Lone Star Governance Newsletter: September 2023

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Texas Education Agency

September 2023

Lone Star Governance

People around a table: Behaviors start with me

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.

Aligning Initiatives to Improve Student Outcomes

Since its launch in 2016, Lone Star Governance has seen remarkable success in fostering school board behaviors that improve student outcomes. With that history as a backdrop, it is time for LSG to take another step forward in serving Texas schools. To do this, we are focusing on more tightly aligning the work of Lone Star Governance to these TEA initiatives:

School Action Fund (SAF) aims to increase the number of students in great schools by providing customized planning and implementation support to districts.

System of Great Schools (SGS) provides technical assistance and system-level support to help educators design and lead high-quality schools; empower families with high-quality options and informed choices; and focus district central offices on high-leverage oversight, innovation, and support.

Texas Strategic Leadership (TSL) provides customized executive coaching and cohort experience opportunities to superintendents and their leadership teams seeking to deeply engage in the Effective District Framework (EDF). Through TSL, district leadership uses research-based best practices to design systems that will enhance the overall student experience. 

Effective Schools Framework (ESF) codifies all researched best practices into one common framework for district and campus leaders to improve system effectiveness and student outcomes.

Though LSG can still be implemented successfully on its own, integrating LSG with these initiatives—while remaining faithful to LSG’s foundational philosophies and practices—harmonizes board member behaviors and district systems and practices to increase exponentially their impact.

Look for exciting things to happen in the coming months.

New LSG Coaches

This summer, Lone Star Governance welcomed three new coaches to its ranks. These three successfully navigated the multi-step, months-long process to be eligible to train and support boards of trustees in Lone Star Governance. The new coaches—one from Region 3 ESC, one from Region 9 ESC, and the other from Region 11 ESC—bring the number of LSG Coaches to 32.

It is worth special mention that the ESC in Region 3 now has a total of five coaches; 15% of all LSG Coaches are based in Victoria and the surrounding area.

A list of all 32 LSG coaches is available on the TEA website.

Become an LSG Coach

Are you interested in helping school governing teams understand and implement adult behaviors that lead to improved student outcomes?

Becoming a Lone Star Governance coach is a rewarding, months-long journey that begins with learning about the state assessment and accountability systems; progresses to studying inputs, outputs, outcomes, and progress monitoring; continues with understanding how mindset influences our actions; and ends with successful co-facilitation of an LSG workshop with a partner coach.

If you're interested, check out our Becoming a Lone Star Governance Coach resource. For more information, contact lsg@tea.texas.gov.

This Month's Frequently Asked Question

I have heard people say that Lone Star Governance is ‘research based.’ Can you please point me to the research suggesting that specific school board behaviors can have a positive influence on student performance?

We are so glad you asked. While we are always excited when someone shows interest in Lone Star Governance, its philosophies, and its practices, we are even more so when someone wants to understand the scholarly work underpinning what we do.

All the research that supports Lone Star Governance is available on our Resources and Recommending Reading page. Look for the ‘Lone Star Governance Literature Review’ heading. In addition to the scholarly work supporting student-outcomes-focused governance, we also list several books aligned to what we do. Though not every book is specific to school boards, or even education, they have all made a contribution to the work that we do and how we do it.

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

See more frequently asked questions at the link below.


Frequently Asked Questions


Coming in October

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