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Taking a Look at Switzerland’s Work-Based Learning ProgramsPosted on October 31, 2014 at 5:01pm by Gary Hoachlander

In October, I had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland, a country that is widely praised for its high quality technical teaching, as well as its apprenticeship programs, and observe how they prepare young people for college and career. I wanted to see, hear, and touch their programs, people and products.  Why? Because as you know, when you’re engaged in transformational change, it’s critical to experience first hand the kinds of improvements you’re trying to make happen. While it’s true that ideal wholesale reform won’t exist in its entirety in any one place, there will be elements that can be reflected upon, learned from, and where appropriate, adapted.

I’m still reflecting on what I saw in Switzerland that we could incorporate in Linked Learning in the United States, but I’d like to share one element that impressed me greatly: Switzerland’s long standing system of youth apprenticeship, an approach that makes high skill and high wage employment accessible to very large percentages of the country’s young people.

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Integrating Linked Learning within a School DayPosted on October 31, 2014 at 5:00pm by Ted Aquino

It can be challenging for school districts to figure out how to integrate all four components of Linked Learning within the traditional six-period school day. Being able to provide academic rigor, technical training, work-based learning experiences and student support services requires adjustments. One solution that administrators and partners have come up with is to change the way they think of time available for learning. They have realized that to best serve students’ needs, learning and teaching structures have to extend beyond the time spent within the four walls of a classroom.

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Working to Revitalize Civic Education in CaliforniaPosted on October 16, 2014 at 7:07pm by Jennifer Wolfe and Penni Hudis

Earlier this fall, the California K-12 Civic Learning Taskforce released a report Revitalizing K-12 Civic Learning in Californiademonstrating the urgent need to revitalize civic learning in California. California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson established the Taskforce to explore and elevate the status of civic learning and engagement in California.

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Linked Learning in Porterville Gains National AttentionPosted on October 10, 2014 at 9:30pm by Gary Hoachlander

Dear colleagues,

What a thrill to visit Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) last week. I was joined by US Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle, Former W. Virginia Governor Bob Wise and his colleagues from the Alliance for Excellent Education, as well as other representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Congress. We visited two high schools in Porterville to get a firsthand look at Linked Learning, a powerful approach to redesigning high schools so that students are college and career ready.

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Welcome Aboard!Posted on September 29, 2014 at 8:54pm by Ted Aquino

The Linked Learning field is growing. Thanks to the grants awarded through the California Pathways Trust Initiative, more school districts will be exploring and implementing Linked Learning. To support the school districts that already have Linked Learning as well as the ones that will be implementing Linked Learning, we’ve added new faces to our team. Read why they are excited to be at ConnectEd.

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2Changing Teacher Preparation for California’s Changing Secondary SchoolsPosted on September 9, 2014 at 6:26pm by Nancy Farnan, Penni Hudis, and Arlene LaPlante

We are thrilled that the California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office, in partnership with CSU Long Beach and with support from the James Irvine Foundation, continues to embrace the key role of Linked Learning in raising the academic achievement of California high school students. For Linked Learning to truly take root and flourish in our state, teachers must receive high-quality training in the unique aspects of Linked Learning instruction that are central to student success. For example, Linked Learning teachers partner with industry professionals to create outcomes-focused, work-based learning experiences; and they design career-themed lessons and performance assessments through which students demonstrate readiness for college and career success in authentic situations. These are learning and teaching skills that are not part of typical teacher preparation programs.

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2014 ECCCO Logo Contest WinnersPosted on September 4, 2014 at 7:45pm by Kyleigh Nevis

Over the summer ConnectEd Studios ran an ECCCO Logo Contest and received over thirty submissions. Students were charged with the task of developing a logo design that would capture college, career, and community readiness. After three rounds of panel review by staff and industry professionals, two winners tied for the grand prize. Congratulations Andrew T. and Ariana G.! 

To honor both their efforts, we’ve decided to recognize and award both of them the first place prize.

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New 2014-2015 Calendar of PD eventsPosted on June 20, 2014 at 4:08pm by Roman J. Stearns

With the expansion of Linked Learning across California and the country, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career has coordinated with other leaders in the Linked Learning field to offer a broad range of professional development and training opportunities, catering to the differentiated needs of regions, districts, schools, pathways, teachers, and partners.

We have created a 2014-2015 Calendar of Professional Development Events that is designed to serve the support needs for all Linked Learning districts, including those deep into the work and those just starting out.

The calendar is also accessible online, at www.ConnectEdCalifornia.org/EventsCalendar and will continually be updated.  

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Congratulations to the CCPT AwardeesPosted on June 6, 2014 at 3:05am by Gary Hoachlander

Congratulations to the 39 consortia, districts, and schools that were awarded funding in the 2014 California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) competition! We are very excited that so many regional partnerships among schools, employers, and postsecondary institutions will now be better able to prepare many more young people for lasting success in further education and career. The initiative is a long overdue investment in California’s future workforce and the economic vitality of our state. We applaud the California legislature, Senate Pro Tem President Darrell Steinberg, Governor Jerry Brown, and the California Department of Education for making this opportunity a reality in key regions of the state. And we hope that the state will continue to invest in additional regions eager to provide similar benefits to local youth.

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