Just Do It!

Author: Kim Alexander, CEO, Collegiate Edu-Nation My Granddad had a great influence on my life. He and my Grandmother raised two boys during the depression, and it resulted in him becoming what some would say “a very hard man”. His motto was “Better well done than well said-let’s get to work!” I remember that comment on a daily basis, and was reminded of …

4LeadershipDISes

Blog Author: Nelson Coulter Leaders have the responsibility of trying to make things better. Almost always, it’s a heavy lift. H ere’s one of my favorite definitions of leadership: The craft of moving others by influencing them to do things they would not do of their own accord, or at a pace which they would not undertake for themselves. Leaders who fail …

It’s All About the HEART-WORK!

Author: Shelly Slaughter, Cumby ISD Superintendent (Last read: LEAD…for God’Sake! by Todd G. Gongwer) “Love, Serve, Lead…#FindYourJoy”, this is something that I have thought about a lot over the past few years.  I have always touted myself as a servant leader, and still believe that my intention is to be a servant leader.  As I continue my readings and studying on leadership, and in …

A Lesson on Perseverance: My Life Story

Author: Dr. Gilbert Trevino, Superintendent, Floydada Collegiate ISD About ten years ago this March, the FISD board took a chance on a young administrator with zero years of superintendent experience and I appreciated the confidence the board had in me to take on this great responsibility of leading such an amazing district.  To be honest, after the first few weeks on the …

Influenced-er

Blog Author: Nelson Coulter Influence is an interesting dynamic. We can think of it as the act of impacting some sort of outcome through unobvious and often indirect means. The Earth is a physical body, yet it influences weather patterns, seasonal changes, celestial bodies beyond itself. The Sun is similar. While it is a finite physical body (in one sense), …

Clarity of Vision

Blog Author: Dr. Randy Burks, Superintendent, Hamlin Collegiate ISD “Clarity of vision will compensate for uncertainty in planning. If you are clear and confident about the destination, you can handle a few detours along the way. If you are unclear about the destination of the journey, even the most sophisticated, well-thought-through strategy is useless.” (from “Next Generation Leader” by Andy Stanley.) …

TheMeritMyth

Author: Nelson Coulter I recently read The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America by Anthony Carnevale, Peter Schmidt, & Jeff Strohl (2020). My top takeaways: Educational separation and sorting, by race and class, begins in kindergarten. College admissions and IQ standardized tests are inherently skewed to disfavor the non-privileged. “Enrollment management” processes used at elite universities ensure access …

The Power of Moments

Blog Author: Lupe Singh, Chief Schools Officer, Collegiate Edu-Nation At this time of the year, we usually start making remarks such as, “Where did the school year go?”.   When looking back at the school year, we usually define the year by events and seldom ever in meaningful positive moments. Try it! Hopefully, we all have positive memorable moments that can map out our school year. — …

Student Support Must Be Grounded in Relationship

Author: Andy Wilson, Superintendent, Roscoe Collegiate ISD In November, I attended a Zoom meeting with one of our P-TECH students who had a rough first semester. The student is capable of much greater academic success than what he had demonstrated.  In turn, each school employee softly admonished the student and vigorously encouraged him to implement a few supports that could turn his second …

Mindset

Author: Dr. Michelle Cline, Superintendent, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD I am currently reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Dr. Carol Dweck. This book is about how a simple belief in yourself guides you in all aspects of your life. Dweck states this belief actually permeates every aspect of your life. The two mindsets she speaks about are a growth mindset and a fixed …

BandwidthBumping

Author: Nelson Coulter Bandwidth is a term we have come to use with great frequency over the last 20 years.  We typically use it to describe the amount of capacity a system has for delivering/processing digital data. The more bandwidth you have in the system, the more capacity it has to receive, move, and process the digital information at hand. In …

ConsciousLeadership

Author: Nelson Coulter I recently read Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Businessby John Mackey, Steve McIntosh, and Carter Phipps (2020). This was an excellent read, detailing how leaders can approach the work of influencing others from a holistic mindset of improving the future through a triadic focus on environmental, social, and economic stewardship.  JM is the founder of Whole Foods and actively practices/encourages …