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Redefining Ready is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community exploring innovative topics, ideas, strategies, and philosophies in the evolving world of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are leaders in their fields who constantly seek to learn from others, collaborate, and apply their own experiences to truly distill best practices in the world of college and career readiness.

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Redefining Ready is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community exploring innovative topics, ideas, strategies, and philosophies in the evolving world of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are leaders in their fields who constantly seek to learn from others, collaborate, and apply their own experiences to truly distill best practices in the world of college and career readiness.

    Robin Murphy and Mindy Willard: Innovate Fearlessly

    Robin Murphy and Mindy Willard: Innovate Fearlessly

    Listen in as Mindy Willard and Robin Murphy from Madison Metropolitan School District join the program to share the innovative ways they’re engaging their students and customizing graduation pathways to set students up for postsecondary success. Madison takes a holistic and community approach to exposing students to different career options. Work-based learning is a major emphasis in Madison, and the district partners with community and industry leaders to provide opportunities for students to connect their learning to real-world careers. Additionally, Madison’s academic pathways allow students to specialize their studies around particular areas of focus that they are engaged and passionate about. Robin and Mindy also discuss how the district emphasizes portfolio creation and presentation, where students compile their learning into presentations that are then delivered to school and community leaders. Exciting stuff is certainly happening at Madison Metropolitan … listen in for more!

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    Susan Hill: Owning the Responsibility

    Susan Hill: Owning the Responsibility

    Listen in as Susan Hill, Director of College and Career Readiness at the School District of University City (Missouri) joins the program to discuss the “to and through” culture that University City has built around college and career readiness. At every level, University City consciously designs their curriculum and counseling framework through the lens of postsecondary preparation. Susan believes it is the job of all educators to “own the responsibility” when it comes to exposing students to postsecondary pathways and helping students align their interests to a pathway of best fit. A racially and socioeconomically diverse district, University City’s commitment to their students does not end with graduation, and Susan and her team meticulously track student success six years out from high school - continually offering support and using the data to fine tune the district’s approach. At University City, they own the responsibility at every level, try and remove barriers that may stand between their students and ultimate life success, and then let students’ natural grit and resilience come to the fore and carry them through.

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    Bernardo Garrido - Instilling a "College Going" Mindset

    Bernardo Garrido - Instilling a "College Going" Mindset

    Listen in as Bernardo Garrido, Director of College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) at Jubilee Academies discusses how Jubilee has been able to instill a “college going culture” in its students that has led to a tremendous postsecondary track record of success for Jubilee graduates. A “college going culture” and district-wide focus on postsecondary success doesn’t just happen on its own, and Jubilee has worked deliberately to create this mindset among its students and various levels of support staff. A K - 12 charter district, Jubilee is very intentional about exposing students to career clusters and professional opportunities at various age levels so that by the time students enter high school, forming a Personal Graduation Plan is relatively straightforward because students have already done a significant amount of thinking and planning regarding the graduation pathway they want to pursue. Bernardo and Rob talk about how Jubilee’s partnership with SchooLinks helps counselors individualize their guidance for students, and how critically important it is for counselors and educators to lead with enthusiasm and provide positive mentorship for students.

    • 32 min
    Don Haddad: School Leadership in Today's Hyper-connected Reality

    Don Haddad: School Leadership in Today's Hyper-connected Reality

    During these unprecedented times, St. Vrain Valley School District has held their expectations around academic achievements and student outcomes steady. The district has engaged 98.7% of its students through a full spectrum of online learning channels with the help of the community, hardworking staff, and supportive families. In this episode, Superintendent Dr. Don Haddad discusses the secrete sauce behind their high engagement rates and their preparations for what the next school year will bring.

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    Steve Sarsany - It Takes a Village!

    Steve Sarsany - It Takes a Village!

    Steve Sarsany, lead High School Counselor from Beecher 200U in Illinois joins the program to talk about the importance of a data driven counseling process and connecting with community organizations to expose students to different postsecondary pathways. Beecher’s program thrives on inter departmental collaboration to understand each student on an individual level. Through a collaborative team approach, Beecher is able to customize their counseling to meet each student where he or she is at and help each student follow their passions to find the best fit path after high school.

    • 22 min
    Brian Mathieson and Morgan Parker: Creating a Culture of Enthusiasm around Postsecondary Success

    Brian Mathieson and Morgan Parker: Creating a Culture of Enthusiasm around Postsecondary Success

    Listen in as Brian Mathieson and Morgan Parker join the program to talk about the culture of enthusiasm they have built around College and Career Readiness at Vancouver Public Schools. Vancouver takes a collaborative approach to the process with counselors and career specialists partnering to tailor their counseling to meet individual learners where they are. Following the motto of Enroll, Enlist, Employ, there is a postsecondary path out there for every student that should fall into one of those buckets. As the labor market is changing around us, success can no longer be defined simply by the percentage of students who are attending four year universities after high school. Communicating the abundant postsecondary possibilities to the entire school community is a constant process. So much more to this conversation! Listen in for more!

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