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Linked Learning Convention advances work-based learning in Oakland

On January 23–25, approximately 900 people gathered in Oakland, Calif. at the Linked Learning Convention to expand high quality linked learning opportunities for more young people. The conference welcomed elected officials, business and industry leaders, community-based organizations, post-secondary institutions, and K–12 educators and administrators invested in integrating rigorous academics with career-based learning and work-based learning experiences.

The convention included remarks from City of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, City of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Donna Wyatt, the director of the Career and College Transition Division of the California Department of Education, Dr. Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, the assistant vice chancellor, teacher of education and public school programs, and Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp, the chief operating officer of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

SDWP was highlighted in multiple sessions — on our innovative priority sector work, the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab collaboration, professional development, CONNECT2Careers and more.

The Linked Learning Alliance board is helping to shape the vision and priorities. Our CEO Peter Callstrom was elected to the board in 2016 alongside others representing state and public agencies, education, business, community, philanthropy and research, as well as parent and student representatives.

“Serving on their board is a unique opportunity to bridge education and workforce and to make deeper inroads into training and preparing our future workforce,” says Callstrom.

“Among the esteemed board members, Mayor Steinberg and [City of West Sacramento] Mayor Christopher Cabaldon are passionate advocates of this groundbreaking work,” adds Callstrom. “The Alliance’s work is central to our workforce mission and vision. As the Alliance is working hard to create meaningful high school experiences and pathways to college and career, our work is deeply intertwined.”

Watch this video capturing a day at the convention.

 

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