About this episode

This conversation was fun and enlightening! I know Jeff pretty well, and it was obvious to me that he was giddy talking with Janet Godwin, the CEO of ACT, in this Leader Chat episode. Janet’s perspective may surprise you. Her view on the need for change in education and how we consider assessment results was refreshing. As the producer of the show, I try to ensure we keep our shows under a certain length of time. This was a difficult conversation to halt. These two passionate educational leaders could have talked for days.

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Janet Godwin, CEO, started at ACT in 1990. She spent her first years in test development and research before moving on to roles in information technology and operations, including director of client engagement, assistant vice president of contract operations, vice president of operations, and chief of staff and chief accountability officer. She served as chief operating officer from 2014 until she was appointed Interim CEO, before being named CEO in November 2020.

Janet has an MA in English from the University of Iowa and a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma. She has completed graduate work in Instructional Design and Technology and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Godwin serves on the board of MidWestONE Bank.  She was elected to the board of education of the Iowa City Community School District in September 2017 and served until January 2022. She is the past board president of the Iowa City Community School District Foundation and a former board member of Kirkwood Community College Foundation.

About Jeff Rose, Vice President of Leadership Development at Cognia
Forward-thinking executive leader with over 20 years of experience within education (3X Superintendent, Curriculum Director, Principal, & Classroom Teacher), primed to support leaders in their pursuit of solving the most complicated educational problems of practice.