ControlFreak(out)

Blog Author: Nelson Coulter, Chief Organizational Learning Officer Trying to force others to change is a fool’s game. (Ask me how I know.) I’ve worked for control freaks. They made me, and all the others they were trying to control, freak out. More importantly, those control freaks generated highly committed resistors. So, if change toward betterment is a desired goal, …

All Aboard the Rigor Spectrum

Author: Kellie J. L. Seals, Ed.D. AVID Program & Research Director Roscoe Collegiate PTECH Academy As student-centered advocates, we adhere to the adage, meet students where they are. But in terms of our teaching craft, do we meet ourselves where we are? Do we expect to reach the highest heights of rigor like a caped superhero atop a mountain having conquered …

Why Become a “Collegiate” School?

Author: Regan Clement, Engagement Specialist, Hamlin Collegiate ISD If you have spent any time in a small town, you have witnessed firsthand the challenge: rural areas struggle to keep families from moving away in search of economic opportunities. When a large business closes in a city, it is quickly replaced. In a small town, however, it is a devastating blow to the economy and …

Leading Through Challenge

Author: Nelson Coulter   Tough times call for strong leadership. The very best leaders I know personally (and have studied) have not only survived tough times, they have emerged on the other side of them even stronger. Here are some commonalities in the way those impactful folks led (and lead) through adversity: -They use the adverse conditions to re-focus themselves and …

The Obstacle Is The Way

Author: Nelson Coulter, Chief Organizational Learning Officer of CEN I recently read The Obstacle is the WAY: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday (2014). I didn’t realize it until the very end of the book, but RH was really describing Stoicism. Interesting that I’ve never thought of myself as Stoic, but clearly, I have some Stoic tendencies. …

CEN Student-Driven Community Development

Author: Greg Wortham, CEN Chief Partnership Officer Building Communities from within Collegiate Edu Nation (CEN) schools have opportunities to build their communities from within, and we encourage schools to lead from within by leveraging the creativity, innovation, and strength of their students, faculty and administrative staff. Every community has a unique position as to internal and external resources, but we encourage …

Developmental Coaching

Author: Nelson Coulter The best leaders I know are as much coaches as they are anything else. These wise folks commit huge portions of their time to the development of the folks around them. In that process, these astute leaders skillfully deploy some exceptional coaching up strategies: Noticing — They observe carefully the processes, the people, the interactions, the dynamics. …

Dirt Road

Blog Author: Brittany Williams, CEN Director of Continuing Education “Down on a Dirt road, where things don’t change And everyone still knows your name You’ve got a place to call home, and you’ve got place to hide You’ve got a land you love and a name to be proud of And you’ve got the address to the Good Lord up above There …

DoingPower

Author: Nelson Coulter We all learn, every day, in millions of ways. We learn when we read, when we observe, when we consider, when we discuss, when we listen, when we attend, when we ………. However, nothing matches the learning efficacy of when we DO something. There is sticking power when we actually remodel that room, assemble that tool, plant and grow that …

So, is your glass half empty or half full?

Blog Author: Dr. Kim Alexander, CEO, Collegiate Edu-Nation Having been heavily engaged in farming for 51 years now (no I’m not 80 years old – my brother and I rented our first 60 acre cotton patch in 1970 when I was a freshman in high school), I have learned over the years that certain things, like the weather, are beyond my …

The Power of Positive Relationships

Blog Author: Jance Morris, Middle School Principal, Sunray ISD I’m sitting in my office waiting on three young men to pick up keys and garage door openers for a house they will move into this week. They have two combined years of teaching experience, the world by the tail, and are excited about every opportunity presented to them. I met these young men (then …

We Are Ready for Ready Bodies and Ready Minds!

Author: Rhonda Riley, Principal, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD I am writing today to talk about a new program that we are starting at TCISD that we are very excited about. My hope is that we will help our students and also spread the understanding of how the body and mind must both be cultivated in our youngsters! I began looking into …