A Leader Among Us: Daphannie Stephens

August 14, 2019
By connectED Admin

We are so very pleased to announce formally that Daphannie Stephens has taken on the position of Chief Program Officer at ConnectED. Daphannie joined ConnectED six years ago and during that time she led ConnectED’s coaching cadre, as well as our work in Detroit. A consummate coach herself, Daphannie brings so many important qualities to […]

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Celebrating True Partnership in Detroit

August 14, 2019
By Gary Hoachlander

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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My First Year at Harvard

August 14, 2019
By Kentaro Iwasaki

After seven wonderful years designing learning and teaching at ConnectED, I left to attend a doctoral program in Education Leadership at Harvard. There are many times over the past year that I’ve been struck by just what a thorough foundation ConnectED has provided me with, grounded in both theory and practice…

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How Four Great Lakes Communities Are Changing Pathways to College and Career

June 27, 2019
By Gary Hoachlander and Julie Koenke

This new report tracks the groundbreaking work in the Great Lakes, and why it’s a model for other communities.

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How One High School Is Connecting Learning to Community Health

April 22, 2019
By Gary Hoachlander

Colleagues, Last month’s Linked Learning Convention in Palm Springs offered many opportunities to see and hear about so much good work in the growing number of districts around the country embracing the Linked Learning approach. On Tuesday morning, I had the opportunity to tour Indio High School, home to several strong pathways. In particular, The […]

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The Light at the End of the Linked Learning Tunnel

April 22, 2019
By Ben Crosby

As part of my work with ConnectED, I recently had the privilege of serving as a Lead Evaluator for the Linked Learning Alliance’s Gold Certification Pilot…

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The Power of Pathways & Partnerships Conference Brings Linked Learning to Life

February 22, 2019
By Rob Atterbury

On January 16-18, 2019, San Diego Unified School District hosted the first Power of Pathways and Partnership Conference with University of California San Diego and ConnectED.  The convening was truly an “unconference,” with nearly 300 education leaders from across the country participating in project-based, experiential learning activities. With SeaWorld as our backdrop, we started by […]

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Bringing Linked Learning to Portland

February 22, 2019
By Gary Hoachlander

ConnectED is thrilled to begin a partnership with Portland Public Schools (PPS), Oregon’s largest school district. Learn more about this exciting collaboration.

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How School Districts Can Help Lift the Curriculum Off the Page

February 22, 2019
By Dave Yanofsky

There was a distinct buzz in the air when we arrived at Andrew P. Hill High School. Students were dashing around attending to last minute details and huddling with their teams to go over their assignments. We were there to film a school-wide Mass Casualty Drill that nearly every student on the campus was taking […]

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Message from the President: Reintroducing ConnectED

December 3, 2018
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)

November 29, 2018
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

November 29, 2018
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)

November 29, 2018
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?

November 29, 2018
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

November 29, 2018
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)

November 29, 2018
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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Lessons from the 2018 Linked Learning Alliance Convention

February 5, 2018
By connectED Admin

We were honored to meet and get to know so many of you at this year’s Linked Learning Alliance Convention in Anaheim, and to learn from colleagues new and old. In the spirit of sharing lessons across our field so that every student can be better prepared for college, career and life, please find links […]

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Your Generosity Makes Our Work Possible

January 25, 2018
By Lucia Villasana

Since 2006, we have walked this journey, hand-in- hand with more than 45 school districts across the nation, corporate partners, policy makers, government, local and national funders and donors. Through your support, each of you has affirmed the transformative power of a Linked Learning education. In this rapidly changing environment of a global and digital […]

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Reimagining Career and Technical Education

December 6, 2017
By Gary Hoachlander

In my work as President of ConnectED, I meet with a lot of teachers, district leaders, superintendents, and community members. There’s something we all agree on: every child in this country deserves the right to a good education—and we’re failing to provide that opportunity to far too many students. In our sector, we see many […]

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Letter from the President

October 25, 2017
By Gary Hoachlander

As the new school year gets into full swing, there are more than 300 Linked Learning Pathways in more than 55 districts across the country. Today, Linked Learning is reaching more kids than ever before. This matters—not just because of numbers, but because of who we are serving. Linked Learning is for all students. Linked […]

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What’s the Future of Digital Badges for Educators?

August 10, 2017
By Dave Yanofsky

Many of you may have heard the term ‘digital badge’ or ‘micro-credential’ these days, mostly in regards to students earning badges as a way to capture and recognize their skill development (similarly to how the Boy or Girl Scouts award badges for demonstrating specific skills). While student badges continue to be popular across the educational […]

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Seeing is Believing!

May 19, 2017
By Rob Atterbury

If a picture is worth 1000 words, seeing it first hand must be worth a billion!  Experiential Site visits are designed for teams of teachers, site administrators, district administrators and business partners in a district to come and see Linked Learning in action and all that it entails.  Hosted ConnectED and partner districts, these school […]

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