What is Linked Learning? DELAC Meeting April 19, 2011 10:00 AM Today we will answer… What is Linked Learning? What does it look like in Long Beach? We will also answer your questions. Question for you What is something you have learned well? How did you learn it? Do you enjoy doing it? Linked Learning Brings Together… Challenging Academics Technical Skills Work-based Learning Student Support What makes Linked Learning an effective way to improve learning? Academic and technical study Project-based work Students learn by doing Apply academic knowledge to real-world situations Models activities and behaviors of workplace Teachers work together to support students Planned 4 year course of study How do we know this is a good idea? See students engaged Scores are improved Improved CAHSEE pass rates Higher a-g completion rates Higher Earnings after graduation Questions- so far? What is Linked Learning? Prepares students for College and Career Brings together components of school that were traditionally seen as separate. What does Linked Learning Look Like in Long Beach? Builds on: Small Learning Communities School of Choice ROP classes Strong academic focus What Does Linked Learning Look Like in Long Beach? State has defined 15 Industry Sectors Long Beach has a Small Learning Community or pathway for 13 of them Some Small Learning Communities are not aligned with one industry sector Linked Learning Examples in LBUSD ACE Jordan Renaissance HS CAMS Engineeri Arts, Media and Engineering ngEntertainment Construct ion PEACE Millikan COMPASS Millikan Public Services Arts, Media and Entertainment •Students choose pathway based on interest in theme •Engaging project-based learning •Teachers work together towards student success Linked Learning in LBUSD All High School Small Learning Communities are working towards Linked Learning model. Smaller groups of students Define specific student outcomes for their theme Teachers are being trained to build interdisciplinary, engaging projects Teachers are learning more about workplace expectations Work Based Learning Important component of Linked Learning Creates context for learning Makes academics real Strengthens technical skills Students practice workplace, adult behavior Educational Business Advisory Ways Business is Getting Involved Field Trips Job Shadow Internships Teacher Externships Review of Student Work Advise on Projects Mock Interviews Questions so far? What does it look like in Long Beach? Building on previous successful practices Many choices for students Frequently Asked Questions Here are some of questions that are most commonly asked. What is the meaning of integrated curriculum and applied learning? Does Linked Learning promote “college preparatory” curriculum? Does Linked Learning promote Career and Technical Education (CTE)? Is there time for students to complete both an academic and technical core of courses? Isn’t it unrealistic, and even wrong, to expect students to choose a career as early as the 9th grade? Is the Linked Learning approach another form of tracking? Additional Questions?