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 …

ProbecitoSyndrome

Author: Nelson Coulter Dr. Pedro Noguera has coined the phrase “Probecito Syndrome” to describe the view of many toward children raised in non-privileged environments.  Loosely translated, it means “poor baby” syndrome.  It is the assumed inability of those children to achieve academically, based on the environments in which they were raised.  Former President George W. Bush also spoke of this viewpoint as “the …

Uncertainty Leaders

Author: Nelson Coulter Times of uncertainty put a strain on all of us. Times of uncertainty call for exceptional service from those of us in leadership roles (whether we’re parents, teachers, managers, preachers, mentors, board members, executives, coaches, captains,….). How can we best lead in times of uncertainty?  What do others need to hear, see, feelas they rely on us to lead forward? Consider …

SuccessFoci

Author: Nelson Coulter Most of us want to be successful. And the meaning assigned to the word “success” is unique to each of us. Regardless of our respective goals, our priorities, the task of actually achieving them is the tricky part. How do we get to where/what we wanna be? Being able to stay focused on that which is important …

Rocket Science

Problems are not hard to find. They present themselves to us, every day, in a million ways. Identifying problems is not rocket science. The challenge is always in figuring out how to address them in some meaningful and sustainable way. Dr. Kim Alexander, as school superintendent in the rural community in which he was raised (Roscoe, Texas), saw a problem: …