Capacity Building

Author: Jennifer Criswell, Director of CTE, Lytle ISD My first year as Director of CTE/PTECH for Lytle ISD has been fast and furious. It has become the best combination of teacher, counselor, and administrator.  The previous roles and responsibilities of all three of these stakeholder positions have shown to be beneficial in ensuring that programs for students are successful.  There are two …

Leading With a Plan

Author: Amanda Hatton, Principal, Spurger JH/HS Have you ever heard the phrase, “Failure to plan is planning to fail”?  This happens to be one of my favorite phrases.  Have you ever woken up and just by happenstance reached a weight loss goal?  Have you ever heard of a battle being won by accident with no battle plan?  Have you ever set …

RadicalInclusion

Author: Nelson Coulter I recently read Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership by Martin Dempsey and Ori Brafman (2017). In this book, the warrior (former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Dempsey) and the academic (Dr. Brafman) dissect the impact of global interconnectedness on the social arrangements and behavior of 21st humanity. In particular, they focus on how …

Betterness

Author: Nelson W. Coulter Getting better. Every day. On purpose. That could be a tattoo for the continuous improvement mindset. Why would betterness not be a goal for each of us, both in our personal lives and in the organizations we belong to? Betterness is a discipline, the direct result of deliberate habit formation. What do some of those powerful …

Reciprocation

Author: Nelson Coulter One of the powerful conclusions we glean from research in the field of psychology is that of reciprocation. It is in our nature to mirror/reflect behavior others send in our direction. It’s as if we feel some powerful pull to respond in like kind. As servant leaders we are wise to better understand the concept of reciprocation and …

GripLessening

Author: Nelson W. Coulter Leaders who want to control everything are like a ship trying to move through water while dragging the anchor. That micromanaging behavior has the following impact on those charged with producing the outcomes: Frustration – constant over-the-shoulder critique and nitpicking generates frustration and passive resistance. Not good. Distraction – when constantly being pulled from “the work” for …

Who Cooks the Best Steak in Texas?

Author: Shelli Stegall Assistant Superintendent, Hico ISD Wait…when NC said “choice of topic is all yours,” did he really mean it? I mean, given the choice, SS is ALWAYS going to choose food! Those who serve in a rural community truly understand the value of school/community relations. As Hico ISD embarks on the PTECH (P20) journey, the impact and importance of our positive …

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 …