Message from the President: Reintroducing ConnectED

By Gary Hoachlander

Learn what’s changed, and what will stay the same, about ConnectED as we take this work national.

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“Delicious” Interventions for Learner-Directed Environments (Part 3)

By Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips

How important are the right conditions are for student-directed learning?

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Why Going for the Gold (Certification) Matters

By Gary Hoachlander

As students return for the new school year, ConnectEd looks forward to working with our school, district, and community partners around a shared belief: all students deserve the right to a great education. We’re working in communities across the country to challenge the status quo so that students become more inspired and better equipped to […]

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How “Delicious” is Your Learning Environment—for Adult Learners? (Part 2)

By Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips

In a recent blog post, I suggested that those who doubt students’ ability to direct their own learning because “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” might want to focus not on the horse, but what he’s being urged to drink. Students are more likely to try ambitious, self-directed […]

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Can Linked Learning Work in Rural School Districts?

By Gary Hoachlander

Friends, Parents, teachers, community members and anyone in the Linked Learning field have all seen the transformative effect that Linked Learning has on students, especially in some of the biggest, most challenging school districts across the country. We know that when students love what they’re learning, they work harder, dream bigger, and learn more. As […]

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Bringing Together School, Work and the Wider Community

By Gary Hoachlander

Colleagues, Making learning real and relevant is a big part of what we, in the Linked Learning field, do. We do this because we’ve seen, through research and testimonials, that when students are able to apply what they’re learning through professional pathways and experiences, their connections are deeper and they retain more of what they’re […]

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How “Delicious” is Your Learning Environment? (Part 1)

By Jennifer Lutzenberger Phillips

When you picture students directing their own learning, what comes to mind? In my long career serving students far from the center of opportunity, I’ve grown as a professional by working with skillful colleagues, in schools built around a core of career-themed, work-based application.  In these schools, the teaching expectations included real-world problem solving, where […]

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