Bernardo Garrido: Instilling a “College Going” Mindset

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.

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.

About Bernardo Garrido:

From Torreon, Coahuila Mexico. Studied Psychology, Social Work and Counseling The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley. Over the past 12 years, I’ve worked as a clinician, academic counselor, and administrator in the public sector. I have a passion for helping develop our country’s next doctors, attorneys, teachers, or soldiers. Through Jubilee’s focus on leadership and education excellence, our goal is to provide our students with the proper tools for post-secondary readiness. I believe in utilizing resources to maximize our student’s potential and helping them live a better quality of life.

About Jubilee Academies:

Jubilee Academies is a collection of charter schools in South Texas spanning grades K — 12 that focus on developing the whole person and strive to become fulfill their mission of becoming the premier choice in education. Through college, career, and military readiness at Jubilee, the goal is that all students take on a “college going” mindset where they are preparing themselves for a postsecondary pathway that will lead to a productive career.

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