Linked Learning is an initiative that aligns with the content and practices of the California Common Core Standards (CCCS), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and standards based innovations in other content areas including Social Studies and the fine arts.
Linked Learning pathways are characterized by rigorous academic curricula aligned with the approved standards and frameworks in each individual content area course. The cross-disciplinary approach central to Linked Learning methodologies means that elements of the cross-cutting concepts and science and engineering practices in the NGSS, the mathematical practices in the CCCS-M, and the cross-content literacy central to the CCSS-ELA are blended with critical thinking skills in relevant real-world interdisciplinary projects. Like the new standards, Linked Learning develops 21st century skills for all secondary students that lead to college and career success in any pathway they pursue.
About the Standards
Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics--(CCSS-M) are the result of a collaborative effort between state departments of education, teachers, experts in a wide array of fields, and professional organizations. The standards allow students to become increasingly more proficient in understanding and using mathematics with a steady progression, leading to college and career readiness by the end of high school.
Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects--(CCSS-ELA) are the result of a collaborative effort between state departments of education, teachers, experts in a wide array of fields, and professional organizations. The standards allow students to become increasingly proficient in navigating and integrating literacy skills using fiction and nonfiction texts in all disciplines in a steady progression, leading to college and career readiness by the end of high school.
Next Generation Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards--NGSS are distinct from prior science standards in that they integrate three dimensions (Practices, Crosscutting, Concepts, and Core Ideas) within each standard and have intentional connections across standards. To provide guidance and clarification to user, the writers have created a system architecture that highlights the standards as well as each of the three integral dimensions and connections to other grade bands and subjects.
The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards
A Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education Policy Brief, October, 2012
This brief examines the Common Core State Standards and their implications for Linked Learning, an innovative high school reform approach in California that prepares students for college and career by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside of school. This brief aims to address the ways in which the common standards align with and can be adopted by Linked Learning teachers, schools, and districts to ensure that all their students are ready for success in college, careers, and citizenship.
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