The Path to Higher Ed: Building College and Career Readiness

Episode 77

Dr. Jared Cotton, Valuing What We Measure vs. Measuring What We Value

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This episode features Dr. Cotton, the Superintendent for Henry County Public Schools in Collinsville, Virginia. Dr. Cotton shares insight into how his district is both tech-driven and student-driven at the same time. We discuss how technology can be a game changer in providing more equity in the college admissions process. His caveat is that technology has to be used at a high level in a way that allows for immediate and consistent feedback to students. He also strengthens student voice in the process by applying their feedback in decision-making around course offerings and relationship-building between teachers and students.

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