Linked Learning

LL IconLinked Learning is an educational approach that combines rigorous academics with hands-on learning and the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences.


What does Linked Learning Look Like?

  •  Field trips to colleges/universities
  • Involvement in college awareness activities
  •  Career presentations


Students Learn About Interests
  • Research into possible pathways and high schools
  • Exploration of personal interests and how they align with potential careers
  • Field trips to colleges/universities


Students Learn Through Work
  • Personalized instruction in their chosen pathway
  • Site visits to colleges/universities and industry/business partners
  • Career-based courses to give students a head start
  • Opportunities to work in the field related to their pathway (work-based learning)
  •  Apprenticeships and internships

See more about how schools are focusing the work of their Linked Learning pathways: FIRST+FIVE

See a description of the roles involved in making Linked Learning a success: Pathway Personnel

Four Components of Linked Learning Houston

Rigorous academics. The academic component of Linked Learning Houston includes college preparatory English language arts, mathematics, science, history, and foreign language courses.

Real-world technical skills. A challenging technical component of three or more courses that help students gain the knowledge and skills that can give them a head start on a successful career.

Work-based learning. A series of work-based learning opportunities that begin with mentoring and job shadowing and evolve into intensive internships, school-based enterprises, or virtual apprenticeships.

Personalized supports. Support services including counseling and supplemental instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics that help students master the academic and technical learning



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