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2016 Linked Learning Opportunities: How the New Federal Education Law Supports Quality Linked Learning Webinar/Event

March 08, 2016

This webinar will provide an overview of the vision for the Linked Learning field over the next five years; highlight the recent recognition of the expansion of Linked Learning by the White House as a next-generation high school initiative; discuss how the new federal law can specifically support the implementation of high quality Linked Learning in California; and highlight specific strategies that state and district leaders can use with the new federal policy to support, sustain, and advance the work of ensuring that all of California’s students are truly college and career ready upon graduating from high school.

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Promise Scholarships: A College Access Agenda Webinar/Event

May 10, 2015

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, The Alliance for Excellent education held a webinar on promise programs. All across the country, cities and states have taken on a bold approach to college access—free college tuition for eligible students. These programs, called “promise programs” or “place-based college scholarships,” are currently active in more than forty cities and a handful of states. Promise programs inspire school improvement within secondary schools and create lasting partnerships and greater alignment between the K–12 and postsecondary systems that have led to promising outcomes for students who are historically underserved. Data show that low-income students and students of color enrolled in promise programs have higher high school graduation rates, college enrollment, and attainment than their peers.

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Beyond High School: Efforts to Improve Postsecondary Transitions Through Linked Learning Webinar/Event

September 29, 2014

Evidence suggests that Linked Learning students are more likely than their peers at traditional high schools to graduate and enter postsecondary education. Panelists will describe how Linked Learning strengthens the transition from high school to postsecondary education; highlight findings from studies of Linked Learning implementation sites; and discuss how state and federal policy can support Linked Learning and similar efforts.

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Linked Learning: Using Learning Time Creatively to Prepare Students for College and a Career Webinar/Event

September 11, 2014

California recently made significant strides in promoting a college- and career-ready agenda through a $250 million investment that encourages regional partnerships among K–12 schools, higher education institutions, and businesses to implement promising strategies for creating a well-equipped twenty-first-century workforce, and the state is poised to double that investment. Much of this work is spearheaded through Linked Learning, which is an approach to education that transforms the traditional high school experience by blending core academic content with career-based learning in the classroom and real-world workplace experiences. This approach benefits from additional time for effective implementation of its strategies.

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Leading with a Vision: Using Time Differently to Provide New and Better Student Learning Experiences Webinar/Event

September 08, 2014

Schools and school systems throughout the country have been creating innovative models to transform the learning experience for young people, particularly those who have been poorly served by the education system. While these innovations differ in important ways, they share at least one element in common: a commitment to rethinking the use of time. In putting these new models into place, their architects recognized that the traditional seven-hour day and nine-month structure of schools impeded their ability to develop stronger learning environments. In response, they restructured the clock and calendar to provide more and better learning time for students. By doing so, these innovative educators are achieving their goal of enhancing the learning environment for all young people. Panelists will discuss how technology has supported increasing the amount of time students are engaged inside and outside of the classroom. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.


Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards: California’s Linked Learning Approach Webinar/Event

March 06, 2014

This webinar explored 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 discussed the parallels between Linked Learning and the CCSS, and share how the approach provides for innovative and integral alignment with standards, curriculum, and instruction.


Youth CareerConnect Program: An Opportunity to Redefine the High School Experience and Increase College and Career Readiness Webinar/Event

December 09, 2013

On November 19, DOL, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, announced the start of the $100 million Youth CareerConnect grant competition designed to provide high school students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and technical curricula focused on in-demand occupations and industries, specifically STEM (science, technology, math, engineering, and math) industries. The goals for the Youth CareerConnect program are to ensure that high school students gain both academic and occupational skills; transition into aligned postsecondary opportunities, postsecondary education, long-term occupational skills training, or registered apprenticeships; obtain an industry-recognized credential and a high school diploma; and earn postsecondary credit. This webinar will provide guidance regarding a variety of ways to approach effective secondary school reform within the context of the Youth CareerConnect grant program.

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