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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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Linked Learning Could Sound So GoodPosted on June 5, 2014 at 6:03pm by Media and Youth Development Team

"In high school, I liked tinkering around,” says Nivay Anandarajah, a young mechanical engineer involved with the design of Studiophones by Beats By Dre. How “tinkering around” in high school helped build a product worth 3.2 billion dollars is a question we hope to answer in the latest installment of our video series, Day in the Life.

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The Teaching Channel's Deeper Learning Video SeriesPosted on May 5, 2014 at 10:37pm by Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips

The Teaching Channel has launched a new series of short videos highlighting deeper learning in a Linked Learning context. Through vignettes from the School of Engineering & Sciences in Sacramento, a Linked Learning pathway, students and teachers demonstrate the power of relevance and engagement in well-designed industry-themed projects and integrated learning experiences that extend beyond subject areas and the walls of the classroom.

Along with expert commentary from professor Carol Dweck, these four videos present a view of this pathway from the perspective of the students, as well as commentary from the teachers, administrators, and ConnectEd support providers. We invite you to view and share these engaging videos.

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ConnectEd Studios - Logo Design Contest!Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:26pm

ConnectEd Studios has launched a brand new Logo Design Contest for high school students – the prize for the winning logo is a Canon Rebel, a Wacom Intuous Touch Tablet and a year subscription to Computer Arts Magazine! The winning logo will be featured on our newest curriculum – ECCCO (Exploring College, Career, and Community Options). The logo will appear on our website, all lesson plans, and any promotional material we generate.

The deadline for final submissions is June 1, 2014. As part of the contest we will connect students with professional graphic designers so that they can receive feedback on their work prior to submitting the final logo. For more details about this contest please visit the ECCCO Logo Contest Webpage.

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ConnectEd Welcomes Dr. Tameka L. McGlawnPosted on April 3, 2014 at 7:32pm by Gary Hoachlander

ConnectEd partners with communities to transform education through Linked Learning, ensuring that all students, regardless of background, graduate ready for college, career, and life. With this mission in mind I am pleased to announce that Dr. Tameka L. McGlawn has joined ConnectEd as Director of Equity and Impact.

Tameka is not new to ConnectEd or Linked Learning, having worked in the field for nearly nine years and partnering closely with ConnectEd to address critical equity issues. She has also been an active member on the Linked Learning Pathway Quality Review Committee, helping define and apply pathway quality criteria integral to the pathway certification process.

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ConnectEd Studios - Day in the Life Video Contest!Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:58pm by Pallavi Somusetty

ConnectEd Studios, along with our partners Roadtrip Nation and Gigniks, have launched a brand new Day in the Life video contest for our students – prizes include a Chromebook! We're looking for high quality videos to add to our Day in the Life channel that showcase careers in various industry sectors, and that inspire other students to learn more about these fields.

The deadline for final submissions is June 1, but as part of the contest we will connect students with professional videographers so that they can receive feedback on their works-in-progress and produce high quality videos.

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Webinar: Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards: California’s Linked Learning ApproachPosted on March 14, 2014 at 5:29pm

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

Panelists
Olivine Roberts, EdD, Chief Academic Officer, Sacramento City Unified School District
Louie Rocha, Principal, Antioch High School
Brad Stam, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Registration Required
March 21, 2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Register here: http://all4ed.org/webinar/mar-21-2014/

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New Evaluation of the California Linked Learning District InitiativePosted on February 26, 2014 at 7:19pm by Ted Aquino

As more districts begin to implement Linked Learning through the AB 790 California Linked Learning Pilot, it is important to track the progress made in school districts already implementing the approach. For the past four years, SRI International has tracked and evaluated the California Linked Learning District Initiative. In their recent report, Taking Stock of the California Linked Learning District Initiative: Fourth-Year Evaluation Report, SRI International analyze data from the nine districts participating in the initiative; Antioch, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Montebello, Oakland, Pasadena, Porterville, Sacramento City, and West Contra Costa. Their findings share insights on how the Linked Learning approach is affecting the path of high school students within each district.

Links to the Forth Year Evaluation Report:

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