Linked Learning is a successful approach to education based on the idea that students work harder and dream bigger if their education is relevant to them. The Linked Learning approach integrates rigorous academics that meet college-ready standards with sequenced, high-quality career-technical education, work-based learning, and supports to help students stay on track. For Linked Learning students, education is organized around industry-sector themes. The industry theme is woven into lessons taught by teachers who collaborate across subject areas with input from working professionals, and reinforced by work-based learning with real employers.
Beyond High School partners with districts and schools to help build the capacity to implement Linked Learning. We collaborate with educators and their communities to develop the leadership capacity, structures, processes, and culture to support school redesign.
Explore the resources below to learn more about Linked Learning and find resources to help you with implementation.
Evidence of Effectiveness
An evaluation by SRI Education, conducted across seven years through the California Linked Learning District Initiative, shows that Linked Learning’s approach works for all students — and especially for students who are underperforming as they enter high school.
Resources from the Linked Learning Alliance
Linked Learning Certification
Quality is key to Linked Learning experiences that prepare students to succeed in college and career. The three levels of Linked Learning Certification support a cycle of continuous learning and improvement for Linked Learning pathways by offering independent evaluation and verification of high-quality work based on proven standards of effectiveness.
Other Resources from the Linked Learning Alliance:
Pathway Self-Study Tool
The Pathway Self-Study Tool helps pathway teams continuously assess and improve their pathways implementation. Teams can evaluate their processes, progress, and impact as they put in place the foundational structures of a Linked Learning pathway and then build a high-quality Linked Learning college and career experience for students.
Aligned with Linked Learning certification standards, the Self-Study Tool allows you to dig in to each of the core components of your pathway, with individual sections addressing:
- Integrated Program of Study
- Work-Based Learning
- Integrated Student Supports
Our Linked Learning Pathway Improvement Toolkit provides guidance, resources, and templates to help you use the Pathway Self-Study Tool to improve the opportunities you provide your students.
On-Demand Webinar: Los Angeles Unified School District’s Critical Design and Gaming High School
This webinar features educators from C:\DAGS high school which is a gold certified Linked Learning program. They share their journey with Linked Learning implementation and the impact the program has had on students.
Los Angeles Unified School District Linked Learning Portfolio Defense
This series of videos showcases how LAUSD has implemented student portfolio and defense process that is an integral part of Linked Learning.
On-Demand Webinar: Oceanside High School (CA)
Oceanside High School, located 40 miles north of San Diego, CA, launched three career pathways during the 2018-19 school year. Learn about the capacity building that they undertook to support the transition to Linked Learning, the changes they’ve seen in student outcomes after just one year, and their plans for the future as they continue to evolve to prepare their students for success after high school.
High Quality CTE Program Evaluation
This rubric, provided by the California Department of Education, is a useful tool to review your current CTE program and determine opportunities for growth and improvements.
California Department of Education CTE Model Curriculum Standards
The revised CTE Model Curriculum Standards designed to prepare students to be both Career and College ready were adopted by the California State Board of Education on January 16, 2013.