Lone Star Governance Exemplar Cohort

The Lone Star Governance (LSG) Exemplar Cohort is an intensive program designed for committed governing teams—school boards with their superintendents—that are dedicated to continually cultivating and sharpening their focus on one primary objective: improving student outcomes.

The LSG Exemplar Cohort is a yearlong program (with an option for a one-year extension) that includes the following at no cost to local education agencies (LEAs):

  • Attendance at a two-day LSG workshop with fellow cohort members
  • A dedicated LSG Coach
  • Monthly implementation support tailored for the board, board chair, superintendent, and staff
  • Quarterly board self-evaluation support
  • Statutorily required board member training in teambuilding, needs (based on the framework for governance leadership), and evaluating and improving student outcomes
  • Early access to Lone Star Governance-related training
  • Collaboration with, learning from, and learning with other high-performing governing teams

All school district and charter governing teams are eligible. Each cohort is generally limited to 12 governing teams. All eligible expenses of participating LEAs will be reimbursed monthly—up to a predetermined amount for the entire first year of the cohort.

To receive reimbursements for LSG-related expenses, a governing team must commit to the following:

  • Continued, frequent engagement with a certified LSG coach
  • Timely submission of the quarterly self-evaluation report (QR)
  • Active promotion of and advocacy for the LSG initiative, including presenting about the LSG philosophy and practices at meetings and conferences

Please visit http://tea.texas.gov/lsg for updates and additional information.

Exemplar Cohort Districts

The Lone Star Governance Exemplar Cohort program launched in 2018. The following tables list the local education agencies and Lone Star Governance coaches for each cohort. Contact information for LSG coaches is available on the Lone Star Governance Coaches web page.

Exemplar Cohort One

Local Education Agency Lone Star Governance Coach
Mansfield ISD Dale Latham
Midland ISD Larry Lee


Exemplar Cohort Two

Local Education Agency Lone Star Governance Coach
Cumby ISD Dr. Delic Loyde
Donna ISD Marcia McMahon
Fabens ISD Monica Jaloma
Natalia ISD Dee Ann Drummond Estlack
New Frontiers Public Schools Dee Ann Drummond Estlack
Round Rock ISD To be determined
Snyder ISD Laurie Elliot


Exemplar Cohort Three

Local Education Agency Lone Star Governance Coach
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Previous Cohort Districts

Local Education Agency Lone Star Governance Coach
Canutillo ISD Monica Jaloma
Ector County ISD Larry Lee
Hidalgo ISD Laurie Elliot
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Kelli Crain
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Marcia McMahon
San Elizario ISD Monica Jaloma
Sierra Blanca ISD Monica Jaloma
South San Antonio ISD Ed Vara
Tornillo ISD Monica Jaloma