Leadership matters. People matter.
Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Holdsworth Center Leadership Cohort application process. By April 2019, we will welcome six new districts in Texas to join our five-year program, which is currently open to districts with a student enrollment of 6,000 or more. Please note we are in the early stages of identifying the ideal structure to serve smaller-sized districts by 2020.
The application period begins August 1 and closes October 19. Scroll down for more information about upcoming webinars and FAQs.Our Programs
- Full Application Due
October 19, 2018
- Cohort Selection Announcement
If leadership development is a crucial priority for your district — one that is rooted in a shared vision at every level — a partnership with Holdsworth can help provide:
- A critical mass of leaders throughout the system with shared experiences and a common vision of excellence in regard to personal leadership, talent development, organizational culture and student success.
- Enhanced district-level capacity to manage the talent pipeline and to lead change.
- A strategic approach to leadership development embedded throughout the organization that will build a bench of future leaders and retain more of the best talent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our second cohort of 6 districts will begin their five-year partnership with Holdsworth in the summer of 2019.
Then, we plan to add additional cohorts of districts once the Holdsworth campus on the shores of Lake Austin opens in the summer of 2020.
The application period will open online August 1, 2018. Districts will be asked to submit their intent to apply by Friday, September 14 and applications will be due by Friday, October 19. Applications will be reviewed by Holdsworth leadership in addition to a selected panel from the existing cohort of seven districts.
After reviewing all applications, we will name finalists in November who will each receive a site visit from the selection team.
The cohort will be announced in Spring 2019.
All districts in Texas serving more than 6,000 students are eligible to apply for the second cohort, including districts that applied to be part of the first cohort.
We are committed to serving all districts in Texas over the coming years. We recognize that small districts have acute needs in attracting and developing leaders, and we also realize that their needs are unique and require a tailored approach.
Over the next year, we plan to study the needs of smaller districts across the state to develop a tailored approach to supporting their leadership development objectives.
Our goal is to be prepared to welcome smaller districts to The Holdsworth Center when the campus opens in 2020.
First, we look for districts that are hungry to improve—who see developing leaders as a critical priority for the district and who believe they have room to learn and grow. We are looking for districts who are open to new ideas and are eager to make major improvements to their current practices.
Second, we look for districts who are ready to do the work. Being a Holdsworth partner district is a significant commitment over a 5-year period. We look for districts with alignment of vision and shared commitment at every level of leadership—the superintendent, the senior leadership team, and the school board.
Finally, we look for districts who have demonstrated an ability to lead change. We look for evidence that the district has moved the needle on its key priorities.
Being a Holdsworth partner is a significant commitment of time over five years. Holdsworth is making a large investment in our partner districts. The 2019 cohort will not pay for any of the programming, coaching, or support they receive.
Participants in the 2019 Holdsworth Center Leadership Cohort will participate in 60-70 days of off-site programming over the course of two years. The learning experiences will be rigorous and involve pre-reading and preparation as well as travel. In district, they will also work closely with their District Support Team, to strengthen their approach to identifying, developing, selecting, and supporting leaders.
Participants in the Campus Leadership Program will participate in 50-60 days of off-site programming over two years. The learning experiences will be rigorous and involve pre-reading and preparation as well as travel.
Six members of the district’s central office leadership team will participate in the 2019 Holdsworth Center Leadership Cohort. This includes the Superintendent and five other people.
The number of participants in the Campus Leadership Program will depend on the size of the district. Over the course of five years, our goal is to include at least 50% of a district’s campuses in the program. The size of the campus team depends on the size of the school, but averages five people (the principal + 4 team members). For example, a district with 40 campuses would include approximately 20 campuses and 100 campus leaders over the course of the partnership.
Over the course of two years, participants will learn through site visits (to high-performing schools, districts, and other organizations), interactions with world-class faculty, and from their peers.
Sessions are usually one week in duration during the summer and three to four days during the school year. The curriculum includes four strands — personal leadership, effective teams, systems and structures, and change leadership. They are taught by world-class faculty from education, business, and other disciplines, including Chip Heath, Liz City, Ram Charam, and Pedro Noguera.
The learning is designed to push participants in their thinking, and it requires the team to move from theory to practice as they transition to strategic planning and implementation. Participants in the 2019 Holdsworth Center Leadership Cohort apply their learning to improve the districts’ leadership development systems and structures while participants in CLP apply their learning to a problem-of-practice related to student achievement on their campus.
Holdsworth is distinguished from many leadership development programs by its long-term partnership and deep investments in leaders at every level of the organization.
Holdsworth works at the individual, team, and system level. We know that building the capacity of all three is critical to sustainable organizational improvement that positively impact students over time.