01 | News

Holdsworth launches two new programs

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District Leadership Program participants are photographed smiling and clapping during a graduation ceremony at the Campus at Lake Austin.
02 | Inspiration

When the work gets hard, remember why we're here

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A teacher from Judson ISD is photographed wearing a face mask bending over to speak to a student on campus.
03 | Insight

How to treat others well and transform culture

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Dr. Jeanette Ball, superintendent of Judson ISD, is pictured hugging someone at Rolling Meadows Elementary on the first day of school on August 16, 2021.
04 | Press Release

Texas Monthly goes inside Holdsworth’s new campus

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What we do

We help Texas public school districts grow their own outstanding leaders so that teachers thrive and students excel on every campus. We partner with districts for five years to not only grow individual leaders, but to help them build their own systems for developing a deeper bench of leaders who are truly ready for the challenges of the job.

Amy Garza of Southwest ISD, is pictured in a navy blue face mask interacting with a student in the classroom.

Why leadership?

The ripple effects leaders’ actions have on the 720,000 staff members and 5.5 million students in Texas schools is nothing short of incredible. Decades of national research backs this up.

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Who we serve

By 2028, we are projected to reach more than 4,500 Texas education leaders – including teacher leaders, assistant principals, principals and central office administrators – through the Holdsworth partnership alone. We anticipate serving even more educators through events and additional program offerings.

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Portait of Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth in the 1960s

I named the center for my mom because she was for the kids.”

— Charles Butt

Chairman of H-E-B and founder of The Holdsworth Center

Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, founded The Holdsworth Center in 2017. He named it for his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, a former school teacher who inspired in her son a great admiration for educators and a passion for helping all students succeed.

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Anitra Crisp, Principal in Southwest ISD, is pictured on campus wearing a black dress and black mask.