High Expectations for all- Not just the elite academically

Blog Author: Darrell Dromgoole, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist- Program Development, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service I come from a long line of storytellers. My grandpa could keep my brother and my attention for hours by telling stories of cattle drives from Texas to Kansas that his grandpa told him as a youth. Today I would like to tell you a different …

Expanding College Access: A Multi-Layered Process

Blog Author: Maria Luna-Torres, Ph.D. Project Director, Rural Student Success Initiative (RSSI) -Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Over the last three years, I have had the privilege of leading Texas A&M AgriLife’s, Rural Student Success Initiative (RSSI). Being that RSSI is a relatively new project, people often ask me to explain it in a nutshell.  I describe RSSI as an initiative aimed to …

Creating Better Futures

Author: Shauna Lane, Dean of Academic Affairs, Floydada Collegiate I.S.D. One of the most impactful experiences I have had as a professional was attending Deloitte University’s Courageous Principals. From the moment my team and I turned onto the campus compound (a gorgeous campus in the Trophy Club area), it was evident we were entering something special. It wasn’t special because it was nice, …

Risk (Faith) & Reward (Impact)

Author: Marshall Harrison, Superintendent, Sunray ISD The journey of life is filled with valleys, which prove to be the classroom to prepare us for the battles we will face.  On August 29, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.  I watched as my wife of nearly 24 years take her last breath and pass into the arms of our Heavenly Father.  At 44 years of age …

Workforce Strategies

Author: Greg Wortham is workforce strategist for Collegiate Edu-Nation, collaborating with CEN communities to strengthen future career opportunities and economic activities for our students. Jumping into your time machine for the 20thCentury, you might want to recruit General Motors or Saturn for a 5,000-person factory.  In the 21st Century, you might seek Tesla or Amazon for the same objective.  But do you …

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 …