Harlingen CISD selected to take part in five-year leadership program

The Holdsworth Center selected Harlingen CISD to take part in its leadership institute dedicated to refining district-wide leadership to boost student success across all campuses.

The Holdsworth Center, a non-profit organization, founded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, chose Harlingen CISD and five other districts across the state as part of its second cohort of districts committed to providing additional resources to enhance leadership.

The educational leadership institute covers the cost of programming and support, including its rigorous learning sessions, which will be held at The Holdsworth Center in Austin.

Harlingen CISD was selected based upon a willingness and ability to change and its level of commitment to growing and developing a pipeline of leaders, according to the Holdsworth Center.

“We are grateful for every district who applied. Selecting only six districts was extremely difficult, and through our visits, we were inspired by and optimistic about the excellent work being done in (public) schools across Texas,” said Dr. Lindsay Whorton, president of The Holdsworth Center.

Holdsworth Center leadership made the announcement Tuesday and shared a video of leadership from the six districts learning about being selected to take part in the program.

The program begins this summer with Harlingen CISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Art Cavazos scheduled to embark on a two-year leadership program alongside five administrators from Harlingen CISD’s central office. The leaders will hear from the nation’s top leadership experts as well as visit and study high-performing organizations to empower leadership. The program will be tailored to fit Harlingen CISD’s goals.

“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,” Dr. Cavazos said. “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.”

The second year of the five-year program includes addressing challenges to improve school culture and student outcomes. Principals, assistant principals, and teachers at selected campuses will be involved in the program.

“We look forward to investing in and supporting district and campus leaders in these six systems (including Harlingen CISD) as they work to grow as leaders, strengthen schools and districts and drive excellent and equitable results for every student,” Whorton said.


Click hereto see The Holdsworth Center’s video announcement. 

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