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Linked Learning: The Story of Whoa

BY Anne Stanton
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| Jul 29, 2014

We have written a lot about why we think Linked Learning is such a promising approach for helping young people succeed in college, career and life. But there’s nothing more powerful than watching students tell their stories from their perspectives. Watch this two-minute video and you will see for yourself how Linked Learning is transforming lives.

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BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jul 01, 2014

In June 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jun 16, 2014

The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved $9.1 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the five approved grants, two are within California Democracy and three are in our Youth program.

Here are some highlights of a few of the new grants:

Voter and Civic Engagement — Our California Democracy program made a $900,000 grant to PICO California, as part of our Voter and Civic Engagement priority, to conduct coordinated voter outreach in partnership with its 19 affiliates statewide toward the goal of directly contacting 150,000 infrequent voters prior to state elections and engaging new and infrequent voters in other civic activities between election cycles. The goal of the Voter and Civic Engagement priority is to achieve a California electorate more representative of the state’s population and public decision-making informed by a broad cross-section of Californians.

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Keep Calm and Take a Selfie

BY Joyce Sood
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| Jun 12, 2014

The Linked Learning community is celebrating the success of the Linked Learning high school seniors, who are graduating this month, with an exciting social media campaign: “Keep Calm and Take a Selfie.”

Throughout the month of June, students are asked to post graduation photos on Instagram and Twitter with the name of their school and the hashtag #LinkedLearning for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Visit LinkedLearning.tumblr.com to learn more about the contest, and about Linked Learning.

Congratulations to all 2014 graduating seniors!

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In the News: May 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jun 01, 2014

In May 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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State Invests $250 Million in Linked Learning

BY Anne Stanton
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| May 30, 2014

Editor’s Note — The California Department of Education announced today the first grant recipients under California’s $250 million Career Pathways Trust program, a program designed to support Linked Learning and other approaches that link rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences. Many of the grants were awarded to Linked Learning pathways that have been developed with Irvine Foundation support. You can read the Department of Education's announcement and a news release from the Linked Learning Alliance. Anne Stanton, Irvine's Youth Program Director, provided the following response to the announcement:

We are thrilled that the Career Pathways Trust (CPT) funding will bring Linked Learning to more students across California. We will continue our ongoing commitment to Linked Learning as well, as we believe that it represents the most effective approach to prepare young people for the full range of future options. It long has been our vision that Linked Learning be available to any student who wants it, and the CPT funding brings us a big step closer to realizing that goal for California students.

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In the News: April 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| May 01, 2014

In the News: March 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Apr 01, 2014

In March 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Irvine Board Approves $5.5 Million in Grants

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Mar 17, 2014

The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved $5.5 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the 10 approved grants, seven grants are within Arts, two grants are within California Democracy and one is in our Youth program.

Here are some highlights of the new grants:

Exploring Engagement Fund for Larger Organizations — The Arts program made grants to six organizations totaling $3.6 million within the Exploring Engagement Fund for Larger Organizations. These grants will support experimentation by each organization on how to increase arts engagement in a new or deepened way.

Voter and Civic Engagement — Our California Democracy program made grants to two organizations as part of the Voter and Civic Engagement priority. One grant, for $800,000, went to Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education to support voter mobilization and civic engagement activities among 500,000 voters across 12 California counties.

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In the News: February 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Feb 28, 2014

In February 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Linked Learning: Recent Successes and Looking Forward

BY Anne Stanton
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| Feb 25, 2014
A number of exciting recent developments indicate how Linked Learning is growing and gaining support:
  • The Linked Learning Pilot Program, passed by California legislators through Assembly Bill 790, involves 63 school districts and county offices of education throughout the state. Together, these agencies serve approximately 600,000 high school students, about one-third of the state’s high school population. This pilot sets the stage for steady expansion and demonstration of Linked Learning as a viable approach that can benefit all California youth.
  • Legislative support is reinforced by the 2013–2014 California state budget, which establishes the $250 million California Career Pathways Trust to fund work-based learning — a critical element of the Linked Learning approach — and other career pathways.
  • Last fall, the Linked Learning Fall Showcase generated new commitments from business leaders to work with local schools to get involved in providing work-based learning opportunities for high school students in Linked Learning pathways (read a News & Insights post about the event by Jennifer Ortega, California State Director of America’s Edge).
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From the President: Hope and Opportunity

BY Don Howard
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| Feb 18, 2014

Colleagues,

I’m feeling hopeful. I’m hopeful that addressing inequitable and unsustainable gaps in opportunity is truly emerging as a priority in our nation, as evidenced by the President’s “Opportunity Agenda,” and here in California, where I see a growing recognition of the ever-widening disparities between socio-economic groups and between our inland and coastal regions. This recognition is a tribute to the tenacious and creative efforts of social sector leaders and their communities who have brought attention and solutions forward to our profound opportunity gaps. Even though we still live in a state and country where your zip code can predict your social mobility and life expectancy, I’m hopeful that expanding access to opportunity will have broad enough importance and urgency across ethical, economic, and political lines to become a shared goal.

Perhaps, I’m hopeful because we at the James Irvine Foundation, like so many of you, have committed ourselves to this very goal for Californians. We see the insidious and unfair effects of opportunity being inaccessible to so many people. We also see, in the work that so many of you do, the tremendous potential for proven approaches and innovative solutions to improve access to opportunity and to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and society.

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In the News: January 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Feb 01, 2014

In January 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Report from the White House Summit on College Opportunity

BY Anne Stanton
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As Director of the Youth program, Anne Stanton leads Irvine’s strategies to esta
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| Jan 17, 2014

How often have we heard others — or ourselves— utter the phrase “education is more important to our economic success than ever before?” It is increasingly evident that a high school diploma is no longer the ticket to earning a family sustaining wage, and yet we also know the dismal situation. Our college attainment rates are static and inequitable. This fact lies at the heart of our Youth program, compelling us and our grantee partners to find solutions, to expand the number of students who graduate high school and earn a post-secondary credential by the time they are 25. We don’t kid ourselves — we know the issues are complex and that there are no silver bullet solutions — but we do know that we have to do better, and try harder to form new partnerships if we are going to help more young people succeed.

Yesterday, I had the unique privilege of watching the power of partnership in action. At the White House Summit on College Opportunity, I was surrounded by over 100 college presidents, business and nonprofit leaders, and colleagues in the philanthropic sector. I was wholly inspired by the President's and the First Lady's personal call to action to collectively commit to increasing college opportunity for low-income students. I was also inspired by the resounding response that it received: By the end of the day there were hundreds of tangible commitments to tackle the barriers to college opportunity, a palpable sense of enthusiasm to take on the task, and a clear willingness to work differently to get it done for our nation’ young people.

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White House Summit Builds Momentum for Linked Learning

BY Anne Stanton
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As Director of the Youth program, Anne Stanton leads Irvine’s strategies to esta
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| Jan 16, 2014

The White House today will be hosting an all-day summit dedicated to increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students. In addition to President Obama and the First Lady, participants will include college presidents from around the country, along with other educators and advocates working on college access and opportunity. I am certainly honored to be participating in this summit, but I’m mostly excited because of what it indicates about the growing national interest and momentum for Linked Learning.

Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences. Thanks to the hard work of our grantees and other partners, Linked Learning is expanding throughout California and recent evidence shows that it’s posting measurable success for high school students. We certainly believe that Linked Learning is a great way to prepare all students for success in college and their careers, and are pleased that policymakers across the nation are taking notice.

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In the News: December 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jan 01, 2014

In December 2013, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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What was the Buzz in 2013?

BY Joyce Sood
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| Dec 26, 2013

2013 was a big year for Irvine — from moving our San Francisco office to announcing a leadership transition to launching a new strategy in our California Democracy program. Here’s a look back at some of our biggest moments trending on Twitter this past year:

President and CEO Jim Canales blogged about transparency in philanthropy.

 

We refined our work in California Democracy.

 

Jim announced he will be stepping down as Irvine’s CEO.

 

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Guest Post: Connecting Schools with Industry Professionals

BY Jennifer Ortega
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As the California director for the national business leaders organization Americ
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| Dec 20, 2013

California State Director, America’s Edge

As the Linked Learning movement builds momentum throughout California, it is imperative that the field create systems to better connect schools with local industry professionals so students get essential work-based learning experiences.

Given the data on California’s skills gap, such partnerships that prepare young people for success in college and the workforce are truly needed. These partnerships give employers the opportunity to help inform students about their industry and coach students who might one day work for their company.

While this “return on investment” is a good reason for employers to get involved, a new incentive for school-business partnerships has emerged. Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg proposed and pressed for a $250 million set-aside in the 2013-14 state budget to support the development of systems for strong regional partnerships among school districts, community colleges, and employers. Known as the Career Pathways Trust, this $250 million will be distributed by the California Department of Education in the form of competitive grants in 2014.

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Irvine Board Approves $18.5 Million in Grants

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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As Communications Project Manager, Thuy provides project support for a broad ran
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| Dec 09, 2013

Our Board of Directors approved $18.5 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the 23 approved grants, 10 grants were within Arts, nine grants within California Democracy, two in our Youth program, one in Special Initiatives, and one Special Opportunity grant.

Here are some highlights of the new grants:

New California Arts Fund — The Arts program made grants to 10 organizations totaling over $8 million under the New California Arts Fund (NCAF). These grants, part of the next phase of our Arts strategy, will support arts nonprofits to adapt to change and move engagement to the core of their mission.

Voter Outreach and Technology (VOTE) Initiative — Our California Democracy program made grants to organizations as part of the Voter and Civic Engagement priority. The Regents of the University of California received $400,000 to evaluate voter outreach experiments and identify best practices in nonpartisan voter mobilization. Together, these grants are experimenting with new voter-targeting methods to effectively incorporate new technologies to increase the impact of voter outreach efforts.

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In the News: November 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Dec 01, 2013

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