LISD announces next phase of leadership program

LISD Selects Campuses to Lead Next Phase of Leadership Development Program
Posted on 03/13/2020


District News Release

DATE: MARCH 13, 2020

LISD Selects Campuses to Lead Next Phase of Leadership Development Program

Lockhart ISD announced the selection of Bluebonnet Elementary School and Lockhart Junior High School for the first cohort of the district’s campus leadership program (CLP). Additionally, Plum Creek Elementary was selected as the pilot school for a new leadership model, providing teachers new opportunities to serve in leadership roles. 

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Both the Campus Leadership and pilot programs are connected to the work LISD is doing in partnership with The Holdsworth Center to build a pipeline of effective leaders across the school district to ensure students grow and thrive. 

In 2019, Lockhart Independent School District was chosen as one of six school districts selected for the second cohort of a 5-year leadership program by The Holdsworth Center, a leadership institute for Texas public schools founded by H-E-B CEO and Chairman Charles Butt. LISD district leaders have participated in the first year of the program, observing and learning about leadership models from world-class organizations while participating in personal leadership development to become more effective leaders. 

The second year introduces the first cohort of campuses into the leadership program. They will be challenged to identify their school’s unique opportunities for growth while participating in leadership development with the skills, tools, coaching, and time to bridge their schools from their current reality to the vision they set forth for their schools.  “The campuses participated in a rigorous process involving a team application, interview, and leadership activity,” said Superintendent of Schools Mark Estrada. “We are incredibly proud of all who applied because it further demonstrates their commitment to continuous learning and a desire to grow. However, because we were only able to select two, we chose Lockhart Junior High School and Bluebonnet Elementary School.” 

Parallel to the CLP beginning this upcoming school year, LISD will launch a pilot program at Plum Creek Elementary that transforms the leadership model at the campus from one that is hierarchical to one that shares leadership broadly. Traditionally, campuses have vertical leadership teams that involve a principal and assistant principals to lead teachers. In this pilot model, it allows for decentralizing some district level systems and empowering principals and assistant principals to share more leadership responsibilities with teachers. This will increase teacher influence and decision making at the school. It will provide the time and resources for them to effectively lead instruction while also substantially increasing compensation to those leaders in order to acknowledge and reward their expertise.  

“Plum Creek is well positioned to pilot this program,” said Superintendent Estrada. “There is evidence of solid systems on the campus for both students and staff to thrive. As a result of those systems, the campus is the first and only in school district history to be 100 percent on target for their 1.5 years of growth goal for students in reading this year. Additionally, review of employee engagement survey data indicates a strong, positive culture which is key in the success of this initiative. We look forward to partnering with the Plum Creek leadership team in the next phases of pilot program planning.” 


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