Linked Learning Planning & Implementation

As the first regional Linked Learning Center serving Southern California since 2010, Center staff are experts at working with school districts and schools to custom design and implement a Linked Learning pathway program.

Linked Learning is an applied educational framework that engages high school students in a personally relevant, wholly engaging and rigorous learning environments so they are prepared for college and the competitive workforce. Students develop high-level skills within a career pathway and, through real world, work-based learning experiences, develop professional competency, personal skills and academic knowledge. A Linked Learning course of study ensures students graduate from high school and are prepared to enter a two- to four-year college or university, an apprenticeship or formal job training.  Linked Learning motivates students because they see how what they are learning applies to the professional world. In Linked Learning pathways, students work together on multidisciplinary projects. They experience connections among diverse subject areas, work collaboratively to solve real‐world problems and present creative solutions.

Linked Learning has four core components:

  • Rigorous academics:  Academic classes include college preparatory English, mathematics, science, history and foreign language for all students.
  • Real-world technical skills:  A three-to four-year series of industry-based courses that help students gain the knowledge and skills that give them a head start to a successful career.
  • Work-based learning:  A four-year series of learning experiences that begin with field trips and industry advised projects, move on to job shadowing industry mentoring and culminate in internships, school-based enterprises or virtual apprenticeships.
  • Personalized support:  Students receive supplemental instruction and counseling to support academic and technical learning and social/emotional needs.

Research shows that Linked Learning students of all demographic profiles have higher persistence and graduation rates, earn more credits and are more likely to be on track with A-G requirements than their peers at traditional high schools.

The Center for Powerful Public Schools is a proud member of the Linked Learning Alliance.  The Linked Learning Alliance released a one page infographic with Linked Learning data, based on a four year study.


For LAUSD: Kelly Gallagher Nick, 

For Regional LL: Dr. Talma Shultz,