School Governance, Executive Leadership, and Fiscal Accountability conducts research, management/performance reviews, strategic planning, and training/consultation to school board members and administrators. Our focus is to provide technical assistance to school district superintendents and boards regarding school governance, promising leadership practices, fiscal accountability and current research.
Providing extension of County School Superintendent John Sawyer's office into the school districts, leadership chambers, research initiatives and external professional community.
Facilitating the HCDE Superintendents' Institute - superintendent-only forums on critical issues for the 26 superintendents in our county.
Conducting the HCDE Administrators' Academy partnering with individual and groups of school districts and/or universities. The Center also provides the HCDE Principals' Alternative Certification Academy.
Participants attend 30 clock hours of rigorous learning activities taught by a distinguished faculty of researchers and practitioners, conduct interviews with successful educational leaders, and are monitored by an approved mentor. Included are the educators from across the state who have completed, or are in the process of completing, a masters degree in school leadership.
Academy topics include:
The sessions are held on Saturdays (9:00 to noon) throughout the year. The Academy is designed to facilitate successful completion of new knowledge and skill sets required for exemplary practice in the field of campus-level leadership. The course content includes: Moral and Ethical Leadership; Developing Personal and Professional Habits of Quality; Establishing a Productive Organizational Climate and a Campus Culture of High Expectations; Media and Communications; Authority, Leadership, and Collaborative Decision Making at the Building Level; Training and Involving All Stakeholders; Reaching and Teaching Reluctant and At-Risk Learners; Responding to the Diverse Needs of Individuals as Required by NCLB Special Populations - Special Education Law, PEIMS, Gifted and Talented, Migrant, ESL, and Bilingual; Addressing Change Through Campus Planning, Evaluation, and Communication; Accountability - AEIS-Established Processes to Create, Access, and Modify the Plan; TEKS and the Curriculum; Facility Management and Maintaining a Safe and Secure Schools Environment; Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership; Benchmarking and Ensuring a Research-Based Practice; TEKS, Copyright Issues, PEIMS, Testing, Data Analysis, and AEIS; Supporting District/Campus Vision; Strategic Planning; Dealing with the Human Relations Aspect of Building-level Leadership; Supporting Innovative Thinking and Risk-taking; Managing Conflict; Campus Budgeting; Aligning Financial, Human, and Material Resources; and Intensive Test-taking Skills and TExES Test Preparation.
Providing continuing education for school board members in the Texas Education Agency's Framework for School Board Members Development. Griffin is TEA certified to deliver:
Vision - The Board ensures creation of a shared vision that promotes enhanced student achievement
Structure- The Board provides guidance and direction for accomplishing the vision
Accountability - The Board measures and communicates how well the vision is being accomplished
Advocacy- The Board promotes the vision
Unity- The Board works with the superintendent to lead the district toward the vision. The consultant and HCDE are TEA registered providers
Focus 5 - Leading school/community strategic planning initiatives
Representing board, administrators, teachers, staff, students, community leaders, business/industry, and parents assemble to consider basic beliefs, review the state of the schools, catalogue resources, forecast future needs, and create a mission, measurable goals, timelines for attainment, and monitoring procedures.
Conduction of leadership workshops and retreats for school districts in specific areas of certified training, including:
Teaming, Small Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution
Goal Setting and Measurable Objectives
Accountability in Teaching, Learning and Leading
Conducting specific research initiatives as requested by school district superintendents. Examples include:
Cost Efficiency Reviews
Curriculum Articulation and Alignment
Facilitating performance reviews and management studies of educational programs as requested by superintendent. Examples include:
Special Education Services
Business Office Functions
Child Study/ Psychological Services
Athletic Program Reviews
Facilities and Maintenance Reviews
School/Community Education Services
Food Service Reviews
Program Performance Reviews
Central Office Reviews
Focus 9 - Collaborating with the larger educational community
Big-Four Auditing Firms - Member of Selected Review Teams
Baylor College of Medicine - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Educational Foundation of Harris County - Member of the Board of Directors
Walden University - External Advisory Committee
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