Dance in the Rain

Author: Dr. Tracy Canter, Superintendent Iraan-Sheffield Collegiate ISD As a traditional school leader, we were trained to “take charge” to have the answers and push forward with a smile on our face. Never let them see you sweat! What I have learned in my years of leadership, is that there is not just one way to lead; and the approach varies by the …

Picturing Grace

Author: Dr. Rachael McClain, Chief of Staff, Collegiate Edu-Nation Several years ago, I spent a good bit of time with 20 academically fragile high school students over the course of a school year while conducting research for my dissertation.  These 16-to-18-year-old students were all labeled as “potential at-risk” for dropping out of school.  And during our year that we spent together, several did, in …

Orgsolescence

Author: Nelson Coulter Organizations have always had lifespans, the inevitable cycle of growth and death. Just ask the Roman Empire, the Third Reich, Polaroid, Block Buster, Lucent, etc. if you doubt it. Organizational lifespan is shrinking as result of technology, information pervasiveness, and nimble competition. Organizational obsolescence — orgsolescence — occurs at a much quicker pace than at any time previously. …

Righteous Leadership

Author: Kelly Springfield, Instructional Coach for Collegiate Edu-Nation A few weeks ago I attended the lamb exhibition at a local stock show, and as I watched, I began to notice the leadership skills of the young exhibitioners. As each showperson circled the ring, the level of leadership was apparent and I noticed some specific characteristics in those who were obviously at the top …

Let’s Discuss The Rural Dilemma

Please join us as we tackle the challenges facing rural school districts and discuss opportunities to disrupt generational poverty, create meaningful educational experiences, and prepare students for in-demand jobs. Tuesday, February 1, 2022 1:30-3:00 pm Austin Marriott Downtown We’ve invited educational and industry leaders to take part in this panelist discussion. Working together, we will put rural on the map. Moderated by …

Why I am NOT done with Public Education…

Author: Dana Elmore, Director of Blended Learning, G/T Coordinator, and Instructional Coach, Roscoe Collegiate ISD A few weeks ago, my husband announced his resignation from his job as a high school principal, effective at the end of the year. He is making a career change and is planning to get completely out of public K-12 education. Since then, many people have asked …

Lifespan Healthspan

Author: Nelson Coulter There is a difference in lifespan and health span. Ideally, we seek to optimize both, squeezing all we can into and out of our lives, while remaining healthy for the whole journey. As leaders, we are directly responsible for the health and wellbeing of the organization – for the organization as a whole and for the members …

(dis)Engaged

Author: Nelson Coulter Engagement is a word that has come into the frequently used leadership lexicon. It’s a really good word, an even better concept, and an absolutely necessary skill for those of us in the business of influencing others. Some refer to it as “presence.” The level of trust others are willing to afford us is directly proportional to our …

Broadening

Author: Nelson Coulter   Our natural tendency, when feeling threatened, is to tighten, to hunker down, to narrow. The best leaders I know resist this temptation to “reduce” when faced with difficulties or crises. Instead, they seem to lean into the challenge (or challengers) by increasing engagement levels. They accomplish this sort of broadening by several means: They accelerate their curiosity and ramp …

FuelStops

Author: Nelson Coulter “Did you ever get so busy driving that you didn’t take time to stop and refuel?”  I once heard the late Stephen Covey pose that question to an interviewee. As was his habit, SC brought to our attention in a metaphorical way an important insight into healthy living and productive working. Thinking about my lifelong penchant to try to …

Coach ‘em up before you Coach ‘em out: A Post-Pandemic Personnel Practice for Principals

Author: James Hopper, Superintendent, Venus ISD More than ever, schools are now in competition for teachers, substitutes, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, etc. Every position has been affected by the Great Resignation, the ability to work from home, fear of the pandemic, and by other enticements to simply not work for a living.   But this is nothing new.  There was a growing teacher …

SCHOOL BY THE NUMBERS

Author: J.T. Elmore, Secondary Principal, Roscoe Collegiate High School 7 years!  That is the grand total amount of time I have had the privilege of working in Texas ISDs.  19 years if we add in the Texas education I received as a young student. 11 years that it took to get my bachelor’s and another 1 to get the old master’s degree.  Somehow I managed …