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A Conceptual Framework for Integrated Student Supports within Linked Learning Pathways

Stanford’s Gardner Center in partnership with the Center for Powerful Public Schools, ConnectEd and other Linked Learning partners and practitioners, have been studying the supports necessary for students to fully realize the benefits of Linked Learning and graduate high school ready for college and career success. They have developed a framework for advancing these supports through Linked Learning pathways—with a particular focus on providing equitable access to these pathways in alignment with effective strategies for creating and strengthening learning cultures of continuous improvement.

This field-based report introduces an approach to the design and implementation of a system of integrated student supports that provides equitable access to college and career readiness via Linked Learning pathways. Essential questions explored included the following:

  • What are the key domains of learning to achieve college and career readiness goals?
  • What do we mean by integrated student supports?
  • How might effective integrated student supports advance student learning and more equitable outcomes?

The Linked Learning Integrated Student Supports Framework is situated within the broadened learning demands of the Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the technical and workplace learning requirements of Linked Learning pathways.