District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) Leadership Academy

Priority Alignment
Great Teachers and Leaders
School Turnaround
TXCC will support the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in assessing lessons learned from the two years of implementation of this advanced professional development series for DCSIs who either: (a) were clustered in the state’s priority improvement areas (as determined by the Texas Strategic Alignment Team) or (b) had demonstrated proficiency on core DCSI skillsets and shown the potential for serving in a more dynamic and influential leadership capacity at the regional or state level. In Year 4, 33 DCSIs from around the state participated in the second iteration of the DCSI Academy. The training was grounded in emergent practices in policy analysis, organizational change management, interpersonal communications, and specific needs identified in the field. Information gleaned from this review will allow TEA to plan for future implementation of the model once TEA staffing and priorities are confirmed.
Progress to Date
  • The DCSI project team is prototyping a virtual book study with a small cohort of DCSIs from the first and second cohorts of the leadership academy. The project team will convene in July to reflect on the process and make revisions as necessary for the coming year.
  • The DCSI project team hosted the final module of the 2015-2016 DCSI Leadership Academy in April. Participants engaged in a two-day session focused on facilitating crucial conversations and expanding one’s sphere of influence during complex change processes. As an extension of this module, a subcohort of 17 DCSIs will engage in a virtual book study where they will read The Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change and share how they have applied the strategies in their local contexts.