Linked Learning 2018

January 10, 2018

The Career Ladders Project invites you to join us in Anaheim on February 12-14 for the 2018 Linked Learning Convention: Scaling Strategies for Success. Join us and colleagues and partners from across the state who are committed to preparing all students for college, career and life!

The convention brings together more than 900 leaders in K-12 and postsecondary education, business, work force, research, policy and nonprofit for thoughtful discussion and learning. Attendees will be able to hear from dynamic speakers, participate in interactive breakout sessions, learn through experiential site visits, and interact with Linked Learning students.

Download the 2018 Linked Learning Convention Flyer to share with your colleagues and network.

Linked Learning 2018 – Breakout Sessions with Career Ladders Project

What do post-secondary Guided Pathways mean for Linked Learning?
Linda Collins, Executive Director, Career Ladders Project
Naomi Castro, Director, Career Ladders Project
Amy Smith, Executive Director, Educational Partnerships Advancing Linked Learning Innovation Network Hub, Long Beach Unified School District

This session will explore the potential alignment and synergy between the Guided Pathways movement and Linked Learning. Guided Pathways is an approach to transforming post-secondary institutions to improve equity in post-secondary completion. It has many kindred components with the Linked Learning approach – including development of clearly defined, high quality pathways organized into broad interest areas or clusters; attention to supporting informed exploration and choice of programs of study; and proactive and integrated student supports. It aims to redesign higher education around the student experience and needs. Linked Learning participants will explore this growing movement among post-secondary institutions in their regions and how they can collaborate on and align efforts. Improving post-secondary transition and success for all students is the shared aim of Linked Learning and Guided Pathways.

Mapping K16 Pathways and Building Cross-Institutional K16 Communities of Practice
Maeve Katherine Bergman,
Director, Career Ladders Project
Robert Curtis, Director and Regional Support, ConnectEd
Lindsay Anglin, Program Associate, Career Ladders Project

In the last few years, community colleges, high schools, adult schools, four-year colleges, industry, and other stakeholders in California have increasingly collaborated in designing and implementing 9-16 pathways that increase post-secondary completion and the likelihood of employment. In this presentation, staff from ConnectEd and Career Ladders Project will share evidence-based elements that are necessary for developing pathways that extend the boundaries of high school and college. These include early matriculation, improving how students are placed in mathematics and English courses, dual enrollment, creating greater structure in student course taking, integrated instruction, proactive support services and work based learning. We will then examine and share examples and stories of how we have collaboratively supported various high school, adult school and community college consortia to map K16 pathways and build cross organizational communities of practice for continuous improvement.

Guiding Pathways: Integrated Counseling & Instruction Supporting Student Success
Maeve Katherine Bergman,
Director, Career Ladders Project
Dr. Robert Jaurequi, Consultant, Career Ladders Project
Sherry Shojaei, Senior Program Associate, Career Ladders Project

Pathways, from Linked Learning to Guided, are an increasingly popular strategy for supporting student success. While many K12 and community college partners strive to integrate student services and counseling into instructional pathways, counseling has had varying degrees of integration across institutions. With the availability of Student Success and Support (SSSP), Equity, Basic Skills, Strong Workforce, and Guided Pathways resources, this is an opportune time to fully integrate student services such as counseling into pathways. One way to ensure strong and intentional integration is by fostering counseling and student supports services collaboration. This session will also highlight learning from the California Counseling Network (CaCN) which provides a professional forum for collaboration and innovation among counselors and student support colleagues serving students in secondary and post-secondary pathways.

For the full conference breakout calendar, please visit the Linked Learning website.