California State University, Long Beach
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Irvine Foundation Grant Supports CSU Linked Learning Consortium

Published: January 15, 2014

CSULB will receive nearly $1 million as the lead campus in a California State University (CSU) initiative designed to prepare educators who are proficient in Linked Learning, an educational approach that helps high school students find seamless pathways to bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields such as engineering and health sciences.

The funds are part of a $1.5 million James Irvine Foundation grant awarded to the CSU system.

CSULB will provide leadership to a statewide consortium of CSU campuses as they develop new teachers, counselors and administrators in regions throughout California as leaders in Linked Learning pathways. Additionally, through the grant, CSULB will assist the other campuses in planning doctoral student research and evaluation that provide data to local educators about Linked Learning reforms.

“Cal State Long Beach is pleased to lead this effort and is very grateful to the James Irvine Foundation for its ongoing support of this major initiative to reform secondary education,” said Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, dean of CSULB’s College of Education.

Linked Learning integrates strong academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences. This allows students to apply classroom knowledge in real-world situations and makes it more relevant to their lives and aspirations.

Students demonstrate learning through authentic, cross-disciplinary projects and many graduate high school with significant college credits and recognized industrial certifications. Research reveals that Linked Learning contributes to academic achievement, improved attendance and graduation rates in both high school and college, and greater skills for career and life.

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“The funding from this grant will be instrumental in the development of new educational leaders who are versed in the Linked Learning approach,” said Ephraim P. Smith, CSU’s executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “This new wave of educators, along with the programs being established, will lead to new levels of engagement, persistence and success for California’s students.”

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grant-making foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The foundation’s grant-making focuses on three program areas—arts, California democracy and youth. Since 1937 the foundation has provided more than $1.3 billion in grants to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $1.7 billion in assets, the foundation made grants of $67 million in 2012 for the people of California.

For more information on Linked Learning: www.connectedcalifornia.org/linked_learning.

–Rick Gloady