuylar Guinn

My first two weeks at ConnectEd have been very rewarding. Each day, I have learned new and exciting things about myself and have learned how to better prepare for college.

My Projects

My main project has been to review the ECCO (Exploring College and Career Options) curriculum, to find media resources to enhance the digital curriculum on ConnectEd Studios, and to begin research for the ECCO roadmap. (The ECCO roadmap is a guide that Linked Learning students will use to plan out their four years of high school. The purpose of the roadmap is to ensure that students graduate and successfully transition into their next steps.)

I am excited to be working with all of the ECCO resources because they’re helping me prepare for senior year. ECCO resources are very helpful because they provide step-by-step instruction that students can easily understand.

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