September 2016 Newsletter

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September 2016

News & Ideas for Building Thriving Communities

AUSD career fair

Focus on: Linked Learning

Linked Learning integrates learning in the classroom with “real-world” experiences based on four key components: rigorous academics, career and technical education (CTE), work-based learning, and student support. Linked Learning goes beyond existing CTE curricula to link education rigorous enough for college admissions with the hand’s on experience of CTE pathways, aiming to answer many high school students’ question of “why is this important to know now?” Linked Learning has proven to be a successful program over the years with significant increases in high school graduation rates and college readiness.

The success of a Linked Learning program relies on a public-private partnership – not only do these programs need support from the administrations, faculties, and students, but they need support from local employers in each of the pathways’ industries.  Matching students with internships and career-based jobs is instrumental to Linked Learning programs, and can be invaluable to California’s youth at a time when youth employment is at an historic low and the projected workforce skills gap is growing in many industry sectors. California’s unemployment rate for youth ages 16 – 19 is 19.6 percent, and for ages 20 – 24 is 9.9 percent, compared with an overall unemployment rate of 5.3 percent. These opportunities not only give high school students a chance to directly experience how their academics align with possible careers, but these students also have an opportunity to begin developing professional skills. 

Check out ALL IN's redesigned website! 

Over the past few months, ALL IN staff has been working with the Alameda County Information and Technology department to update and redesign the ALL IN website. Same web address, new look!  Our redesign features:

  • A calendar of events
  • Information on Action Teams
  • General and Steering Committee meeting minutes

In This Issue:

  • Focus On: Linked Learning
  • Early Childhood Education Update
  • Stuff to Do, Stuff to Read

Linked Learning OUSD

OUSD students at Life Academy taking part in the work-based learning component of Linked Learning.

State Budget Wins for Early Childhood Education

This June, the State of California made key investments in children, including a multi-year commitment of over $500 million to support quality child care. This coming year, nearly $138 million will be allocated to raise low reimbursement rates for child care and preschool providers. Additional funds will be used to expand the state preschool program by nearly 3,000 full-day slots with a commitment to add 6,000 more full-day slots by 2019 as well as a one-time investment of $1.4 million to support professional development for child care workers. 

Read and Watch

COMING SOON: 2016 Community Listening Sessions RFP

ALL IN will be releasing a Request for Proposals for this fall's Community Listening Sessions in the coming weeks.  The RFP will be distributed by e-mail and posted on the website. Please help us spread the word!