Colleagues,

A week ago, my wife was sitting quietly on the back porch of her daughter’s duplex. There is a high school just down the street. She could hear the celebratory sounds of graduation, and she began to cry. In a normal year, these would have been tears of joy, but this night she could only feel profound sadness. The week before, nineteen children and two teachers were massacred at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, just days before the end of the school year. They would never walk across a June stage.

These two teachers gave their lives for their students. Fortunately, most teachers will never have to make this ultimate sacrifice. But every day, all the teachers we know give their lives for their students. At no time has this been more true than during the past school year, one filled with trauma as both students and teachers have had to learn how to go to school again. At ConnectED, we are deeply grateful for the thousands of teachers who devote their lives to caring for children and helping them leave school able to realize their full potential. We hope that this summer, more than ever, you will have the time to rest and heal.

Grateful For Our Teachers

Colleagues, A week ago, my wife was sitting quietly on the back porch of her daughter’s duplex. There is a high school just down the street. She could hear the celebratory sounds of graduation, and she began to cry. In a normal year, these would have been tears of joy, but this night she could […]

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 Story Telling Through Animation

  Recently a former ConnectED Board member introduced us to Ron Diamond, CEO of The Animation Show of Shows, Inc. Through this non-profit, Ron curates and releases some of the best animated short films created by students and professionals around the world. The films appear in his annual programs at universities and colleges from Harvard […]

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Building a System of College and Career Pathways in New Mexico

In collaboration with the Learning Policy Institute, ConnectED has prepared a report providing state leaders and other stakeholders in New Mexico research and policy recommendations for developing a system of college and career pathways… [Read More]

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ConnectED Welcomes New Board Members

We are thrilled to welcome three new members to ConnectED’s Board.

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Pursuing School Transformation in a COVID-19 World

  In the turmoil and chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it would have been easy for districts aggressively pursuing school reform to put aside those initiatives and focus exclusively on the current crisis. In most of the communities where we’re working, that has not happened. Perhaps because the pandemic has exposed more starkly than […]

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This Teachable Moment

Nationwide, schools—from K-12 all the way through postsecondary institutions—are shuttering their doors. Government officials predict that schools are likely to remain closed for the next three to six months, through summer break. As parents, teachers, and students absorb the shocks and challenges of this new reality, many are wrestling with whether and how to sustain learning and teaching during these tumultuous times. In most respects, this is unprecedented. But in some respects, it is not.

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Welcome Team Members

In order to meet the growing national demand for College & Career pathways, the ConnectED team is growing. We are excited to announce the addition of two new members to the ConnectED staff, as well as a new board member.

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Experiential Learning as Valuable for Adults as It is for Students

The City of Long Beach needs to measure pedestrian traffic in the northwest quarter of the city. To assist the city, a team of seniors in the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, and Engineering at Jordon High School are designing a device integrating infrared sensors, an electronic controller, and wireless communication.

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Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is here! We’re excited to participate in this inspiring day of giving back and hope that you’ll join in supporting the important work we are doing, work that prepares youth for successful lives in college and career via academically aligned Linked Learning pathways.

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Celebrating True Partnership in Detroit

Since 2013, ConnectED, in partnership with NAF and the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, has supported a transformational approach to preparing students for college and career in Detroit. This work has been dynamic, complex, and collaborative. It has incorporated all levels of linked learning, from professional development, to coaching; instructional design, to work-based learning…

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