If you take away the honor roll, test scores, and athletic trophies, are there other ways to describe student success in high school and provide college admission offices with a more holistic view of their applicants?

In Episode 8 of Upgraded by Hobsons, launching today, we talk to child psychologist Madeline Levine about how to support all students as individuals so they can find the best-fit path after high school and Hobsons’ partners at the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) about the importance of holistic admissions in higher education. Plus, we learn about Latina girls learning to be the coders of the future, and hear from college students who gain a new perspective by taking regular field trips -- to prison.

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In this episode, you’ll hear about:

Redefining Success: How we define success for children can actually be harmful, says Dr. Madeline Levine, a clinical psychologist and the co-founder of “Challenge Success,” a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. We caught up with Levine after her keynote speech at this summer’s Naviance Summer Institute.

Holistic Admissions: There is more to a student than her grades. This is the philosophy that drives holistic admissions. But just how far does that go? And does everyone have the same idea about what holistic admissions even means? Melissa Clinedinst, associate director of research with NACAC, discusses her research.

Latina Girls Code: Inspired by the serious gap between female minorities and the technology industry, “Latina Girls Code” has one goal: Show Latina girls (and others) the allure of computer programming, science, and engineering. And then, let them rule the world.

Digital Learning: Chalkboards, pull-down maps, and overhead projectors … it wasn’t long ago that these things were the standard tools for classroom learning. But with the Internet revolutionizing the way we learn, digital learning tools are introducing radical changes inside and outside the classroom.

Weird 101: Prison Storytelling: Experiential learning is all the rage, but students in this innovative college course gain exposure to real life and real people -- in prison.

Powerful Teachers: In our popular “Teachers You’ll Never Forget” series, Hobsons’ Susan Hallenbeck, Ph.D., describes how she and her high school home-ec teacher made a connection.

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