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Linked Learning Pathway Self-Study - 2020


Linked Learning is transforming education by engaging young people, connecting schools with postsecondary and employer partners, and producing more equitable outcomes.The workforce of tomorrow needs educators, employers and community members willing to shape education today. Through Linked Learning, students are provided with engaging educational experiences that combine college and career preparation, helping each discover their purpose. Young people are introduced to career possibilities in sectors that drive their region’s economy and make education relevant to their passions. Young people are inspired to graduate from high school with the coursework and skills they need to thrive in postsecondary education and the workforce.  

How are you shifting your practices to ensure each young person is at the center of high-quality learning, surrounded by adults and structures dedicated to their growth?

What is this Self-Study Tool?

Check in on your pathway development progress using our Linked Learning Pathway Self-Study Tool! Your answers will help you visualize what you've accomplished, note areas you're making strides, and create an action plan to continue strengthening your program.*

How do I use this Tool?
  • Collaborate with your team to see your growth, plan next steps, and keep improving pathways to produce greater outcomes for students!
  • Compile pathway data to enrich your experience using this tool and its reporting, however data is not required to answer most questions. Here's a list of the information we talk about in the tool:
    • Student participation and attendance data, disaggregated by student subgroups where possible, including English Learners
    • Academic coursework and pathway program requirements
    • Teacher/educator and industry partner data, including specific supports and frequency of participation
    • Student, educator, industry partner, and community member engagement (opportunities for input, collaboration, evaluation)
  • Complete the questions as many times as you'd like. Earning your Silver or Gold Certification is great, but even more important is the process of tracking your progress and continually improving.
What are the Linked Learning Certification Standards?

Linked Learning is a proven approach to developing high-quality pathways that prepare students for college and career. Building pathways guided by Linked Learning certification standards will help you establish a strong program that includes: 1) an integrated program of academic and CTE study, 2) work-based learning opportunities, and 3) a comprehensive student support program. The certification process is progressive. As a candidate pathway your team collects and reviews artifacts - as you put in place the foundational structures of a Linked Learning pathway (recognized through Silver certification), and then build a high-quality Linked Learning college and career experience for students (recognized in Gold certification). Each level builds on your accomplishments and helps establish a solid pathway foundation that will serve students’ needs long into the future.

How do I learn more?
  • For more information about the Linked Learning Alliance, please visit their website.
  • Additional details regarding the California CTEIG standards referenced throughout this self-study tool can be found here.

*This tool is intended to help you understand how you’re doing in relation to several important Linked Learning concepts. It is not a formal evaluation of your program’s certification progress.
1. Before you begin, please provide a bit of information about yourself! (This information is required, because when you hit the "Submit" button a summary report of your responses will be sent to you via email in pdf format. Please save this pdf report so you'll be able to compare your responses over time and see how your pathway is progressing!) *This question is required.