The CSU Linked Learning Community was established with the leadership located at CSU Long Beach in December 2013. The Community includes participation from CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Los Angeles, and CSU Northridge, CSU San Bernardino, San Diego State University, and CSU Sacramento. Participating campuses were chosen strategically for their location as AB 790 regional hubs 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 in fall 2013. In spring 2014 it had 109 candidates earn credentials in the revised program. It will graduate nearly 150 secondary candidates proficient in Linked Learning in 2014-15. In addition to introducing all candidates to Linked Learning principles and practices among other curriculum models, it will offer an Advanced Linked Learning seminar in fall 2014 for those candidates who seek a deeper understanding. Its Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership has featured Linked Learning as a major area of dissertation research.
CSU East Bay takes a coordinated approach to implementing Linked Learning preparation across its single subject credential, Educational Administration credential, and School Counselor credential programs. CSU East Bay has also infused Linked Learning content into its Educational Administration credential program. School counselors have 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 has cohorts studying Linked Learning pathways in Visalia Unified School District and plans underway to establish a Leadership Academy for Linked Learning in Porterville. CSU Fresno is also working to develop placements and other collaborative activities with the Fresno and Clovis school districts.
CSU Los Angeles is working with Linked Learning sites in Los Angeles Unified School District. It has developed partnerships with Linked Learning sites in the District where student teaching placements and residencies are offered. It has also involved its Educational Administration, School Counseling, and School Psychologist programs. Its Linked Learning work is coordinated with its STEM-focused five-year neatly $9 million Federal Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant.
CSU Northridge began its project by engaging Burbank USD and Glendale USD, recipients of a Career Pathways Partnership Trust (CPPT) grant, in professional development. CSU Northridge is also working with the Linked Learning Coordinator in Los Angeles Unified to provide collaborative professional development for campus teacher education and district faculty. The partnership has been expanded 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 is actively revising its single subject credential program coursework to incorporate Linked Learning principles and practices as it provides professional development in Linked Learning for program faculty. The campus is working 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 is placing 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 also has a special role in offering the online Linked Learning Certificate Program, a fully approved graduate certificate program.
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CSU Long Beach
Dr. Jared R. Stallones
CSU East Bay
Dr. Jeanette Bicais
Dr. Nancy Akhavan
CSU Los Angeles
Dr. Fred Uy
Dr. Steve Holle
Dr. Stephanie Biagetti
CSU San Bernardino
Dr. Mark Groen
San Diego State University
Dr. Nancy Farnan
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