Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Kearny High Hosts Linked Learning News Conference on Thursday

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, Oct. 22, 2013


Reporters and editors: See below for a news conferece at 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Kearny High Educational Complex, organized by
the Linked Learning Alliance, a Sacramento-based group. Your attendance is
welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Hilary McLean, Deputy
Director, Linked Learning Alliance, (916) 248-4848,

The detail on the San Diego event is below; for additional events around
the state, contact Hilary McLean at (916) 248-4848,

Located in Linda Vista, the Kearny High Education Complex is made up of
four high schools that use the linked learning approach. It combines
strong academics, career-based classroom learning, and real-world
workplace experience to help students gain an advantage in high school,
postsecondary education, and career. Students can choose among
industry-themed pathways in fields that include business, arts and media,
business, science and technology, and construction technology.

Jack Brandais | Communications Department | San Diego Unified School
District | (619) 725-5570 (Desk) | (619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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Linked Learning Fall Showcase to Highlight Region-Wide Linked Learning
Commitments, Partnerships of Schools and Businesses

Events and press conferences taking place at high schools across California

San Diego, CA ‹ Employer leaders, school district superintendents, and
state policymakers will host a set of events across the state to showcase
Linked Learning, celebrate the commitment to make Linked Learning
available to students across five regions, and highlight partnerships
between schools and employers to prepare California¹s future workforce for
job-rich economic sectors. Events will feature remarks from State
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, State Senate President
pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, State Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff,
and others.

Momentum is growing to expand the Linked Learning approach across
California. In January, 63 school districts and county offices of
education were selected to participate in a State Linked Learning Pilot
Program. Earlier this month, the State Superintendent of Public
Instruction and the California Community Colleges Chancellor announced $5
million for the Linked Learning Pilot sites, matched by a $2.5 million
grant from the James Irvine Foundation. The state budget recently signed
by Governor Jerry Brown included $250 million for the California Career
Pathways Trust, a grant program incentivizing collaboration between
schools and employers to support Linked Learning pathways and provide
work-based learning opportunities for students.

Reporters are invited to press conferences and to school visits at each
site, which will provide b-roll opportunities and illustrate what makes
the Linked Learning approach unique from other high school reform
initiatives. Each regional event will include a press conference featuring
high-level Linked Learning champions and students. For more information
about Linked Learning, please visit www.LinkedLearning.org.

Below is a detailed agenda of event opportunities for media.

San Diego Event
Thursday, Oct. 24.
Kearny High Educational Complex, Room 301. 7651 Wellington Way, San Diego,
CA 92111

9:15 a.m., Press conference with State Superintendent of Public
Instruction Tom Torlakson, employer leaders, and regional district

9:50 a.m., A student-led site visit of Kearny High School of Digital Media
Design and/or Kearny High School Construction Tech Academy with
opportunity for B-roll footage.

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