WHY Always Matters

Blog Author: Erin Boatmun, Curriculum Coordinator, Sunray ISD Years ago, when I was an education student at a small, rural university, one of my professors lectured over the authorship of effective lesson plans.  He said, “When you are teaching class—when you are teaching anything, for that matter—your students only want to know one thing—WIIFM.”  He pronounced it, “wiff-em.” I can remember looking around …

(re)FOCUSed

Author: Nelson Coulter, Assistant Professor, LSU-Shreveport The wisest leaders I know are relentless focusers. Or, RE-focusers. These leaders understand that their personal time, energy, and resources are finite. They know full well that they cannot do everything, meet with everybody, read every book, invest in every project, or attend every meeting. Thus, these wise leaders decide with laser-like clarity the most …

The Result is Priceless

Author: Marina Wilcox, Dean of Academics, Roscoe Collegiate ISD  C.S. Lewis is quoted as saying, “ You cannot go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”. The phrase “traditional education” can be interpreted many different ways. The perspective of educators, administrators, law makers, parents and students, can and will, always have a …

The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching

Blog Author: Katrina Bogle, Dean of College Readiness, Hamlin Collegiate ISD When asked to write a blog post about the “work,” I began agonizing over a topic.  I kept glancing at my bookshelf and each time landed on the same text: The 12 Touchstones of Good Teachingby Goodwin and Hubbell.  While the book is aimed at teachers, I believe we are all teachers.  Administrators can substitute …

I Deserve It

Blog Author: Amy Anthony, Counselor, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD As a parent, we are always quick to brag about our children. We are always excited about the new tasks they are involved in and cannot wait to tell others. Although we definitely think our children are great, our ultimate goal is for others to think as much of our children as …

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 …