Lone Star Governance Newsletter: May 2021

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Lone Star Governance

May 2021

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This Month in Lone Star Governance

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Welcome to This Month in Lone Star Governance. These emails highlight current events in the LSG initiative, answer frequently asked questions, and celebrate LSG successes from around the state. If there is a topic you would like to see addressed in an edition of This Month in Lone Star Governance, please let us know by emailing lsg@tea.texas.gov.

If you missed a previous issue of This Month in Lone Star Governance, you can get it on the TEA website here.

2021–2022 Exemplar Cohort

In late January, TEA announced the opportunity for districts to submit a Letter of Interest to be a part of the newest Exemplar Cohort. Participation in a cohort includes—among many advantages—reimbursement of up to $10,000 for LSG-related expenses.

At the end of April, TEA invited 13 districts to participate in the 2021–2022 Lone Star Governance Exemplar Cohort. Please visit the Exemplar Cohort page on the TEA website to see the members of the latest cohort. Maybe even send them an email of congratulations.

We look forward to working closely with their governance teams over the coming year.

Spotlight on TEA Initiatives—April

In January, we began inviting other TEA initiatives to join our LSG coaches and coach pipeline meetings to introduce themselves and their role in improving student outcomes. In April, our guest was the Effective District Framework (EDF).

The Effective District Framework does these things:

  • Identifies high leverage district systems and practices to help schools to bring the ESF to life
  • Provides alignment, common language, and continuous improvement around the highest leverage best practices for district systems
  • Consists of Levers, Essential Actions, and Key Practices
  • Will be used through a self-assessment and optional diagnostic process

Organized into five 'levers' EDF includes analysis, planning, and performance management; human capital systems; support for student readiness to learn; high-quality instructional materials and assessments; and continuous improvement of instruction.

The EDF is planned to be piloted during the 2021–2022 school year. For more information about EDF, please Lizette Ridgeway at lizette.ridgeway@tea.texas.gov  

LSG Leaderboard

The LSG Leaderboard recognizes governance teams with the highest level of success changing their behaviors to improve student outcomes.

We have updated the leaderboard to recognize those districts and charters most successful in changing their behaviors as measures by the quarterly progress trackers submitted in the first three months of 2021. Take a look at the list, admire their accomplishments, and maybe send them a note of congratulations.

This Month's Frequently Asked Question

Once a board has approved its district's and campuses' HB3 goals, to whom at the Texas Education Agency should they be sent?

Districts are not required to send their approved district and campus goals to the TEA. HB 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, requires the plans to be posted on district and campus websites. It does not require the plans to be submitted to the agency.

Learn more at http://tea.texas.gov/lsg

See more frequently asked questions at the link below.


Frequently Asked Questions


Coming in June

Join us for the next episode of This Month in Lone Star Governance to stay up to date on the latest happenings in Lone Star Governance.

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