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Building The Capacity Of Teachers To Prepare Students For College And Careers


Nancy Farnan
, Director, School of Teacher Education, San Diego State University
Maria Ferguson, Vice President for Policy, Alliance for Excellent Education
Lori Meyer, Vice President, Collaborative Communications Group
Erin Preston, Digital Art Teacher, Kearny School of Digital Media and Design (San Diego)
Patrick Shields, Director, Center for Education Policy, SRI International
Pier Sun Ho, Associate Director, Pathway and Curriculum Development, ConnectEd

On August 13, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a live webinar on the release of its latest policy brief, The Linked Learning Approach: Building the Capacity of Teachers to Prepare Students for College and Careers.

Current efforts in California to transform high schools are focused on Linked Learning, an approach that connects strong academics with real-world experience in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedical and health sciences, with the goal of preparing all students for college, careers, and life. For teachers, this type of instruction requires more than most traditional training provides. Beyond basic pedagogy and subject-area knowledge, teachers need training to be able to (1) collaborate in the design and delivery of curriculum, (2) develop lessons using problem- and project-based learning, (3) forge industry and postsecondary partnerships, and (4) blend academic-, career-, and work-based learning experiences.

The webinar highlighted these and other findings from the brief and focused on efforts to expand the traditional training options available to high school teachers in California, as the state and nation move toward college and career readiness for all. Panelists discussed state and federal policy, teacher training, and the impact on classroom practice. The webinar also included a question and answer period for audience members.

To watch video and view materials from the live event held earlier in the day in Washington, DC, click here.


Agenda PDF filePDF

Speaker Biographies PDF filePDF

The Linked Learning Approach: Building the Capacity of Teachers to Prepare Students for College and Careers (an Alliance policy brief) PDF filePDF

Preparing Students for College and Career:Linked Learning in California (an Alliance issue brief) PDF filePDF

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