SACRAMENTO, CA – The Linked Learning Alliance today announced the 2016 Linked Learning Champion Award winners as Porterville Unified School District Director of Student Pathways Cynthia Brown was named Educator Champion. The Champion Awards recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment, leadership, and success in implementing and expanding quality Linked Learning opportunities for students in California. The winners will be honored at the Linked Learning Policy Convening on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.
“The 2016 Linked Learning Champions have made unique, sustained, and impactful contributions that are expanding and improving Linked Learning opportunities for students across grade spans and institutions,” said Darrell Steinberg, Chair of the Linked Learning Alliance Board of Directors. “These outstanding and influential leaders inspire and activate partners in the Linked Learning field to prioritize quality while expanding access to this approach so that more Linked Learning students can realize their full potential and prepare them for college, career and life.”
Cynthia Brown, Director of Pathways at Porterville Unified School District – Educator Champion
Cynthia Brown has been actively involved and instrumental with the implementation of Linked Learning and Pathways with the Porterville Unified School District. She began as a high school counselor when Linked Learning pathways were developed and has become the region expert that all school districts in the central valley and throughout California turn to with any questions. She serves as a mentor for the 10 high schools serving districts in the Tulare-Kings Innovate consortium funded under the California Career Pathways Trust grant program. Cynthia Brown also facilitates and helps lead professional learning and mentoring opportunities for Linked Learning educators across California and in other states.