HCISD chosen for 5-year leadership partnership

HARLINGEN — Harlingen CISD was among six Texas school districts chosen to participate in a five-year leadership institute founded by H-E-B CEO and Chairman Charles Butt.

The Holdsworth Center, established in January 2017, will work with HCISD district and campus leaders in several stages to support a leadership-building culture intended to benefit administration, teachers and students.

Any Texas public school district with a student population of 6,000 or more was eligible to apply through a written application, followed by in-depth site visits to 14 finalists earlier this year.

The other districts selected were Mesquite ISD (Dallas-Fort Worth area), Lockhart ISD (Central Texas area), Aldine ISD and Spring ISD (Houston area) and Judson ISD (San Antonio area).

HCISD will be part of the second cohort of schools.

“At Harlingen CISD, we continue to build and seek partnerships to ensure our students are provided with a top-quality education across all of our campuses. We continually seek innovative tools and new strategies to utilize in our classrooms with the mindset of increasing performance and students’ abilities to thrive,” HCISD Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos stated via email. “We are super proud to have been selected by the Holdsworth Center, and we look forward to our five-year partnership with the educational leadership institute.”

This summer, the superintendent and a team of five other district administrators will begin a two-year District Leadership Program, which includes sessions with some of the nation’s top leadership experts and site visits to study high-performing organizations in the country and abroad.

Over the five-year partnership, Holdsworth Center staff will work with district administrators to provide support tailored to the unique needs of HCISD.

In the second year, supervisors, principals, assistant principals and teachers will begin the two-year Campus Leadership Program. Each campus team will work on a significant challenge tied to school culture and student outcomes.

Apart from in-state transportation costs, all programming and support are covered by The Holdsworth Center. In 2020, learning sessions will move to the center’s new campus along Lake Austin.