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Introduction to LINKS Student Advisement. What Parents and Students Need to Know…. What is LINKS?. A program that creates smaller learning communities in larger schools Designed to keep students from “ falling through the cracks”

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Introduction to LINKS Student Advisement

What Parents and Students Need to Know…

What is LINKS?

  • A program that creates smaller learning communities in larger schools

    • Designed to keep students from “falling through the cracks”

    • Designed to “bridge the gap” between what is taught in core classes and give students individual help with

What is LINKS?

LINKSstands for “Learning, Individualized Needs, Knowledge and Skills”

The purpose is to:

  • improve Learningfor ALL students

  • identify and meet Individualized Needs

  • increase Knowledge and Skills

    …for ALL students

The LINKS Program promotes student success in school and life by:

  • Relationship with a caring adult

  • Career goal

  • Connection with post secondary options

How LINKS works…

  • Each student will be assigned an advisor to work with him/her throughout high school

  • Students will be placed in small advising groups that meet at least weekly throughout high school

Advisors will work to

  • help students learn better

  • focus on individual needs

  • increase student knowledge about options after high school and the 21st Century workforce

  • Improve skills for school, community and work success

LINKS Advisors will:

  • Facilitate weekly lessons (standards based)

  • Be the “go to” person for parents

  • Help students with academic and career planning

  • Help students develop and maintain an academic and career portfolio

LINKS Advisors will:

  • Refer students to counselors as needed

  • Contact parents with concerns about attendance, behavior, and grades

  • ALSO…let parentsknow about some good things students aredoing

LINKS Advisors will:

  • Assign and check on activities on Career Cruising – a computer tool to help student plan for the career that is best for them.

  • Meet with students and parents to help plan each year’s schedule

  • Advocate for each student’s success


  • LINKS will bridge the gap between what is taught in the core curriculum and the skills necessary in the work place by addressing six major Skills Areas:

    • Career Exploration and Planning

    • Academic Development

    • Self-Knowledge

    • School Success Skills

    • Work Ethic

    • Life Skills

Students may receive elective credit for LINKS.

This is an easy and meaningful way for students to earn credit if your school offers LINKS for credit.

To learn more about LINKS go to our state website at:

Contact us…

If you have specific questions about LINKS contact your school LINKS coordinator or Barbara Ashcraft, WVDE Coordinator

[email protected]


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