Lindsay High pathway earns silver certification

Linked Learning Alliance lists Lindsay’s Academy of Health Sciences as one of its newly Silver Certified pathways

LINDSAY – While schools work to reimagine education in the wake of COVID-19, efforts to provide meaningful college and career preparation continue across the state through pathway programs.

Earlier this month, the Linked Learning Alliance, which supports Linked Learning pathways across the country, announced five new pathways had achieved its Gold Certification and nine new pathways had achieved its Silver Certification. On June 1, Linked Learning announced Lindsay High School’s Academy of Health Sciences as one of its new Silver Certified pathways. The academy promotes health and wellness through the study of medicine, human anatomy, disease/injury prevention, and nutrition.

Linked Learning pathways integrate rigorous academics with technical coursework that is relevant to the needs of local employers, offer students work-based learning experiences aligned with their classes, and provide support services to help students graduate ready for entry into college and career. Certified Linked Learning pathways demonstrate their fidelity to the approach and commitment to the quality implementation associated with improved student outcomes.

“Certification is based on a series of standards identified by leaders in the Linked Learning field as crucial for improving student outcomes and preparing all students for college and career,” the alliance wrote in a released statement. “Districts seek certification from the Linked Learning Alliance to validate the quality of their college and career pathways. Pathways gain Silver Certification when they establish the core components of Linked Learning and achieve Gold Certification when they demonstrate high-quality implementation of these components and equitable opportunities for all students.”

Sanger High School’s Education and Child Development Pathway was the only other newly certified pathway outside of those in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Research by SRI International shows that Linked Learning benefits students in urban, rural, and suburban settings. Compared with their peers in traditional high school programs, students in quality Linked Learning pathways complete more college preparatory courses, are less likely to drop out of high school, and are more likely to graduate within four years. Students entering ninth grade with low achievement scores demonstrate greater academic success in certified Linked Learning pathways and are more likely to enroll in college immediately after high school. English language learners in certified Linked Learning pathways earn more credits than their peers in traditional high school programs. Among African American students and students with low prior achievement who enroll in college, those in Linked Learning are more likely to enroll in a four-year rather than a two-year institution.

“Like educators everywhere who are taking bold strides for their students in this moment, those leading Linked Learning pathways amid this pandemic understand the urgency of keeping their high schoolers linked—to their teachers and mentors in local industry, to experiences they can build on for their future and ours. Right now, many are collaborating with students and colleagues to innovate new ways of connecting,” said Anne Stanton, president of the Linked Learning Alliance. “This newest cohort of Gold and Silver Certified Linked Learning pathways is another sign of promise and persistence for our students.”

The Linked Learning Alliance is the hub for the Linked Learning movement. We serve a broad coalition of educators, employers, community organizations, and technical assistance providers that together bring Linked Learning to life for hundreds of thousands of young people. We inform and support their work and give it voice. The Alliance was established in May 2008 and incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) in July 2015.

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