The Alliance hosted the 4th annual Linked Learning Convention February 12th-14th in Anaheim, CA. Over 900 educators and professionals gathered to discuss and learn more about Linked Learning. Highlights include a keynote address about equity and Linked Learning from Ryan Smith, Executive Director of Education Trust West, awarding this year's Linked Learning Champions, and talented student interns and performers. Check out linkedlearning.org/convention-2018 for audio clips, transcripts, photos, and slide decks from the convention's plenaries and presentations.
The Linked Learning Alliance is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Linked Learning Alliance Board of Directors, Councils and Panels. Following a field-wide nomination process, the Board of Directors met in February to discuss and confirm nominations to the Alliance governance. For the full list of members, visit linkedlearning.org.
Applications for the Linked Learning Scholarship have opened! Students who are graduating seniors from pathways that have achieved Candidate status or higher in Linked Learning Certification are encouraged to apply. Up to five $1000 scholarships will be awarded to students to support their postsecondary education expenses. For requirements and deadlines please visit linkedlearning.org/scholarships.
The Linked Learning Alliance continues to monitor policy proposals and developments that would impact Linked Learning sites, systems, and stakeholders. There are two major proposals that would provide funds specifically for CTE programsAB 1743 and the Governor's budget proposal to fund K-12 CTE through the Strong Workforce program.

Both proposals present opportunities for a continued funding stream that could support CTE courses, facilities, and alignment with industry and postsecondary institutions. In addition to these fiscal proposals, the Alliance is compiling a list of state legislation that may impact Linked Learning implementation, which will be updated at this
 
link in the near future. The Alliance welcomes any perspectives from the field as these proposals move through the legislative process.

Contact: Anna Fontus 
(anna@linkedlearning.org).
The Alliance is expanding the courses approved by the UC Office of the President to be included in the Linked Learning Course List. All the courses on this list are a-g approved and include Linked Learning signature elements. A new timeline outlining the process for adding courses to this list is also now available. Click here to see the timeline and learn more about the Course List.
500 pathways are now registered on Linked Learning Certification -- and the number of participating pathways continues to grow! Thank you to all the schools and districts that have embraced the platform over the past year. For those who would like to learn more, visit certification.linkedlearning.org.

Other things to watch out for:
  • Communications Toolkits for Candidate and Silver Pathways are now available on Certification. Be sure to login and take full advantage of it.
  • New industry digital badges are live in Certification. See more details here.
The 2018 Linked Learning Champions were honored at the "Breakfast with Champions" plenary on February 14 during the 2018 Linked Learning Convention in Anaheim. Read more about this year's champions: Joseph Castro, Kathleen McIntire, Shirley Weber, and the James Irvine Foundation here. You can also find photos, audios, and transcripts from the plenary at linkedlearning.org/convention-2018
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