Promoting innovative practice, policy and research to advance the number of educational pathways that prepare California high school students for college and career.
In 2006, the Irvine Foundation made a major commitment to Linked Learning (formerly known as multiple pathways) by establishing a new nonprofit organization, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. ConnectEd serves as a hub for innovative practice, policy and research to expand the number of educational pathways that prepare students for both college and career.
ConnectEd has created a Network of Schools to demonstrate and promote excellence in Linked Learning. This network of 16 model programs is a community of learners, and its members serve as demonstration sites to schools, districts, policymakers and others interested in Linked Learning. Through ongoing evaluation of these programs, ConnectEd also is building a base of research about the effectiveness of Linked Learning and how to improve it.
ConnectEd supports the implementation of pathways that integrate college-prep academics and technical education. ConnectEd is developing curricula that demonstrates the relevance of academic subjects to the real world and introduces students to the full range of post-graduation options. ConnectEd also supports professional development to help teachers develop the skills and practices that are critical for the success of the Linked Learning approach.
ConnectEd staff are using the insights gained through demonstration and implementation to identify education policies that support wider adoption of Linked Learning in California's school districts. They have also formed a statewide coalition of education, industry and community organizations that are working to promote broader adoption of Linked Learning.
More information about ConnectEd is available at www.connectedcalifornia.org.