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Linked Learning Pathways

Linked Learning Pathways

What Is Linked Learning?

Linked Learning is a successful approach to education based on the idea that students work harder and dream bigger if their education is relevant to them. The Linked Learning approach integrates rigorous academics that meet college-ready standards with sequenced, high-quality career-technical education, work-based learning, and supports to help students stay on track. For Linked Learning students, education is organized around industry-sector themes. The industry theme is woven into lessons taught by teachers who collaborate across subject areas with input from working professionals, and reinforced by work-based learning with real employers. This makes learning more like the real world of work, and helps students answer the question, “Why do I need to know this?”


Linked Learning exposes high school students to previously unimagined college and career opportunities by turning their education into a personally relevant, engaging experience. Research shows that Linked Learning students have higher rates of engagement and higher graduation rates than their peers at traditional high schools. This approach to education is helping to create a disciplined, prepared, and productive future workforce, ready to succeed in college, career, and life.


Understanding Linked Learning

Imagine an education and workforce system that rewards innovation, supports different learning styles, values different interests and talents, nimbly adapts and responds to technology and workplace needs, and prepares students of all ages for success in college and career. That is the essence of Linked Learning, and it speaks to us all—educators, business and industry, policy makers, and advocates for a stronger economy and future for America. And it requires that we do more, not less to achieve the full potential of each student.