Announcing Next Phase of Leadership Development

LISD Announces Second Cohort for Campus Leadership Program and Second Shared Leadership Program
Posted on 04/29/2021
District News Release

DATE: April 29, 2021

LISD Announces Second Cohort for Campus Leadership Program and Second Shared Leadership Program 

Lockhart ISD announced the selection of Plum Creek Elementary, Clear Fork Elementary, and Lockhart High School for the second cohort of the district’s campus leadership program (CLP). The program is part of the school district’s  partnership with The Holdsworth Center to build a pipeline of effective leaders across the school district to ensure students grow and thrive. Each of the campuses will work to identify a unique problem of practice at their school and apply what they learn through leadership development to effectively address it. 

Second CLP Cohort

In 2019, Lockhart Independent School District was chosen as one of six school districts selected for a 5-year leadership program and $6 million investment by The Holdsworth Center, a leadership institute for Texas public schools founded by H-E-B CEO and Chairman Charles Butt. The district leadership team launched the first phase of development for LISD that year. In 2020,  LISD initiated the second phase with Bluebonnet Elementary and Lockhart Junior High School selected as the first cohort of campus leadership program (CLP) participants. 

“Campuses had to apply to be considered for the program, going through a rigorous selection process to ensure school readiness for leadership transformation,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “This important work is intentionally planned for phased implementation to ensure the leadership work takes root and flourishes before advancing to the next phase. In time, all of our campus leadership teams will have benefitted from this important work.” 

In addition to the CLP, the school district announced an expansion in another leadership initiative to help develop leadership at the campus level. LISD announced Lockhart High School as the campus to launch the second Shared Leadership Program for the school district. Traditionally, leadership models in schools have been hierarchical. The district is transforming this model to one that shares leadership broadly, decentralizing some of the district level systems, allowing for campus leaders to share more leadership opportunities with teachers.  This program falls in line with the school district’s leadership definition theme of “UnLocking Potential” with a leadership focus on distributive leadership. 

Lockhart High School Shared Leadership Program

LHS will hire six “Lever Leaders” at the campus, who are high-performing teachers, to teach in classrooms for half of the day and then coach teachers the other half the day. This provides teachers a path to leadership without having to leave the classroom while building more instructional capacity. Additionally, these teachers will be compensated an additional $10,000 each year.

Plum Creek Elementary served as the pilot campus for the first shared leadership program. Regarding the effects of the program, Plum Creek Principal Jamee Griebel said, “ Shared leadership has made a huge impact on the staff at Plum Creek and has allowed for our students to thrive, even with the challenges resulting from the pandemic.  By using collaborative decision making, leaders have empowered teacher leaders to have more voice in making instructional decisions and improving student outcomes, while providing consistent support when needed.”

Plum Creek Shared Leadership Model

The school district’s formal leadership definition, “LockhartLeading,” was developed with the feedback of staff, highlighting the traits most important to them for leaders in Lockhart ISD. The priorities are grouped by three themes:  LockHeart for People, UnLocking Potential, and Locked on Excellence. These themes and associated leadership behaviors exemplify what we value in all LISD leaders and guide the development of all aspiring leaders within the district. This leadership definition anchors the work of the DLP and CLP programs and complements the world-class leadership development provided by The Holdsworth Center. 

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