Superintendents Complete 2019-2020 District Leadership Fellows Program

The 2019-2020 cohort of the District Leadership Fellows wrapped up the year with an online meeting.  The superintendents have been reflecting on the past year as they lead their districts through challenging times.    

2019-2020 District Leadership Fellows cohort

Reflecting on the past year, Dr. Darin Jolly of North Hopkins ISD said: “My big takeaway right now is the communication strategies that I’ve learned. I’ve just really been able to develop a lot better communication with my team than I had in the past. And that’s been very rewarding and very helpful.”

Dr. Jolly continued “I’m so thankful that my whole model is around community leadership. That has been so monumental during this COVID time. Our district ended up taking the lead for the entire county based on the structure developed in my impact model.”

The cohort appreciated the opportunities provided by the program for them to step away from campus and interact with their peers.  Mr. Kermit Ward of Clarksville ISD said “What you’ve given is the gift of time. Pulling me off campus and really letting me sit down and listen to what other superintendents in districts demographically similar to mine have done has been impactful.”

Dr. Josie Hernandez-Gutierrez, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at Waco ISD and District Leadership Fellows facilitator said “This program has nurtured the leader within me, especially in times like today, when we need to lead in the midst of crisis and uncertainty.  The executive leadership development provided at the Institute for Leadership Impact focuses on more than just the knowledge and skills; through reflective coaching and listening, we learn to develop our own adaptive leadership abilities.  It is the adaptive work that separates those who can serve others effectively in times like today with impactful outcomes.”

The District Leadership Fellows program is adapting for next year and will specifically focus the work of the cohort around addressing the ramifications of COVID-19 on schools while maintaining a focus on the core fundamentals of strategy, execution and utilizing strengths.

Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now open.  Superintendents and executive district leaders who report directly to superintendents are invited to apply.  Applications close July 31, 2020.

More information on the District Leadership Fellows program is available on our blog, website, and flyer.  Please email any questions to leadershipimpact@smu.edu.

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SMU Researchers Create Low-cost Virtual Reality Training to Improve Care during Labor and Delivery

SMU researchers receive funding from Wellcome Trust to develop low cost virtual reality training to help improve skills to surgically manage postpartum hemorrhage.  Such training may not only reduce time and cost to train providers but reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission by reducing face-to-face interactions during surgical training.

 

COVID-19 has created complex challenges and opportunities in teaching and learning, including how medical providers are trained to perform complex medical procedures.  An international team of researchers from King’s College London, Southern Methodist University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Zambia is developing techniques to train surgeons using low cost eLearning tools and Virtual Reality which can help improve the acquisition of knowledge and skills without patient contact.1,2

The multidisciplinary team has been awarded a Wellcome Trust research grant to build and field test a virtual reality training platform for the surgical management of postpartum hemorrhage.  The team at SMU is led by Dr. Eric G. Bing, Professor of Global Health in the Departments of Applied Physiology & Wellness and Anthropology and Dr. Anthony Cuevas, Assistant Dean for Technology & Innovation and Clinical Professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning.

Researchers from SMU and UNC Chapel Hill developing a VR simulation.
Researchers from SMU and UNC Chapel Hill developing a VR simulation.

Surgery is one of the most crucial domains of global medicine, yet most low- and middle-income countries have stark deficits in both the absolute numbers of surgeons and their level of expertise to perform complex surgical procedures. Of the many types of emergency surgical interventions, some of the most crucial and complex are those required to manage obstetrical hemorrhage, the world’s most common cause of maternal death. Funding from the Wellcome Trust will enable researchers to build and field test the first general affordable obstetrical virtual reality simulator training platform for the surgical management of obstetrical hemorrhage. The innovative training platform, once built, will integrate the latest advances in virtual reality technology with traditional hands-on training and can be easily and affordably delivered within low and middle-income contexts. The application of an enhanced learning platform will rapidly build surgical capacity and capability for complex surgical procedures, some of which are life-saving, and increase access to a level of care that is very difficult for most women residing in these environments to obtain.

This research will build upon a low-cost Virtual Reality Surgery Simulator developed by many members of the current team.

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  1. Bing, E. G. et al. Using Low-Cost Virtual Reality Simulation to Build Surgical Capacity for Cervical Cancer Treatment. J. Glob. Oncol. 1–7 (2019) doi:10.1200/JGO.18.00263.
  2. Parham, G. et al. Creating a low-cost virtual reality surgical simulation to increase surgical oncology capacity and capability. ecancermedicalscience 13, (2019).

 

Applications Open for 2020-2021 District Leadership Fellows

The 2020-2021 cohort of the District Leadership Fellows is now accepting applications. Given concerns for health and safety, the program is moving online for the coming year.

 

The SMU District Leadership Fellows program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort.  This strengths-based leadership development program aims to enhance the leadership abilities of superintendents and executive district leaders through an intensive year-long cohort experience.

As part of the program, participants will: 

  • Receive individual leadership assessments and coaching 
  • Engage in monthly reflection on personal leadership growth and receive feedback from SMU faculty 
  • Meet online with a diverse cohort of peers 
  • Craft a strategy for a district project 

Leading Through the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 is presenting leaders with new and unexpected challenges, and school districts require strong and focused leadership so that children continue to learn while communities remain safe.  Next year, the program will specifically focus the work of the cohort around addressing the ramifications of COVID-19 school closures, even while maintaining a focus on the core fundamentals of creating impact.

District Leadership Fellows October 2019
District Leadership Fellows share insights.

Key Program Components:

  • Peer network building. Participants network with and learn from a diverse cohort of peers in similarly situated districts.
  • Leadership support. Participants engage with peers, SMU faculty, and public education professionals to receive personalized feedback and hone their leadership skills.
  • Personal strengths. Evidence-based strengths assessments are used to help participants further enhance their leadership skills.
  • Applied learning. Participants apply what they have learned to a capstone project focused on a real-world challenge within their districts.

Eligibility:

Superintendents and executive district leaders who report directly to the superintendent are invited to apply. In a midsize to larger district, executive district leaders might include an assistant superintendent, while in a small district it may include the director of instruction or the high school principal.

Program Timeline:

May 1, 2020Applications open

August 28, 2020 – Application Deadline Extended to August 28

June – July, 2020 – Interviews and Selection

August, 2020 – Initial coaching session (online)

September 2020 to May 2021 – Cohort Meetings (online for health and safety)

Superintendents work with Dr. Eric G. Bing during a leadership strengths session.
Superintendents work with Dr. Eric G. Bing during a leadership strengths session.

Program Fee

$495

Nominations and applications:

Know someone who would be a great fit for the program?  Nominate them here.  Interested in joining the cohort?  Complete your application here.

More information:

Download the flyer, visit the Institute for Leadership Impact website, email us at leadershipimpact@smu.edu or call 214-768-4359.

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COVID-19 Implications for Rural Texas

Dr. Eric G. Bing talks about the implications of coronavirus for rural Texas leaders.

 

The SMU District Leadership Fellows has a virtual meeting to talk about COVID-19 and the implications for their school districts in rural Texas.  Dr. Bing, a trained epidemiologist, gave an overview of pandemics and techniques for controlling them.  He showed coronavirus projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation which included a detailed projection of cases in Texas.  The presentation concluded with a look at school closures across different states.

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District Leadership Fellows – Leading in Times of Crisis

In times of crisis, strong and focused leadership is required.

COVID-19 is presenting each of us with new and unexpected challenges.  School superintendents are making the difficult decisions necessary to protect their students, staff, and communities while continuing their primary mission of educating students.  The District Leadership Fellows program is supporting the cohort as we move forward together.

The District Leadership Fellows program is adapting to this changing environment by moving sessions online, providing increased opportunities for peer-to-peer support within the cohort and by focusing on practical, relevant information to assist with the challenges superintendents are facing in their districts.

As we continue to support the 2019-2020 cohort, we are planning for the 2020-2021 cohort which will face a unique set of conditions moving forward.   Look for more information on joining the 2020-2021 cohort soon.

District Leadership Fellows 2019-2020

Shout out to the 2019-2020 District Leadership Fellows!   Thank you for the vitally important work you are doing in your districts to keep your communities safe while continuing to educate your students.

 

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The Institute for Leadership Impact serves schools and social impact organizations of all sizes.  We offer an array of experiential, individual and team-based leadership experiences and simulations to strengthen your team and support your growth as a leader.

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E-Learning Courses Developed for Leaders in Health and Education

As part of our Community and Global Reach initiatives, the Institute for Leadership Impact has developed a series of e-learning courses.

E-Learning Courses from the Institute for Leadership ImpactOver the past two years, the Institute for Leadership Impact has developed e-learning courseware to train leaders in a variety of learning contexts. Courses are used by health care professionals in Africa, superintendents in the District Leadership Fellows program, and SMU students in Dr. Bing’s Creating Impact in Global and Public Health class.

The e-learning courses cover topics such as time management, coaching skills, meeting management and negotiations. All courses developed by the Institute for Leadership Impact are computer-based, flexible and can be applied in contexts far beyond health and education.

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Strategies for Sustaining Change Discussed at SMU District Leadership Fellows January Meeting

As they reached the halfway point of their year-long fellowship this month, SMU’s 2019-2020 cohort of District Leadership Fellows came together to discuss their personal and district progress.

District leadership Fellows January 2020
Dr. Lamomt Smith outlines his Impact Model at the District Leadership Fellows meeting at SMU.

At the January meeting of the District Leadership Fellows, Fellows discussed their impact projects and helped one another develop strategies and best practices for their districts. Dr. Michelle Cline of Throckmorton ISD and Dr. Lamont Smith of Elkhart ISD delivered presentations on the accountability check they have designed within their school districts.

Dr. Smith outlined his Impact Model, a multi-pronged approach to sustaining academic achievement and increasing instructional capacity in his district. With a focus on team accountability sessions, newsletters, and informal walks, Dr. Smith’s plan prioritizes communication between leaders at all levels.

Dr. Cline outlined how the Throckmorton community shared their vision and beliefs to create a learner profile for Throckmorton ISD students. This profile focuses on educating students to become life-long learners, responsible citizens, effective communicators, college- and career-ready, and persons of strong character.

District Leadership Fellows January 2020
Dr. Michelle Cline and other superintendents discuss strategies for sustaining change.

The January meeting closed with a group reflection on how to extend Fellows’ leadership development progress into the upcoming semester.

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Leadership Coaching Incorporates Mursion Simulation Environment

District Leadership Fellows practiced stressful leadership situations and active listening techniques using the Mursion simulation environment in the Simmons School of Education & Human Development at SMU.

Superintendent Dr. David Belding engages in the Mursion simulation environment while Dr. Eric Bing provides coaching.
Superintendent Dr. David Belding engages in the Mursion simulation environment while Dr. Eric Bing provides coaching.

Active listening was a key skill practiced at this month’s District Leadership Fellows meeting.  Using the Mursion simulation environment, superintendents would practice stressful leadership situations, pause the simulation to receive feedback, then rerun the simulation incorporating the feedback.  By watching others practice, superintendents could observe active listening techniques such as open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summarizing.

District Leadership Fellows, Mursion simulation environment
District Leadership Fellows provide feedback to Dr. Chris Moran after his interaction in the Mursion simulation environment.

Mursion is a mixed-reality teaching simulation environment.  It is utilized at SMU to support teacher practice, offering pre-service and in-service teachers the opportunity to learn new skills and to craft their practice without placing “real” students at risk during the learning process.  In addition, the simulator has been used to teach motivational interviewing techniques to SMU undergraduates and graduate students in health and counseling classes.

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The Institute for Leadership Impact serves schools and social impact organizations of all sizes.  We offer an array of experiential, individual and team-based leadership experiences and simulations to strengthen your team and support your growth as a leader.

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Active Listening Techniques Incorporated into District Leadership Fellows Training

The District Leadership Fellows met at SMU for their second session on October 23rd.  Superintendents built upon the framework they learned at the Kick Off, updated their Impact Models and added Active Listening to their skill set.

District Leadership Fellows October meeting
District Leadership Fellows shared insights from the past month.

 

The 2019-2020 District Leadership Fellows cohort met at Southern Methodist University for Session 2 on October 23, 2019.  The superintendents reflected on their learning since the first session, how they had been applying leadership techniques to their daily practices, and how they had been passing them along to leaders within their districts. Sessions were led by Dr. Eric G. Bing, from the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Dr. Josie Hernandez-Gutierrez, CEO of Proactive Leaders.

Superintendents took time to revisit strategy for their change projects and dig into effective execution frameworks, knowing that reflection, adjusting strategy as data is collected, and adapting as roadblocks are encountered are essential.

District Leadership Fellows October meeting
District Leadership Fellows hard at work updating their Impact Models with guidance from Institute for Leadership Impact Director Dr. Eric Bing.

Dr. Bing introduced active listening using OARS and Motivational Interviewing.  OARS is built upon Open-Ended Questions, Affirmation, Reflective Listening, and Summary.  Motivational Interviewing is built upon collaboration, evocation, autonomy and compassion.  Superintendents were able to see these techniques in action from the perspective of a counselor, a client, and an observer.

To learn more about the District Leadership Fellows, watch a video about the program or visit the education page on the Institute’s website.

Create Impact in Your Organization
The Institute for Leadership Impact serves schools and social impact organizations of all sizes.  We offer an array of experiential, individual and team-based leadership experiences and simulations to strengthen your team and support your growth as a leader.

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New Cohort of Superintendents Convenes at SMU

District Leadership Fellows 2019-2020

As SMU students settled in for their first round of exams, a new cohort of the Institute for Leadership Impact’s flagship program kicked off at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. With the construction of SMU’s new Ford Hall for Research & Innovation as a backdrop, thirteen District Leadership Fellows from all over the northeast Texas region reflected on the most effective ways to approach their unique leadership roles.

Founded in 2016, the District Leadership Fellows program brings superintendents of rural Texas school districts together to build their leadership skills and collaborate on district improvements. With five Texas education regions represented, the 2019-2020 cohort represents an 150% increase in geographic reach from last year’s two regions.

The 2019-2020 Fellows include Mr. Shannon Baker (Mildred ISD), Mr. Andy Ball (Clifton ISD), Dr. David Belding (Aubrey ISD), Dr. Michelle Cline (Throckmorton ISD), Dr. Jon Hill (Dodd City ISD), Mr. Lee Joffre (Mabank ISD), Dr. Darin Jolly (North Hopkins ISD), Dr. John Kuhn (Mineral Wells ISD), Ms. Kelly Moore (Union Grove ISD), Dr. Chris Moran (Whitehouse ISD), Dr. Brian Nichols (New Summerfield ISD), Dr. Roosevelt Nivens (Community ISD), Dr. Lamont Smith (Elkhart ISD), Dr. Paul Uttley (Paradise ISD), and Mr. Kermit Ward (Clarksville ISD).

Dr. Jolly and Dr. Moran are entering their third year as Fellows; all others are new to the program.

Highlights from the Program Kick-Off

Superintendents work with Dr. Eric G. Bing during a leadership strengths session in Harold Clark Simmons Hall.

At the fellow’s first meeting, superintendents dug into case studies and focused on different domains of leadership strengths and creating impact. On the final day of the kick-off, superintendents worked together to develop change strategies for their own specific district projects ranging from improving school safety policies to preparing for district growth.

To learn more about the overall program, watch a video about the District Leadership Fellows program or visit the Institute’s education page.

 

Create Impact in Your Organization
The Institute for Leadership Impact serves schools and social impact organizations of all sizes.  We offer an array of experiential, individual and team-based leadership experiences and simulations to strengthen your team and support your growth as a leader.

To learn more about our programs, visit our website, email us at leadershipimpact@smu.edu, and engage with us on Twitter.