Cotton Honored by UVA Curry School

Cotton Honored by UVA Curry School

April 27, 2018

Dr. Jared Cotton, Superintendent of Henry County Public Schools, was awarded the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award at UVA’s Curry School of Education on Thursday. The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award is an annual recognition for practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by UVA leaders for the work we do each day in Henry County. Our ongoing efforts to ensure that the administrators across our division are equipped to support student success by transforming leadership practices through collaborative professional learning communities is challenging each of us to seek new ways to inspire hope in our school community on a daily basis,” said Cotton.

Each year, the UCEA Executive Committee invites member university faculties to select a distinguished school administrator who has an exemplary record of supporting school administrator preparation efforts. This is an unusual award in that it affords national recognition, but the recipients are selected by individual universities. It provides a unique mechanism for UCEA universities to recognize the contributions of practitioners to the preparation of junior professionals.

“The award is presented annually by the University of Virginia on behalf of UCEA to recognize educational leaders in Virginia who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation,” said Dr. David Eddy-Spicer, UCEA Plenum Representative, adding, “The faculty of the Administration and Supervision Program Area, Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School were unanimous and enthusiastic in nominating Dr. Cotton for this national recognition.”

In addition to serving the students of Henry County, Cotton serves as a UVA SCOPE (Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence) leadership development instructor. He also teaches educational leadership courses for James Madison University and has previously taught leadership and educational technology courses through Cambridge College, George Washington University, and Troy University.  

He has served as a mentor for aspiring superintendents through AASA's Aspiring Superintendent Academy and has been a presenter for the Regional Aspiring Administrators program through Virginia Tech, ConnectED Educational Leaders, Virginia Association of School Superintendents, Virginia Association for Curriculum Development, Virginia School Boards Association, and other conferences across the state in areas related to student assessment, high school redesign, innovation, and 1:1 technology use.

“It is our ardent hope that Dr. Cotton will continue his efforts to improve this profession, collaborating with university faculty, other practicing school leaders and professional organizations throughout the 50 states,” said Dr. Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director.

Pictured in the photo are Dr. Pamela D. Tucker, Senior Associate Director of UCEA, UVA professor of education, Coordinator of the UVA Administration and Supervision program; Dr. Michelle D. Young, Executive Director of UCEA, UVA Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy; Dr. Jared Cotton, HCPS Superintendent; Mrs. Joanna Cotton; Dr. David Eddy-Spicer, UCEA Plenum Representative, UVA Associate Professor of Leadership, Foundations and Policy.


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