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

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

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

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

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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