Superintendent Leadership Program

Supporting strong, diverse leaders who are driving transformative change

Dr. Thomas Randle and Jo Ann Fey are photograhed at a table discussion during a Holdsworth District Leadership Program session in Singapore.
Dr. Jeanette Ball, superintendent in Judson ISD, is photographed walking in the hallway of a campus with a teacher.

Superintendent Leadership Program

This is a critical moment for public education in Texas, with historic challenges that will take extraordinary leadership. Navigating recovery and seizing opportunities for transformative change will be critical and necessary for stronger, more innovative and more equitable schools.

As the leader of their district, superintendents will play a key role in helping staff, students and community members forge a new path.

The superintendent's job has always been difficult. Today, it is even more challenging and complex. Over the past 12 months, the state of Texas has seen an uptick in superintendent retirements, a trend that is expected to continue for the next several years. This means that Texas school districts will be seating a new cadre of superintendents who could either be stepping into the role for the first time or leading a much larger and more complex district than they have in the past.

In one of the most challenging periods in the history of public education, we believe we can do more to support sitting superintendents during these critical years in ways that will better position them to grow into highly effective, long-term leaders who are critical to promoting student success.

A tailored approach

The Superintendent Leadership Program is an 18-month program for a cohort of leaders who are in their first five years of the superintendency or are new to a large district, and are likely to have a long runway as a superintendent.

The program is designed to support superintendents as they navigate unprecedented challenges at a critical point in their career.

Curriculum will be responsive to the needs of the cohort and extend beyond core leadership skills to provide training and support in the most challenging, high-stakes, and high-leverage aspects of the superintendent’s role, including leading with vision and strategy, communication, navigating the external landscape, and building a high performing executive team.

Dr. Rodney Watson, Spring ISD superintendent, is pictured during a Holdsworth Center District Leadership Program session.
A photo of leaders gathered on the Campus at Lake Austin pavillion.

Program experience

Throughout the program, superintendents will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend learning sessions at the Campus on Lake Austin to dig into not only essential leadership skills, but content that addresses the unique challenges and opportunities of the superintendent role.
  • Receive executive coaching from our Superintendents-in-Residence, Dr. Art Cavazos and Dr. Thomas Randle. Both are recently retired Texas superintendents with exemplary track records. Each superintendent in the program will identify specific goals that they want to achieve through coaching.