“[Career/Workplace] Linked learning represents the future of the American High School” – Milton Chen, Senior Fellow, Edutopia

I just finished watching a webinar that was hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education on December 12, 2011.  The title of the discussion was “Expanded Learning Opportunities:  A More Comprehensive Approach to Preparing High School Students for College and a Career.”

Participants in the webinar were:

Martha Ferguson Vice President of Policy for the Alliance for Excellent Education
Jeannie Oakes Director, Educational Opportunity and Scholarship Programs for the Ford Foundation
Brad Stam Vice President, ConnectEd:  The California Center for College and Career
Elliot Washor Cofounder and Codirector, Big Picture Learning
Milton Chen Senior Fellow, Edutopia

To quote from the webinar…

Expanded learning opportunities may include:

  • Providing high school students with work-based learning experiences that provide a sense of relevance to core content and often benefit students late in their careers.
  • Utilizing technologies that allow students to access the teaching and learning experiences during nontraditional school hours.
  • Providing personalized learning opportunities that are developed and tailored based on a student’s unique needs and strengths
  • Allowing room for support services that enable more students to stay in school when faced with social, economic or medical problems.

Please tune in for some good discussion on how experiences outside the classroom are fostering engagement and authentic learning for all students.

Some references mentioned in the webinar include:

Big Picture Learning.  http://www.bigpicture.org/

Bloom, B. (1985).  Developing Talent in Young PeopleBallantine.

Laurel Sosniak.

The California Center for College and Career. http://connectedcalifornia.org/

Video of Anna Sical from Construction Tech Academy, San Diego (Mentioned by Milton Chen in the webinar)

 

 http://connectedvideo.s3.amazonaws.com/swf/flowplayer-3.2.7.swf

Mark Prensky page at Amazon.com

International Education and Research Network http://www.iearn.org/

Mark Prensky page at Amazon.com

International Education and Research Network http://www.iearn.org/

4H Techwizards program http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-tech-wizards-video

National Summer Learning Association http://www.summerlearning.org/

Generation Schools Network http://www.generationschools.org/

ConnectEd Studios http://www.connectedstudios.org/

BetterAt  http://better.at/about

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