Our Mission Statement
Leadership Partners is committed to providing a strategic framework of leadership development focused on the “whole leader,” world class diagnosis and design tools, and personalized support to help campus and district leaders improve learning and achievement in their schools.
What Do We Do
Leadership Partners focuses on school leadership to equip school leaders with the management tools, strategic frameworks and supportive networks they need to face the challenges of public school leadership. By combining national faculty , world-class business training from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and our unique leadership programming, our participants are challenged to explore what is possible in education today and in the future.
Why We Do This
The need for powerful school leadership could not be more urgent than it is today. In Texas, as in many states, demographics are rapidly changing, and preparing students for post-secondary education has never been more challenging. A Texas-wide study reports that students who began 8th grade in 1996-98, only 19.9% completed a certificate or degree program in Texas. If African American or Hispanic, the completion rate falls to roughly 11%, and the rate falls to about 8% for males. It takes little imagination to foresee the ramifications of this for Texas or any state with rapidly changing demographics. Without significant change at the campus level, the future of many states and cities are at stake, and only highly trained, heavily supported principals can make these changes. Read more via the link below. a_new_measure_of_educational_success_in_texas.pdf
We want to help improve schools by offering school leaders tools and strategies not found in traditional preparation programs nor in professional development offerings. Research indicates principal preparation has remained static for decades and does not prepare leaders well enough to face the daunting and complex problems in K-12 schools. Read more here: educating-school-leaders.pdf
Leadership Partners provides school and district leaders with new mindsets, unique learning, diagnosis and design tools , executive coaching and technical support to help them improve their schools at both the system and school level.
Developing the Whole Leader
Grow Your Leadership! We use a unique blend of programming, faculty and tools to help develop the “whole leader.”
Click Here to see our full Theory of Action for Developing the Whole Leader: lp-theory-of-action_v2-copy.pdf
How We Live Our Mission
- We provide premium programming using professors from the Jones Graduate School of Business , ranked #8 in the nation.
- We utilize our national faculty to provide school and district leaders with new learning to help improve their schools.
- We create cohorts of school and district leaders who learn with and from each other during our yearlong programming.
- We focus on the “whole leader,” providing all participants with Executive Coaching from a board certified coach.
- We provide research based diagnosis and design tools to help leaders problem solve with precision.
- We provide personalized and tailored technical support for our school and district leaders.
- We offer custom programming to meet the unique and specific needs for schools and districts.
- We are serving leaders in the Houston area and beyond.
What We Believe
1. High quality education leaders should expand their skill sets to include problem solving methodology, organizational management and entrepreneurship.
2. Leadership development must address the “whole leader” (i.e. leader identity and self efficacy) in order to make the role more sustainable.
3. The school is the natural “unit of change” for the system. The role of the school leader is pivotal in the delivery of learning. All stakeholders in the system benefit from well-developed leadership.
4. The school leader does not operate in a vacuum. Context, autonomy and both internal and external support are important elements for maximizing campus outcomes, both academic and other.
5. District leaders and staff benefit from leadership development and collaboration with their campus counterparts. Shared frameworks and goals are imperative to improving learning environments for students.
6. The Rice University reputation for quality and the Jones Graduate School of Business contribute distinctiveness to the program offerings.
7. A diverse cohort model and resilient network with ongoing interaction deepens and extends the learning in the formal program.
8. A focus on diagnosis, structured problem solving, design and implementation allows partners to tailor their learning to specific context and need. The Four Paths of Leadership Model provides the best diagnosis and design tools for campus and district leaders.
9. Custom Services and technical support provide a level of personalization needed for campus and district leaders to improve their schools.