At its best, the start of the school year brings a renewed sense of purpose, promise and possibility. All of these, and energy abounding, were palpable this past Tuesday (August 14) when I spent the day in San Bernardino City Unified School District and had the chance, once again, to see Linked Learning in vibrant action.

And as San Bernardino City Unified's efforts help us learn more about how best to extend the value of Linked Learning to students just entering the K-12 system, others across the state are helping us learn more about its' impact and value for students entering our post-secondary systems. As of this summer, through Linked Learning Analytics, we now have thirteen community college districts sharing data with K-12 school districts helping us all better understand how students grow.

On the policy front, we are close to celebrating one more step forward in advancing the "AND' solution. California Assemblymember Tony Thurmond's AB 3188 -- a bill that will empower districts to report how many students are completing both the "a-g" sequence of courses required for college and a CTE sequence -- is on its way to CA Governor Jerry Brown's desk.

Read Anne's entire back-to-school blog post here .

Anne B. Stanton
President, Linked Learning Alliance
August 16, 2018
Mark your calendars (literally and on Facebook!), the Linked Learning Convention 2019 will be held March 19 - 21 in Palm Springs, CA! The Alliance is happy to host the event at the Renaissance Indian Wells, a corporate partner that is already engaged with the region's efforts to expand Linked Learning opportunities for students.

Stay tuned for more information at linkedlearning.org/convention-2019 as well as sign up for updates below:
  • Request for Proposals will open late September/early October
  • Convention registration will open late October/early November

CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan presenting AB 3188 on the Senate floor Aug. 13.
California Policy: AB 3188 by California Assemblymember Tony Thurmond will be headed to the Governor's desk soon. It passed the CA Senate 37-0 on Aug. 13. If enacted, the bill will empower districts to report how many students are completing both the "a-g" sequence of courses required for college and a CTE sequence. While such reporting will be completely voluntary, the Alliance hopes this bill will become law so that more districts can easily share with community partners how they are integrating college and career readiness through their Linked Learning pathways.

National Policy: The long awaited Perkins Reauthorization was signed by the President on July 31. The Alliance's  press release on the bill -- renamed the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act -- contains further details and next steps. Read it  here.

If you have any questions, contact the policy team at policy@linkedlearning.org
PORTERVILLE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT


The moment when the ribbon was cut at the Porterville Military Academy opening. See photos from Linked Learning's trip to Porterville here. (Photo/David Chen)
Porterville Unified School District  got ready for the new school year with its  annual Professional Development Day on August 1. At this event, educators  discussed how the district uses data to drive improvement in the classroom and participated in a series of "speed-dating" sessions where teachers were able to speak with experts on a range of Linked Learning topics including distributive leadership, instructional rigor, and career and technical education.  PUSD also celebrated the opening of its 14th pathway -- the Porterville Military Academy. The entire community came together for the ribbon cutting and to celebrate the mission of preparing all students for college and career success. You can see photos from the event  here .

The Alliance would like to thank Porterville Unified for its hospitality and to also thank the other districts who invited the Alliance staff to join their summer programs! If you are interested in having a Linked Learning Alliance representative join your district for an upcoming professional development day or special event please contact info@linkedlearning.
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT


Los Angeles Unified School District had their back-to-school festivities this past Tuesday (August 14). The district's new superintendent Austin Beutner and its Board of Education members visited the newly-opened University Pathways Public Service Academy as part of the day-long celebration.
Linked Learning Certification hit another major milestone this summer -- reaching 100 participating school districts in the system! To learn more about how to improve your pathway over time, unlock benefits for your students, and gain recognition for your pathway's hard work, visit certification.linkedlearning.org.
 

This scatter plot shows SBAC proficiency in ELA on the Y-axis compared to SBAC proficiency in math on the X-axis, with Linked Learning pathway students in green and non-pathway students in purple.
Linked Learning Analytics recently added a new dashboard as part of its integration with the CORE Data System. The ability to compare a school's student performance with other schools across the entire collaborative system means educators and their partners can be better equipped to make data-informed decisions. System-wide pathway-to-pathway comparison functions are scheduled to come later in the fall. Participating districts have expressed enthusiasm and eagerness to dig into the data. Sacramento City Unified School District recently indicated that they want to use Analytics for training and interventions at the school level.

For more information about how to access your district's data in Linked Learning Analytics, please email info@linkedlearning.org .
Learn more about each of the five awardees of the 2018 Linked Learning Scholarship  by reading our five-part series of blog posts " Get to know the Scholarship Awardees ":




The Alliance wants to expand the number of courses that incorporate Linked Learning signature elements, and meet the requirements to be approved as both both a-g and CTE.   Courses that meet the criteria will be submitted for approval to  the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) as a Linked Learning course, which would be publicly available  on the Linked Learning Course List website for any Linked Learning pathway to use.

Click here to learn more.
Sacramento accepting applications for its paid work experience program

The City of Sacramento has opportunities for high school seniors to gain valuable and paid work-based experience through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). The city is now accepting applications. Visit   here   to learn more.


Lynda.com access for New World of Works Community of Practice members!

As a New World of Work Community of Practice member, did you know that you and your students across your campus have access to the entire Lynda.com video library for FREE up to August 2018? Simply sign up with a school email address at https://www.lynda.com/email-signup
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