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The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.

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The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.

    Justin Aglio, Growth Mindset + Open Learning = Innovation

    Justin Aglio, Growth Mindset + Open Learning = Innovation

    Justin Aglio, Director of Innovation and K-4 Academic Achievement, joins us to talk about how the core values of Montour School District create a culture of teacher autonomy and student-centered learning. To better understand learner needs, the district engages in challenge discovery and student shadowing. As a result of this engagement, MSD has structured its schools to encourage exploratory learning and even allows for 40 minutes of unstructured time for teachers to instruct on any topic of their choosing. MSD’s culture also pushes self-discovery and agency through calculated risk-taking and the adoption of growth mindsets.

    • 34 min
    Brianna Kleinschmidt, Changing from How to Wow

    Brianna Kleinschmidt, Changing from How to Wow

    In this episode, Brianna Kleinschmidt, Principal of Benicia High School, discusses the power of changing from how to wow. This approach has defined her work at BHS as she has managed to integrate technology and other impactful resources without letting funding get in the way. She describes the power of servant leadership, community partnerships and school system collaboration to help her students become more college and career ready. We also discuss the importance of helping students with self-discovery before doing college and career matching. Listen in to hear our conversation about college brand bias and how it can be a barrier to students finding colleges that make the most sense for them.

    • 42 min
    Daniel Smith, Autonomy with integrity

    Daniel Smith, Autonomy with integrity

    This episode features Dr. Daniel Smith, Principal of Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach. Growth mindset pervades Dr. Smith’s work as he seeks to learn from both other school systems and his own students. With respect to his students, the school engages them in constant conversation for the strategic purpose of creating a shared vision and to better provide learning experiences that are relevant to their experiences. In terms of college and career readiness, Dr. Smith believes that developing the right mindsets in his students is more important just the act of providing resources. He is also seeking to empower his teachers through the autonomy with integrity approach.

    • 30 min
    Dr. Lynn Moody, An Old School-New School Approach

    Dr. Lynn Moody, An Old School-New School Approach

    This episode features Dr. Lynn Moody, Superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury School System in Salisbury, North Carolina. Dr. Moody’s present work centers on 3 critical actions -
    Building relationships
    Learning students’ passions and interests
    Tailoring instruction around those passions and interests
    Dr. Moody has the courage to bluntly discuss the harsh realities of our education system through the lens of low-income students who have to overcome the pressures of poverty on the path to developing college-going confidence. We discuss philosophical differences with prioritizing standardized testing metrics over student self-discovery, as well as honoring the unique values and goals of individual communities. As part of the conversation, we also talk about how parental expectations for their students’ education is sometimes clouded by their own experiences in school. Combining an old school approach of valuing teaching over testing with the new school reality that tech helps her students move forward, Dr. Moody is focused on transforming outcomes while honoring the individualism of each RSS student.

    • 21 min
    Irma Venegas & Allison Ohle, SWAG: Students with a Goal

    Irma Venegas & Allison Ohle, SWAG: Students with a Goal

    This episode features Irma Venegas, Director of KIPP Through College (KTC) in San Diego and Allison Ohle, Executive Director of KIPP San Diego. Irma and Allison are focused on providing students at KIPP San Diego’s Adelante Preparatory Academy the guidance they need to persist through high school and onto college. That work focuses on building college-going mindsets and confidence in Adelante grads through college major and career interest discovery and the development of individualized education plans. At the same time, KIPP San Diego is working to empower parents in the college readiness journey through workshops and by simply treating parents as invaluable partners. Listen in as they also describe the SWAG program that provides soft skills development and mentorship opportunities to their KIPPsters.

    • 27 min
    Dr. Tim Bobrowski, Why Can't We Do This?

    Dr. Tim Bobrowski, Why Can't We Do This?

    This episode features Dr. Tim Bobrowski, the Superintendent of Owsley County School District in Booneville, Kentucky. As Dr. Bobrowski discusses, the push for innovation within OCSD has been largely spurred by a simple but powerful question?—?“why can’t we do this?” 
    This question is especially powerful within the economically depressed, rural area in which OCSD resides. As a League of Innovative Schools member and Kentucky-designated District of Innovation School, much of Dr. Bobrowski’s work has focused on implementing a 24/7 digital learning plan that empowers his students to learn at all times while building the college mindsets and confidence needed to get to and through college. Listen in as he also describes the impact that has been realized in OCSD by switching from textbooks to open educational resources (OER).

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

Mdisc ,

How do they get such great guests on the show?!

Hearing folks like Mike Feinberg - real national education leaders talk about college access and preparation is awesome.

Great substantive discussion for anyone who cares about educating students, education equity, and the future of higher ed+ career readiness. Useful as professional development material for counselors, principles, teachers - event parents.

bryantsava ,

Great resource for educators!

Loved getting perspectives from different educators. The content is great!

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