Pilot Program

The Linked Learning Pilot Program is a state initiative to develop and support systemic, district-wide systems and policy for the delivery of Linked Learning. The State Linked Learning Pilot Program was authorized in 2011 with the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 790, authored by Assembly member Warren Furutani and sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

The tremendous response from districts seeking to participate in the California Linked Learning Pilot Program reflects growing recognition that Linked Learning prepares students for college, careers, and life after graduation. A total of 63 local educational agencies have been selected to participate in the first year of the Pilot Progam, which is managed by the California Department of Education (CDE). They join nine others districts already involved in the Linked Learning District Initiative.

Combined, the selected local educational agencies serve approximately 600,000 high school students across the state of California. When the Pilot Program is fully implemented, Linked Learning will be available to more than one-third of the state’s high school students.

This is a giant leap of scale that will give many more students, in many more regions around the state, access to Linked Learning. Working with our partners at ConnectEd, The California Center for College and Career, the National Academy Foundation, and the College and Career Academy Support Network, the Linked Learning Alliance is committed to supporting the participating pilot districts as they work with employers and community leaders to take Linked Learning to scale. The Linked Learning Alliance is also collaborating closely with the California Department of Education (CDE) to ensure that the pilot program builds upon the work of the existing California Linked Learning District Initiative and benefits from the many lessons already learned by participating districts.

The Pilot was originally established in 2011 by Assembly Bill 790 (D-Furutani), a measure sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

A full list of schools and districts participating in the Pilot is available here.

Linked Learning Pilot Program: Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Students Benefit from School District Participation?

Bringing Linked Learning to scale gives more students the opportunity to benefit from this proven approach to education. Specifically, Linked Learning:

  • Creates meaningful and relevant learning experiences in career-oriented pathways that combine rigorous academics, career-based learning, and real-world workplace experience
  • Exposes students to previously unimagined college and career opportunities
  • Helps students connect what they learn in the classroom to reaching their next academic and career goals
  • Ensures students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life
  • Boosts graduation rates

How Do Districts and Consortia Benefit from Participation?

The participating consortia and school districts in the Linked Learning Pilot Program:

  • Develop partnerships with local postsecondary institutions, businesses, and community organizations to address high school preparation for college and career
  • Leverage ideas and resources from other participating groups
  • Receive help integrating the Common Core State Standards into rigorous, relevant curriculum
  • Receive professional development opportunities for teachers and staff  

Additional Support for Participants

The California Department of Education (CDE), with support from the Linked Learning Alliance, is facilitating the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Pilot program. CDE is also supporting participants in the following areas:

  • Professional development
  • Business engagement
  • After-school programming
  • Community engagement
  • Student support services
  • Curricular development
  • Postsecondary alignment
  • Work-based learning