for K–12 education leaders

When every student has the opportunity to discover their passions, learning means more. Linked Learning is a proven, systemic approach to college and career preparation that creates opportunities for students to grow through real work experiences. School takes on new relevance and motivates students to succeed—in postsecondary education and the workforce—following high school.

A standard for excellence and equity

Linked Learning works. And the positive outcomes are amplified for students with low prior achievement entering ninth grade.

Research shows that Linked Learning students:

Are less likely to drop out and more likely to graduate

Earn more credits by the end of high school

Build the mindsets and skills to thrive

“Linked Learning has become more than an approach to learning, it’s now the way we do high school. Through Linked Learning, we have driven positive, systemic change across our schools.”
David Vierra, Superintendent, Antelope Valley Union High School District


Linked Learning is animated by the power of plus. It prepares students for college and career by integrating rigorous academics, career technical education, work-based learning, and comprehensive support services. These elements are all delivered through a career-themed pathway tuned to a local industry sector.

Linked Learning is not a program. It’s an approach that secondary schools of all types adopt and adapt to benefit their students and communities.


Establishing a high-quality Linked Learning pathway is an investment that yields tangible outcomes for students. Research shows that the approach works best when participating districts and schools have:

  • A clear, shared vision and commitment to Linked Learning
  • Leaders who have responsibility, authority and time to guide strategy
  • Support for pathway leads and teachers who design and manage an integrated curriculum
  • Attention to equity to serve a diversity of students
  • Staff and structures to support work-based learning

Stay Connected

Life comes to school

See how students, parents, and educators describe Linked Learning.

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


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

Featured Research

Access & Equity in Linked Learning

A Report on Pathway Access and Academic Outcomes for Traditionally Underserved Students

March 2017 | SRI International
Linked Learning and Postsecondary Transitions

A Report on the Early Postsecondary Education Outcomes of Linked Learning Students

October 2017 | SRI International
The Linked Learning Advantage

21st Century Skills Development

September 2017 | Linked Learning Alliance

Ways to get involved

Educators can learn more about Linked Learning by participating in:

  • An “Introduction to Linked Learning” webinar
  • A site visit to see Linked Learning in practice
  • A regional convening or national Linked Learning Institute event

Let's Talk

Contact Dan Storz, Senior Director, K–12 Engagement, to explore ways your school district, county, or charter can benefit students, employers, and communities through Linked Learning.