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District Leadership Fellows Reach Halfway Point and Focus on Creating Impact

I can go almost directly to that goal, without leaving and going back and forth  …..and I contribute that model with just keeping us focused and determined and driven.   Dr. Michelle Cline, Superintendent, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD.

The 2021-2022 cohort of District Leadership Fellows have reached the halfway point of this year’s program.  Leaders are developing their skills, learning new communication techniques, and using an Impact Model to create change in their districts.     

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Dr. Debbie Atwell, Superintendent, Mountainburg Public Schools using the mixed-reality teaching simulation.

Fellows have been learning and practicing a communication technique called Active Listening.  Fellows had the opportunity to practice Active Listening using a mixed-reality teaching simulation called Mursion. Using the simulation provides an opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment, and to pause the simulation to receive real-time feedback and coaching.  

District Leaders have also been working through the components of an Impact Model for their individual problems of practice.  They have been:

  • Framing a goal that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timed (SMART) 
  • Analyzing available resources available as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) 
  • Brainstorming and selecting key activities that will produce the most results (80:20 Rule) 
  • Evaluating measures to ensure the key activities are being carried out and producing the expected results (Lead and Lag Measures) 
Photo of Dr. Michelle Cline in her office
Dr. Michelle Cine, Superintendent, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD

2019-2020 and 2021-2022 cohort member Dr. Michelle Cline of Throckmorton Collegiate ISD cited the Impact Model with helping her think through, analyze and explain all the components that contribute to getting to her goal.     

In the new year, Fellows will provide an update on their projects, and receive continued support as they implement their models.   

Interested in joining the next cohort? Email Christine Ferguson at to receive updates.  Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort will open in the new year.   

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