The California State University received a $1 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation to prepare teachers skilled in Linked Learning, a teaching approach that blends academics with career-based learning and real-world experience.
The grant will fund a project that aims to prepare and certify teachers in Linked Learning—thereby enhancing high school students’ college and career success.
Research shows that Linked Learning contributes to academic achievement, improved attendance and graduation rates in both high school and college, and greater career and life skills. Students participate in cross-disciplinary projects and many graduate high school with college credits and recognized industrial certifications.
The grant will help expand the CSU’s existing Linked Learning teacher preparation by creating a counselor certification and a master’s degree with a specialization in Linked Learning. The project will also enhance knowledge about Linked Learning through research that will identify key factors for successful implementation and outcomes.
The CSU is a leader when it comes to preparing teachers for Linked Learning. Through previous Irvine Foundation support, the CSU established a model of clinical teacher preparation in Linked Learning for future high school teachers.
Two years ago, the CSU received a $1.5 million grant from the Irvine Foundation to create the CSU Collaborative for the Advancement of Linked Learning—a statewide consortium of CSU campuses to develop new teachers, counselors and administrators as leaders in Linked Learning in regions throughout California.
The CSU is recognized as a national leader in preparing highly qualified teachers. The CSU is California’s and the nation’s largest producer of teachers, with a yearly average of 6,500 completing the program and earning a California Teaching Credential.
About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 47,000 faculty and staff and more than 460,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California Community Colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 100,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU at CSU Social Media.