For the past five years, SRI International has been conducting an independent evaluation of the Linked Learning District Initiative. Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of new findings drawn from all nine participating districts.
Eleven years ago, The James Irvine Foundation gave me the amazing opportunity to create a vision and strategy for improving college and career outcomes for California’s youth. My colleagues and I were given the resources, confidence, and support to implement that vision in partnership with amazing leaders across the state, and the time to watch the vision of Linked Learning take hold and become a reality for more and more young people.
In the midst of all the noise and spin about this week’s election results, I want to make sure you are aware of a very major victory for the Linked Learning field — the passage, by a two-thirds majority, of Measure N in Oakland! Measure N will generate $13 million a year for Oakland public schools, which will be used to expand Linked Learning to every high school in the district, and to open up postsecondary pathways for students.
One of the many reasons we are excited about Linked Learning is because it ignites students’ passions by creating meaningful learning experiences in career-oriented pathways. Linked Learning is showing that when students love what they’re learning, they work harder, dream bigger, and learn more.
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.”