What is Linked Learning?
According to the James Irvine Foundation, the Linked Learning approach to high school education combines strong academics and real-world experience to help students build a strong foundation for success in college and careers—and life.
Students in Linked Learning programs follow a pathway, a comprehensive program of study that connects learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside of school. They integrate rigorous academic instruction with a demanding technical curriculum and field-based learning — all set in the context of one of California’s 15 major industry sectors.
The “Linked Learning” Name
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Linked Learning is the new name for the educational approach formerly known in California as “multiple pathways.” After extensive public opinion research, the schools and organizations implementing this approach selected the Linked Learning name to more clearly convey its unique benefits to students, educators, parents and policymakers.
Students pursue a pathway from grades nine to 12 and graduate prepared for the full range of post-graduation options — whether that means a
two- or four-year college, an apprenticeship or formal job training. The Linked Learning approach challenges and inspires students to learn, and creates well-rounded, highly skilled individuals with the foundation for lifelong success.
The Linked Learning approach is gaining in popularity because it can make schools more competitive and attractive to students. Research shows that it can generate higher academic achievement and can lead to increased college attendance rates, higher earning potential after graduation and greater civic engagement.