On October 18th, policymakers representing the federal government and selected state governments will see Linked Learning in action during a visit to two Los Angeles high schools organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education and partner organizations such as the Center for Powerful Public Schools. The Linked Learning instructional approach combines rigorous academics, high-quality career and technical education, work-based learning, and student supports, aimed at preparing all students, especially those who are traditionally underserved, to graduate with skills necessary to succeed in college and career.

During the visit, policymakers will interact with students, teachers, and administrators while exploring the classroom and workshop spaces where students investigate topics such as aerodynamics and circuit design and defend portfolios tied to the performing and technical theatre arts. The visit will conclude with a panel discussion featuring business and postsecondary education leaders, teachers, and students.

The Linked Learning model is working to reverse the trend of too many students—particularly African American, Latino, and students from low-income families— that are failing to graduate with the skills necessary to succeed. Originating in California in 2009 with 9 school districts, Linked Learning has since expanded across the state now serving more than 65,000 students in California, and many more in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Christopher Cabaldon, Executive Director, Linked Learning Alliance
Frances Gipson, Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District
Jeanne Fauci, Executive Director, Center for Powerful Public Schools
Gary Hoachlander, President, ConnectEd: California Center for College and Career
Christine Margiotta, Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
David Rattray, Executive Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Esther Soliman, Linked Learning Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Educators and students from STEM Academy of Hollywood and Los Angeles High School of the Arts
Business, higher education leaders, and other stakeholders from the Los Angeles area

Site #1:
STEM Academy of Hollywood at Helen Bernstein High School
1309 N. Wilton Place
Los Angeles, CA

Site #2:
Los Angeles High School of the Arts (Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools)
701 S. Catalina Street
Los Angeles, CA

Press inquiries: smaldonado@powerfuled.org | 213-223-1705