Potential Leander ISD teachers have the option to earn their Master of Education degree with a specialization in Education Administration through a unique partnership with Concordia University Texas. Unlike other programs, the LISD Aspiring Leader curriculum offers district-specific coursework, grooming students to progress in their careers with a distinctly LISD-oriented approach.
“Partnering with a local school district to ensure a relevant education for their up and coming leaders makes perfect sense for Concordia and its mission,” Concordia University Texas President and CEO Donald Christian said. “Being able to do this with LISD is even better as these are our neighbors. We are working together to create strong leaders for the schools in our community.”
LISD Aspiring Leaders will take their courses at Cedar Park High School, while learning from Concordia University faculty and members of the LISD leadership team. Naumann Elementary’s Dr. Keith Morgan is teaching in the first course. Leander ISD Superintendent Dr. Dan Troxell is teaching later in the program.
“The Aspiring Leader program is specially designed to meet the needs of individual students within a friendly community of classmates all focused on professional development,” Troxell said. “Because public education evolves quickly, the fact that the faculty and curriculum stem from the current school environment really matters. I am continually inspired by the selfless, dedicated teachers I am privileged enough to lead.”
Students will complete a campus-specific project on school and district improvement and growth. Leander ISD specific exercises and issues will be integrated into all of the curriculum.
“It is my sincere belief that this program is one more way we can support them and continue to make Leander ISD a destination district,” Troxell said.
The first class of Summer 2017 kicked off on May 8. Fourteen students from across the district are enrolled. Vandegrift High School’s Kristin Slonsky received a $2,500 scholarship from Viper Nation Education Foundation to use for the Aspiring Leaders program.