The CSU Linked Learning Community was established with the leadership located at CSU Long Beach in December 2013. The Community has included participation from such campuses as CSU East Bay, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, CSU San Bernardino, San Diego State University, and CSU Sacramento. Participating campuses were chosen strategically for the attention to Linked Learning regionally and their previous work in Linked Learning educator preparation. Each campus has a Linked Learning educator preparation plan tailored to its specific situation.
CSU Long Beach completed its infusion of content in Linked Learning Principles and practices across its single subject credential program a number of years ago. Annually, it graduates secondary candidates proficient in Linked Learning in all secondary credential fields. In addition to introducing all candidates to Linked Learning principles and practices among other curriculum models, offers an advanced preparation in Linked Learning for educational leaders who seek a deeper understanding through its Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership. This includes opportunities for conducting dissertation research on Linked Learning, an approach includes opportunities for conducting dissertation research on Linked Learning, an approach CSULB has also extended to other campuses. The CSU Ed.D. dissertation research is characterized by its practice-based focus and has included studies of the implementation and outcomes associated with Linked Learning.
CSU East Bay had taken a coordinated approach to implementing Linked Learning preparation across its single subject credential, Educational Administration credential, and School Counselor credential programs. CSU East Bay had also infused Linked Learning content into its Educational Administration credential program. School counselors had proven to be vital parts of Linked Learning’s success, and because of its especially strong program, CSU East Bay has been designated to develop curriculum for the preparation of school counselors in Linked Learning.
CSU Fresno maintains effective partnerships with Linked Learning pathways throughout the Central Valley. Single subject credential candidates are student teaching in Porterville Unified School District, and many more engage in early fieldwork there. The Educational Administration credential program had cohorts studying Linked Learning pathways in Visalia Unified School District and has established a Leadership Academy for Linked Learning in Porterville. CSU Fresno continues to develop placements and other collaborative activities with the Fresno and Clovis school districts.
CSU Los Angeles had established Linked Learning sites in Los Angeles Unified School District. It developed partnerships with Linked Learning sites in the District where student teaching placements and residencies are offered. It also involved its Educational Administration, School Counseling, and School Psychologist programs. Linked Learning work is coordinated with its STEM-focused five-year neatly $9 million Federal Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant.
CSU Northridge continues to engaging Burbank USD and Glendale USD, recipients of a Career Pathways Partnership Trust (CPPT) grant, in professional development. CSU Northridge also continues to work with Linked Learning Coordinator in Los Angeles Unified to provide collaborative professional development for campus teacher education and district faculty. The partnership grew significantly with the award to CSU Northridge of a $3 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant with LAUSD focused on the Common Core State Standards in Math (CCSS-M).
CSU San Bernardino incorporated its single subject credential program coursework with Linked Learning principles and practices as it provides professional development in Linked Learning for program faculty. The campus continues to work with Hesperia and Apple Valley Unified School Districts. Future plans include partnerships with Chaffey Joint, Colton, San Bernardino City, and with Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School Districts.
San Diego State University works with San Diego Unified School District and Grossmont Union High School District to connect Linked Learning pathways with university degree programs, with a particular focus on engineering. A unique feature of the program had placed Linked Learning cohort members in Student Teacher Externships to enable them to develop an understanding of how their discipline is used in the world of work. San Diego State University have special role in offering the online Linked Learning Certificate Program, a fully approved graduate certificate program.