for funders

Linked Learning advances excellence and equity in education—and this innovation has been demonstrated at scale. Because it combines the power of college and career preparation, and works at a systems level, Linked Learning is embraced as the high school approach of choice for a growing number of districts and communities.

Since 2009, educators, employers, and civic and philanthropic leaders have been working together to make engaging, high-quality learning experiences available to all young people through Linked Learning.

advancing interests

Linked Learning’s relevance to students and proven outcomes appeal to a range of grantmakers, including those committed to:

  • Education (K–12 and postsecondary)
  • Youth and family development
  • Workforce readiness
  • Community and economic growth
  • Social justice


Rigorous, independent evaluation shows that Linked Learning leads to greater achievement and persistence in school for all students. The effects are pronounced for students with low prior achievement entering ninth grade, for African American students, and for English learners.

In just over a decade, Linked Learning has grown from a California experiment to a burgeoning national movement.


Linked Learning Alliance launches to build field


Linked Learning approach is demonstrated and refined in 9 districts


State of California invests $2B in statewide Linked Learning expansion


Linked Learning pathways are active across 18 states and counting

Certification helps ensure Linked Learning is implemented with high quality. Students benefit from—and take pride in—pathways that are recognized with Gold Certification.

Linked Learning Gold Pathway

Our goal: One million young people in Gold certified Linked Learning pathways by 2030.

Driving quality, expansion, and sustainability

The Linked Learning Alliance joins with funders to advance four core strategies developed with the Linked Learning field.

Expand in high schools: Building on success to gain adoption of Linked Learning in more school districts serving student groups underrepresented in college and high-wage careers.

Bridge the gap to postsecondary: Increasing the number of college and K–12 district partnerships and helping students navigate transitions to higher education and earn postsecondary degrees.

Engage employers in work-based learning: Attracting more business partners to grow the diverse pipeline of skilled workers that regional economies need.

Influence national adoption: Sharing knowledge and helping local communities, state and federal agencies, and other key stakeholders identify and establish policies that support high-quality college and career pathways.


Naomi Post, Head of U.S. Community-Based Programs at The Atlantic Philanthropies, discusses the foundation's major investment to expand Oakland Unified School District's Linked Learning program and provide opportunities for young people to pursue health care professions in Alameda County.

Let's Talk

Contact Roneeta Guha, Vice President, Strategy and Impact, to explore ways your grantmaking can fuel equity and excellence in education, with demonstrated benefits to students, employers, and communities through Linked Learning.