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Linked Learning: Not Your Father’s Shop Class

Linked Learning is a proven approach for education sweeping California’s high schools. It’s led to lower drop-out rates, increased college and career readiness, and most impressively, Linked Learning makes students excited and engaged. The practice fuses rigorous academics and career training with project-based learning in the classroom and workplace experience outside of it. Life comes to School. Now underway in nine California school districts, the practice is expanding to more than 50 more, making it available to almost one-third of high-school students. Linked Learning enjoys strong bipartisan political support in-state, and is winning notice outside California, as others consider implementation. For a look inside reform that works, come hear from a student, a principal, and policy makers.

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  1. Is it really possible to prepare students equally well for college AND career within the same high school program?
  2. How does relevance and enjoyment of learning change a student’s achievement level and prospects beyond high school?
  3. What makes Linked Learning different from other college ready-technical education or other charter/magnet programs?



Susan Feeney, Partner, GMMB for James Irvine Foundation

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Best Practices & Implementation
  • Level: Beginning
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