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
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  • Full Application Due 
    October 19, 2018
  • Cohort Selection Announcement 
    April 2019


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.

This informational webinar recorded on September 7, 2018 also features audience Q&A.

The Power of Educational Leadership

The Holdsworth Center provides learning opportunities and support to help education leaders build systems to ensure there is a strong and dynamic leader in every school. We believe leadership is a journey, not a destination.

Collective definition of leadership for a district

Crafting and broadcasting a clear definition of leadership is critical to building a culture where everyone feels they have the opportunity to grow and move up in the organization.

The Holdsworth Center's Year-in-review

It’s been an eventful first year for The Holdsworth Center and we couldn’t be prouder of the transformative work our districts have accomplished to improve public education in Texas.

Succession Planning in Education Means Identifying Talent Early

Just like in the corporate world, identifying talent early and encouraging employees with training is effective in public education as well. Thomas Randle, Superintendent of Lamar CISD, speaks about how H-E-B loads the pipeline with future leaders and how those tactics can be used in education.

Round Rock ISD talks District Support

Superintendent of Round Rock ISD, Steve Flores, spoke about the impact his assigned District Support team has already made since their arrival and how the knowledge that they're not alone in their journey is what resonates the most.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Holdsworth accept new districts?

What’s the timeline for selecting new districts?

What districts are eligible to apply?

What about districts smaller than 6,000?

What criteria will Holdsworth use to select new districts?

How much does becoming a Holdsworth partner cost?

What is the time commitment?

How many people from the district get to participate?

What is the experience like?

What makes Holdsworth different from other leadership development programs we might have participated in?

Notice of nondiscrimination policy

The Holdsworth Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and other school administered programs.