Linked Learning in California Serves the Whole Student
"Jason” was the kind of ninth grader his teachers reluctantly identified as someone on the “prison track.” A boy with a troubled past, he was constantly putting himself in danger of arrest through his frequent acts of graffiti. But when John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA, adopted a new approach to delivering pedagogy called “Linked Learning,” all that changed. Through the coordinated courses he started taking in the school’s Arts, Entertainment, and Media Academy, Jason realized he had a valuable talent that could be channeled to more productive purposes. Now a senior, the teen is earning awards and even making money with his art—which is no longer defacing public property. What’s more, through a field-based internship and other learning experiences in his pathway, he’s learning a range of practical and creative skills that can help him prepare both for college and a career success.