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The Annenberg Institute's Marisa Saunders will present her research on linked learning at two upcoming, prestigious convenings:

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Cal State Long Beach

June 19-20, 2014
Saunders will share her research on linked learning implementation strategies -- what we have learned from the field -- at a convening of five California state universities at Cal State Long Beach (CSLB) on June 19-20. CSLB was recently the recipient of a nearly $1 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation to spearhead a state-wide center to train educators in “Linked Learning,” which combines traditional high school education with work-based instruction. The meeting’s purpose is to identify, share and develop ways for improving the implementation of a linked-learning approach in teacher preparation. 

Te Ara Whakamana, Wellington, New Zealand

June 30-July 1, 2014
Saunders will travel to Wellington, New Zealand, for the fourth national conference on linked learning (referred to as multiple pathways in New Zealand) and transitions where she will offer the U.S. perspective. The conference brings together K-12 and postsecondary practitioners and policymakers to discuss bridging/transition strategies.  Co-hosted by Ako Aotearoa -- the National Centre for Tertiary (post-secondary) Teaching Excellence -- and the Manukau Institute of Technology’s Centre for Studies in Multiple Pathways, the conference is entitled “Te Ara Whakamana,” Maori for “The Empowering Path.” The organizers emphasize that their objective is to support a system that allows all students the opportunity to move successfully from secondary to tertiary study (whether it’s a degree, diploma or certificate program), whatever their circumstances; and equally, to provide an environment that enables them to not just survive, but succeed on that pathway.