In recent years, the Linked Learning approach to college and career readiness has been applied with positive results in individual high schools as well as entire school districts. Today, The James Irvine Foundation and Jobs for the Future are working in tandem with the Linked Learning Alliance and others to elevate and activate regions as a critical locus for expanding the scale and adoption of Linked Learning. This regional approach offers new opportunity to align pathways across secondary, postsecondary, and workforce systems.
Jobs for the Future has just launched Linked Learning Regional Hubs of Excellence, an initiative to establish places where all players – including educators, employers and community leaders – are active and united in delivering the benefits of Linked Learning to ever-greater numbers of young people. The first regions participating are East Bay, Tulare-Kings, Long Beach, and San Bernardino, each led by an anchor organization receiving an Irvine grant.
We are excited about this next step in the evolution of Linked Learning and encouraged by the early interest and engagement of partners in the participating regions. These regional hubs mark progress toward our Youth program goal: To increase the number of low-income young people who complete high school and earn a postsecondary credential by age 25. For more on Irvine’s Youth program strategy, see my blog post earlier this month.
Learn about Regional Hubs of Excellence in this blog post by Jobs for the Future:
By Marty Alvarado and Joel Vargas
Recent research about regional collaborations in California note their potential for promoting change across a state with a wide array of unique cultures, histories, and economies. Their potential for producing large-scale results is as yet a tantalizing general hypothesis: If educators, employers, and community leaders work together, they will achieve greater results than by working in their usual silos. It is a hypothesis now being tested vigorously in California through multiple publicly and privately supported regional initiatives that are all striving to help students succeed. Read the complete post on the Jobs for the Future website.