About 250 people from throughout the state convened in Long Beach recently as the Linked Learning Alliance spotlighted successful high school improvement efforts here. During the event, programs at Millikan High School and the California Academy of Mathematics and Science earned special recognition for earning certifications of excellence.
The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of educators, policymakers, businesses, labor, parents and others dedicated to improving high schools and better preparing students for college, careers and life.
“Long Beach is a beacon of what can be accomplished,” Christopher Cabaldon, executive director of the Linked Learning Alliance, told luncheon attendees who gathered at The Grand event center after spending the morning seeing high school programs in action. “Schools here have been recognized internationally not just for their excellence, but for keeping at it and continuing to improve.”
Linked Learning is a high school improvement approach that combines strong academics, demanding technical education and real-world experience in a pathway centered on an industry theme, such as engineering, biomedicine and health, or arts and media.
Earning Linked Learning Certification were the COMPASS and PEACE academies at Millikan, along with CAMS. To achieve certification, a pathway or academy must meet rigorous criteria developed by representatives from Linked Learning partner organizations, including the National Academy Foundation, the National Career Academy Coalition, the Career Academy Support Network, The Education Trust-West, ConnectEd and representatives of the California Linked Learning District Initiative, business and industry, and other districts interested in Linked Learning. There are 19 certified pathways in California. Last year, the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy at LBUSD’s Jordan High School became the first of two programs statewide to earn the certification.
Learn more about Linked Learning here.