LONE STAR GOVERNANCE
Recently the SAISD Board of Trustees, Charles Donald Boyette, Edwin Henly,
William (Bub) Johnson, William Richards, Nay Smith, Orvin Garrett, and Ryan
Garcia, Superintendent, Virginia Liepman, and district leaders Leasa Dunn,
Anna Sharp, and Crissy Haynie, attended Lone Star Governance (LSG) training,
an initiative aimed at providing a continuous improvement model for governing
teams that choose to intensively focus on one primary objective: Improving
Student Outcomes. LSG accomplishes this intense focus through execution of
the five points of the Texas Framework for School Board Development: Vision,
Accountability, Structure, Unity, and Advocacy. http: //tea.tex as.qov/LSGI
The LSG training, a 2-day workshop developed by the Texas Education Agency
(TEA), was presented by A.J. Crabill, TEA's Deputy Commissioner of
Governance. Since completion, the Board of Trustees, Superintendent, and
district leaders are now in a better position to effectively Monitor student
outcomes; effectively hold the Superintendent accountable for improving
student outcomes; understand the concepts of student outcome goals; and
draft a Lone Star Governance implementation timeline specific to SAISD.
"Successful student outcomes in the classroom begin with critical decisions
made by adults at school board meetings," said Commissioner Morath. "Lone
Star Governance sessions are intended to provide an optional, supportive
resource for school boards and their administrative teams as they make
decisions that have the power to be trans formative in the lives of our students."
In addition to Lone Star's singular focus on improving student outcomes, i.t
provides a system for governing the legal and fiscal responsibilities of the
Board. The workshop is a conversation about governance behaviors that
improve student outcomes and it draws from governance-related research as
well as promising practices from the participants' respective experiences. The
underlying belief is that leadership matters; that leaders' choices have the
power to be trans-formative in the lives of our students.
The following documents are available on our website:
"Student outcomes don't change until adult behaviors change."