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April 16, 2013 > Linked Learning schools show promise

Linked Learning schools show promise

Submitted By Eric Wagner

"Too many students are not achieving college and career success in California," said Arun Ramanathan, Executive Director of The Education Trust-West, a statewide education advocacy organization that works to close gaps in opportunity and achievement for students of color and low-income students. "Based on our research, we see that Linked Learning has the potential to reduce these inequities and offer students a real connection between academic and career success."

According to its proponents, the Linked Learning approach aims to prepare students for postsecondary education and careers by connecting academics to real-world applications in school and workplace settings. "These Linked Learning schools showed a real commitment to providing every student with meaningful college and career preparation," said Jeannette LaFors, Director of Equity Initiatives at The Education Trust-West. "Students, parents, faculty, and business/industry partners are all working together to link academic preparation with real life work experiences to deeply engage and motivate students."

The enactment of state legislation (AB 790) is expanding the Linked Learning initiative into dozens of districts through the Linked Learning Pilot Program.

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