This project relates to the following ED Priorities:

  • Turning around the lowest-performing schools
  • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders

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District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) Leadership Academy


In the District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) Leadership Academy, TXCC will support the Texas Education Agency in revising and implementing the second year of an advanced professional development series for DCSIs who either: (a) are clustered in the state's priority improvement areas (as determined by the TEA Core Team) or (b) have demonstrated proficiency on core DCSI skill sets and show the potential for serving in a more dynamic and influential leadership capacity at the regional or state level. In Year 3, 35 DCSIs from districts across the state participated in the first cohort. The Academy consists of three two-day intensive training events along with off-site practice and collaboration for the selected cohort of DSCIs. The training is grounded in emergent practices in policy analysis, organizational change management, interpersonal communications, and specific needs identified in the field. In Year 4, recruitment for cohort 2 will focus on priority improvement areas identified by the TEA Core Team.

Previous Work Updates

2016

July

No new update.

June

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.

April

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.

March

The TXCC, Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Center for District and School Support (TCDSS) hosted the first module of the 2015-16 District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) Leadership Academy in March. Fourty-eight DCSIs from around the state participated in a change management simulation facilitated by Lou Centini, who serves on the faculty of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. articipants were tasked with applying the change management framework to a pressing change initiative in their districts and will return in April to report on their progress and develop mid-course corrections.

February

The DCSI project team finalized the curriculum, facilitation, and logistics for the first module of the 2015-2016 DCSI Leadership Academy, which will be held on March 1-2, 2016, at the Austin office of American Institutes for Research (AIR).

January

The District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) project team finalized the registration, content, and facilitation for the second annual DCSI Leadership Academy to be held in March in Austin, Texas.

2015

December

The DCSI project team finalized the 2016 application process and selected 48 new and returning DCSIs to participate in the second year of the DCSI leadership academy. The team secured contractual agreements with Lou Centini, former full professor at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, to facilitate an extensive change management simulation for Module One, which is consistent with the framework being used with the DTLI program.

November

The District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) Leadership Academy project team deployed applications for the 2016 DCSI Leadership Academy to all DCSIs in Texas. Approximately 40 new DCSIs were accepted for Cohort 2, and 15 DCSIs from Cohort 1 have opted to continue with the next phase of their training. The project team will be finalizing curriculum and logistics in December.

October

The DCSI project team designed the content and sequencing for year two of the DCSI Leadership Academy. The project team will facilitate two modules that will include participants from the first and second cohort of DCSI leaders. Applications have been disseminated and are due before the end of November.

September

The District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) project team convened in September to define the structure and content for the second cohort of the DCSI Leadership Academy. Additionally, the team designed an ongoing support series for the first cohort of academy graduates. Applications for Year Two will be disseminated in early October.