Eanes ISD will partner with The Holdsworth Center, an Austin-based nonprofit, to strengthen its bench of great aspiring principals through a new, 18-month program called the Holdsworth Leadership Collaborative.
Eanes ISD is among the first 15 districts across the state invited to take part in the program, which is designed to help district leaders create systems that ensure a strong pool of aspiring principals who are truly ready to step into the role when a position arises. As demands on schools evolve and heighten, principals must be more prepared to navigate ambiguity and respond to challenges with creativity.
Over the 18-month program, a team of three – the superintendent, deputy superintendent and chief learning officer – will attend learning sessions at The Holdsworth Center’s Campus on Lake Austin.
They will learn best practices from organizations inside and outside of education that have built high-performing talent management systems, then work to define what great leadership looks like in Eanes. District leaders will then use this definition to design systems and structures to sustain the district’s school leadership pipeline.
For this inaugural group of districts, The Holdsworth Center will cover the costs of programming, thanks to the generosity of its founder and other philanthropic supporters. Founded by H-E-B Chairman Charles Butt in 2017, the center’s mission is to improve the quality of public education by supporting and developing educational leaders.
The 15 districts participating in the Holdsworth Leadership Collaborative are Corpus Christi ISD and Mission and Los Fresnos CISDs in South Texas; Conroe, Tomball, Pasadena, La Porte and Sheldon ISDs in Southeast Texas; Eanes, Temple, Waco and College Station ISDs and San Marcos CISD in Central Texas; and Irving and Plano ISDs in North Texas.
The Holdsworth Center
Driven by the belief that great leaders can push student achievement levels to new heights, The Holdsworth Center partners with Texas public school districts to help educators become experts at leadership, then grow stronger leaders within their own systems. Founded in 2017 by H-E-B Chairman Charles Butt, the Austin-based nonprofit works with partner districts for five years and makes a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels. For more information, visit Holdsworthcenter.org