Lone Star Governance
Important News: Exemplar Cohort Deadline Extended
The deadline to submit Letters of Interest (LOI) for the Lone Star Governance (LSG) Exemplar Cohort for the 2023–24 school year has been extended to Friday, September 29, 2023. Additionally, the number of school systems that may be invited to participate in the cohort is no longer limited to 10.
A First-of-its-Kind Initiative for School Boards
Founded on research, Lone Star Governance (LSG) is a continuous-improvement model for governing teams—boards in collaboration with their superintendents—who choose to focus intensely on only one primary objective: improving student outcomes.
The purpose of Lone Star Governance is to provide coaching and support, through a continuous-improvement framework, for school governing teams that choose and commit to intensively focus on the objective to improve student outcomes. Lone Star Governance accomplishes this intense focus through tailored coaching aligned to the five pillars of the Texas Framework for School Board Development: Vision and Goals, Systems and Processes, Progress and Accountability, Advocacy and Engagement, and Synergy and Teamwork. In addition to the primary focus on improving student outcomes, Lone Star Governance provides systems for governing legal and fiscal responsibilities.
The intention of the Lone Star Governance two-day workshop is to create a supportive space in which governing teams can learn about and can prepare for the commitment to intensely focus on improving student outcomes as described by the Lone Star Governance Integrity Instrument. The workshop is a conversation about researched school board behaviors that improve student outcomes. The Workshop draws from the participants’ respective experiences and their school’s performance. The underlying belief is that leadership matters and that leaders’ choices have the power to be transformative in the lives of our students.
LSG Continual Coaching and Support
Lone Star Governance Coaches are committed to providing continual coaching and support to school boards as they work to implement the behaviors that have been shown to increase student outcomes. The continual engagement between a school board and coach has been shown to make the difference in successful implementation to improve student outcomes.
LSG Training Hours and Certificates
The Lone Star Governance workshop earns School Boards and individual board members continuing education training credit. When all members attend the LSG Workshop, school boards earn credit to satisfy the required annual Team Building, bi-annual Evaluating and Improving Student Performance, additional annual Framework Hours, and earn a School Board LSG Certificate. School Boards, through continual engagement with an LSG Coach, will be supported with all required training and the implementation of best practices to improve student outcomes.