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AB 790 Linked Learning Pilot Program

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is accepting applications from local educational agencies (LEAs) for the Assembly Bill 790 Linked Learning Pilot Program to implement districtwide Linked Learning pathways. Linked Learning delivers an academically challenging course of study that focuses students on a self-selected career pathway; engages students in project-based classroom activity; and provides a supportive school climate through small learning communities. Linked Learning courses of study include job-specific content and work-based learning opportunities in order to build a better educated workforce.


Local educational agencies
Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) must be: A California school district, direct-funded charter school, or county office of education serving grades nine through twelve or may also be a consortium of school districts serving grades nine through twelve having established agreements to offer Linked Learning for students attending their high schools; committed to implementing Linked Learning as a districtwide high school option, as defined in the Request For Application (RFA); a Planning, Implementation, or Mentor LEA, as defined in the RFA.
Not applicable
Grade Level(s)
9, 10, 11, 12
Age Level(s)
Not applicable


California Education Code Section 52372.7 (Chapter 616, Statutes of 2011)
Source / Type Local / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2012-13
SACS Resource/
Revenue Codes
0000 / 0000
Total Available Unavailable
See Allocation Formula
Allocation Formula Assembly Bill 790 did not appropriate any funds to support the Pilot Program. However, incentives for LEAs include various forms of CDE technical assistance, which may include: Guidance on state and federal programs and funding including California Partnership Academies, Regional Occupational Centers and Programs, Carl D. Perkins Act funding, etc; Webinars and live seminars; identification and development of business and higher education partners; providing best practices to overcome implementation barriers; and customized assistance. Additional incentives provided by the CDE may include: Assistance in pursuing existing State Superintendent of Public Instruction waiver authority; any waivers granted by the State Board of Education; priority access, when possible and appropriate, to the CDE-awarded funding and other opportunities; University of California Curriculum Integration Institute symposia and CDE-sponsored conferences; participation and pre-conference sessions within the Educating for Careers Conference; benefit of regional partnerships among LEAs and stakeholders; offer referrals to pilot LEAs to access any resource in or outside California that might provide a solution to an implementation barrier or a model program for replication; and provide assistance on use of after school and other out-of-school time programs, service learning, guidance and counseling, support services, and other programs that expand pathway offerings.

Important Dates

September 11, 2012
Due Date November 30, 2012
Notification Date
December 31, 2012

Additional Information

Background Unavailable
Fiscal Unavailable
Other Follow RFA instructions to complete electronic and hard copy submissions of application by November 2, 2012.


Program Darrell Parsons
Phone : 916-319-0481
E-mail :
Fiscal Darrell Parsons
Phone : 916-319-0481
E-mail :
Division Career & College Transition Division
Phone : 916-319-0893
Fax : 916-319-0163

Last Modified: September 24, 2012

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