A framework for growing leaders at every level on every campus and across every department.BACKGROUND
In 2015, Spring ISD launched EVERYchild 2020 — a five-year strategic plan focused on improved student outcomes for all children. To lead this charge for change, the district’s Board of Trustees established core values for the district, which continue to guide our work.A FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP COMPENTENCIES
As the district heads into 2021 we are now extending the district’s core values to a set of specific leadership competencies that apply to every employee in the district and the leader that exists within them.
In the same way that Spring ISD’s Core Values have guided our efforts over the last five years, these new leadership competencies will be at the forefront of our work moving forward with our new strategic plan Every Student Every Teacher Every Day.
At the center of this plan is creating excellent, equitable outcomes for all students. Our definition of leadership will give us the behaviors to help us move this important work forward.
In addition, our Lead Spring framework includes other important initiatives to help our employees fulfill their potential, including our Leadership Academy and our Strategic Compensation program for campus-based staff.AREAS OF COMPETENCE
As noted, each of the three Areas of Competence in the LEAD SPRING Framework — Outcome-Driven, Service-Oriented and Relationship-Centered — is defined by four Critical Competencies. The descriptors of each Critical Competency starts with an action verb because it is only through our day-today actions that each of us leads and influences others.
Delivers positive, equitable outcomes for students
Uses data, research-based strategies and equity to drive decisions
Adapts to and effectively supports others through change
Learns and improves through feedback, professional development and self reflection
Actively listens; responds and shares information in a thoughtful and timely manner
Promotes shared accountability
Develops and supports leadership in others
Encourages and praises individual and team progress
Nurtures strong and trusting relationships with all stakeholders
Builds a collaborative and inclusive culture
Demonstrates honesty and ethics in all interactions
Responds to the needs of others with empathy and understanding
Every Superintendent was once a principal. Every principal was once an assistant principal, and every assistant principal was once a teacher. District support roles follow a similar path to leadership where employees often start out by managing their own work, and then progress to managing others and then managing other managers and even sometimes whole departments.
As such, strong leaders are needed at every level of the district. With this in mind, each of the critical competencies in the LEAD SPRING Framework is outlined into four levels of leadership, which as a whole represent the district's leadership pipeline. These levels of leadership include:
OUR LEADERSHIP PIPELINE
Below is a view of the leadership pipeline here in Spring ISD. As you can see, each step of an employee’s career path builds and expands on the leadership competencies needed to be successful — both in their current role and the role an employee aspires to occupy.
Because the role of a teacher is so closely connected to student success, a special pipeline step focused on the classroom teacher role — called “leading students” — stands on its own. For many lifetime educators, those first years in the classroom are the stepping stones to future campus and/or district leadership roles. As such, the leadership competencies specific to the important role of teacher are specifically detailed.