Live Oak Elementary School Principal Katie Holding has been selected to participate in a week-long professional development opportunity as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Principals’ Center.
Holding will travel to Cambridge, MA June 26 through July 1 and will participate in the “Closing the Achievement Gap” institute, sponsored by Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT). Holding was selected for the cohort of 95 principals through a three-round process, consisting of two 1,000 word essays, a critical thinking assessment and in-person interviews.
“I’m really honored because I know the principals who applied and got to that point were deserving,” Holding said. “Closing the achievement gap is a huge priority for us at Live Oak and the district as a whole through our Strategic Plan, so I’m looking to see what I can bring back to implement.”
The institute focuses on contemporary frameworks used to understand instructional quality, student engagement, youth development, parenting and leadership in racially diverse communities, according to Raise Your Hand Texas. As a principal of a Title I school, Holding said she is dedicated to the success of at-risk students.
“At-risk students are a passion for me,” Holding said. “I believe strongly in giving all students an equal opportunity. I am looking forward to learning what motivates our students and how to reach them from people who have done the research on this.”
Following the institute, RYHT creates a cohort of principals who have participated in the HGSE program to further knowledge and networking beyond the week-long training.
Holding’s seminar aligns with Goal 3 of the Round Rock ISD Strategic Plan, which states “We will provide open opportunities, staff training, communication and flexible programming to eliminate disparities in expectations or achievement amongst our students.”
“Katie Holding is an outstanding example of a principal dedicated to the success of all students,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “Round Rock ISD is honored to have lifelong learners like Mrs. Holding who model continuous professional education and strive to help students achieve their best.”