Building Strong Systems

Linked Learning Alliance

Updated November 2018

The Linked Learning Alliance is a coalition of education, industry, and community organizations that builds a collective voice and coordinates efforts to expand access to Linked Learning in California and beyond. Established in 2008 with support from The James Irvine Foundation, the Linked Learning Alliance is now a standalone organization dedicated to improving high schools and preparing students for success in college, career, and life.

Programs of the Alliance and its partners seek to increase awareness and understanding of Linked Learning while growing student access to high quality pathways locally, regionally, and statewide. The Alliance leverages resources and expertise to promote Linked Learning, while developing and advocating for supportive policies, best practices, and technology platforms that  support high quality and extend Linked Learning to new sites and communities.

Resources: Linked Learning Alliance website

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There is opportunity to build upon district and regional efforts to develop Linked Learning pathways by leveraging Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I adult and youth programs and WIOA Title II and Adult Education Programs (AEP).
Engaging the WIOA public workforce development system—and other community partners for ongoing support service delivery—could help expand  professional learning opportunities for Linked Learning students and more closely align work-based learning efforts of districts and local Workfoce Development Boards within regions.

The Alliance could direct members toward state and federal resources that can be leveraged to help carry out instructional delivery, including:

  • AEP serving out of school youth
  • WIOA Title II serving out of school youth
  • Integrated Education and Training models for youth and adults
  • WIOA Title I transitional jobs
  • On-the-Job Training and Supportive Services program
  • WIOA Title IV transition services for high school students with 504 plans listing special learning accommodations

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