ERIC Number: ED538411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Linked Learning Demonstrates Blend of Academics and Career-Focused Learning
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Blending academic and career-focused instruction could be the key to reforming public high schools. That's the intent of Linked Learning, an initiative in California that was featured at an August briefing, "Building the Capacity of Teachers to Prepare Students for College and Careers," held by the Alliance for Excellent Education. While Linked Learning is currently only operating in California, its concepts and core components could be transferable to public high schools elsewhere. Creating meaning to instruction in the minds of students is essential to reform and achievement; yet, many young people question whether that is being done in schools. Seventy-one percent of secondary teachers and 83 percent of principals indicated that connecting classroom instruction to the real world has a major impact on improving student achievement, according to the 2009 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. The California Linked Learning Approach strives to make that connection. Once called "multiple pathways," Linked Learning is based on four principles and another four core components. These guiding principles include: (1) Linked Learning prepares students for both college and career; (2) Linked Learning connects academics to the real world; (3) Linked Learning leads to the full range of postsecondary opportunities; and (4) Linked Learning improves student achievement. The four core components of the California program are: (1) A challenging academic component; (2) A demanding technical component; (3) A work-based learning component; and (4) Supplemental services.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Education Work Relationship, High Schools, Principals, Secondary School Teachers, Professional Development, Partnerships in Education
Education Partnerships, Inc. Web site: http://www.educationpartnerships.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
Identifiers - Location: California