The Linked Learning approach makes education relevant by weaving together career themes, core college prep subjects, such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), teaching, and real life examples. This results in engaged students, coordinated teacher teams, and curricula that are seamlessly aligned to Common Core State Standards.
For example, a team of teachers in a Health pathway decides to use a bacterial epidemic as a backdrop for academic classes. Students in Algebra calculate and graph the growth rate of the common cold. Students in English class write a report on a Common Core State Standard aligned non-fiction book about the spread of plagues and viruses throughout history. Students in Biology start a lab aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and learn about how bacteria function and spread. This is one example of an integrated unit that provides students with context, technical understanding, and examples of a real world application in Algebra, English and Biology. Single subject silos are replaced with vibrant integrated curriculum and relevant learning experiences.
To learn more about integrating STEM and Linked Learning, please see Gary Hoachlander's December 2014 article in ASCD’s Education. Read the full article here.
For additional resources to help plan and implement a menu of pathways see the following: