Linked Learning Job-Alike Presentation August 2014 Adam Stephens Assistant Superintendent of Linked Learning HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
FIST-to-FIVE FIST Linked Learning? Is that like LinkedIn? Lincoln Logs? What in the world is Linked Learning????? to FIVE I am leading Linked Learning work at my campus and could teach this session. Right now. Really.
Session Outcomes • By the end of this session, you will be able to: • Explain the Linked Learning approach: • why Linked Learning? why now? • how it fits into the bigger picture of high school transformation • its key components • Identify your own role within Linked Learning
By 2020: 90% of new jobs in growing industries with high wages will require some postsecondary education. (Carnevale, Smith, & Strohl, 2010).
In Harris County, 1 in 4 adults 25 and over did not finish high school – twice the national average. ttp://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/48201.html
1 in 10 SOURCE: Alliance for Excellent Education, “The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools,” (Washington, DC: 2008).
Yes … and … College and career are no longer an either-or proposition.
A NEW GOAL: graduate enroll persist complete
Tower of Babel Moving from English to Algebra to World Geography to French to Principles of Engineering to Biology can feel like traveling six different countries – each with its own language, rules, and culture.
What is Linked Learning? Linked Learning is an approach to education that transformsthe traditional high school experience by bringing together strong academics, a demanding technical education, and real-world experienceto help students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education, and careers. Students can choose amongindustry-themed pathways in fields such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedicine and health.
LINKED LEARNING work-based learning personalized supports real-world technical skills rigorous academics
Four Pathway Components A comprehensive four-year program of study: rigorous academics: Students enroll in college-prep core courses emphasizing industry-themed real-world applications. real-world technical skills:Students proceed through a CTE program of study (three or more courses meeting industry standards and offering certification) work-based learning: all pathway students engage in meaningful, rigorous, relevant WBL. personalized supports: Students receive the academic, social-emotional, college/career guidance, and transportation support they need.
Common features STUDENT COHORT • Open and equity-driven enrollment • A diverse, voluntary student cohort • Small school feel 250 – 500 students (9 – 12) • Industry theme unifies instruction • Personalized supports • Work-based learning • Personalized, relevant learning • Student voice and choice
Common features PATHWAY TEAM • A pathway teacher team: core and CTE/elective • Common set of pathway outcomes • Intentional course of study • A pathway lead teacher and dedicated administrator • Common planning time • Collegial data-driven planning • Trans-disciplinary projects
The research is in … Linked Learning students: attend high school more consistently (2-4% improvement) and accrue credits at faster rates are more likely to graduate; less likely to drop out (57% vs. 36% statewide in CA) enroll and persist in postsecondary programs at higher rates (10+%) earnas much as $2,500 more annually in the eight years after high school graduation
Race to the Top (RTTT-D): Funding • The $30 million federal grant funds our district-wide Linked Learning implementation • By 2018, 27 high schools will offer at least 1 pathway • Feeder elementary and middle schools will provide career awareness and exploration
RTTT-D Success Measures SHORT-TERM (2 years): 95% LL teachers trained in differentiated instruction 6% LL students aspiring to pursue college education BY THE END OF THE GRANT PERIOD: 75% of LL teachers will use differentiated instruction at least 40% of the time 25% LL students on track to CCR (SAT CRS) 60% of all LL cohort students will go on to attain a postsecondary degree within 6 years.
ConnectEd: Partner has supported the design and implementation of the Linked Learning approach in California, Florida, and Texas. provides technical assistance and coaching support ConnectEd:
Cohort 1 (2014-15) Chavez Eastwood Furr Lee Milby Reagan Sterling Westside
Benefits for students • Engaging, hands-on learning with real-world connections • Personalized college and career exploration • Intensive college and career prep • Summer Bridge programs • AP and dual-credit opportunities • College visits • Industry visits and internships • Family supports (e.g., Super Saturdays)
Benefits for campuses: • Continuation/expansion of effective practices and programs (e.g., AVID, CTE) • Professional development and coaching • Additional technology, funds, and supplies
Benefits for pathways • Full-time pathway counselor • Intensive professional development and coaching • Collegial planning time • Cohorted students
For more information http://www.houstonisd.org/linkedlearning