Information about the Linked Learning Curriculum

    The curriculum used in Linked Learning takes a different approach from traditional high school curricula. Students select a pathway based on their career interests and graduate from high school prepared to enter a two- or four-year college or university, an apprenticeship, or formal job training. The pathways reflect California’s largest economic industry sectors, ranging from health sciences and medical technology to arts, media, entertainment, and engineering, and law, among others.

    With a strong emphasis on  real-world industry themes, Linked Learning curriculum engages students through both challenging academic and demanding technical instruction. Academic curriculum addresses technical content, and technical curriculum intentionally incorporates academic standards. Teams including both academic and technical teachers collaborate to plan and implement these integrated project-based units throughout the year. The curriculum used is aligned with the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards as well as the various Academic Content Standards.

    Lessons designed around these career-oriented pathways combine rigorous academics with career-based learning, as well as real-world workplace learning opportunities in the field matching a student’s interests. For example, students in a building and engineering pathway might apply a geometry and algebra lesson by designing and building a structure. Those in an arts, media, and entertainment pathway might learn persuasive writing skills by developing business plans or learn creative writing skills by drafting scripts.

    Teachers collaborate with industry experts to plan and implement these integrated, project-based units throughout the year. For example, a science teacher might learn from their industry partner which topics students did not understand in practice and can adjust in class how those theories are taught. Likewise, the industry partner learns which theories to put in practice in the next project-based unit. This coordination helps students gain a greater depth of knowledge by applying connections in the classroom to relevant real-world professions.


    Teachers, principals, district superintendents, and school board members—are all invited to learn more about the approach, get involved in Linked Learning, and ensure that all students have access to high-quality Linked Learning options.

    Talk and collaborate with educators: Speak with other teachers and administrators at a school that offers Linked Learning in your area to find out why they love Linked Learning. Additionally, collaboration is a major component of Linked Learning. Whether your school already has a Linked Learning pathway or is thinking about starting one, other educators can help you integrate the Linked Learning approach into your instruction by sharing classroom ideas and materials, resources, and advice.
    Use ConnectEd resources: ConnectEd offers a variety of information for educators. Their website offers resources for teachers and administrators to help with identifying best practices, establishing a pathway, and obtaining Linked Learning teaching credentials. Their video library also features many examples of Linked Learning in action.


    If you are already active in the Linked Learning world, please promote Linked Learning; speak to district leaders and administrators, as well as business leaders, policymakers, and parents to encourage them to support these programs. Their involvement will ensure that teachers are able to help students reach their full potential in the Linked Learning approach.

    • The Linked Learning Alliance has prepared a number of valuable tools to help you communicate the Linked Learning message to a wide variety of stakeholders. Visit www.linkedlearning.org/get-involved/resources for more information.

    • Connect online: Be sure to connect with the Linked Learning Alliance online through Facebook (Linked Learning Alliance) and Twitter (@Linked_Learning) to get the latest updates. LinkedIn is also an invaluable tool for connecting you with other teachers and colleagues near and far. Using LinkedIn is one more way to learn more about Linked Learning and collaborate with other educators.