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Texas Executive Leadership Groups

TASA is partnering with Lyle Kirtman, CEO of Future Management Systems Inc., to bring his in-depth leadership development program to Texas. Kirtman has asked Karen Rue, former Texas superintendent and nationally known school leader, to lead the Texas Executive Leadership Groups — cohorts of eight to 11 Texas superintendents who meet for a series of virtual sessions.

Cohorts are small, intimate groups, limited to eight to 10 members, with the purpose of engaging in meaningful discussions about the challenges and competencies of superintendent leadership in developing creative, positive school cultures. You’ll leave the sessions with a renewed sense of purpose and a connected network of colleagues who understand the complexities of one of the greatest jobs in education.

Registration is closed for the fall 2022 group. 

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About the Executive Leadership Groups


The framework for the sessions engaged in by the Executive Leadership Groups is “Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-system Change (How Education Leaders Can Develop Creative, Productive School Cultures)” by Lyle Kirtman and Michael Fullan and “The Culture Code” by Daniel Coyle. Each participant must purchase a copy of each of the books. 

Creating positive culture is intentional, and without intentional leadership, culture is happenstance. Successful leaders are results-focused and recognize that culture is a key driver of success. Kirtman’s Workplace Personality Inventory will be provided to each participant for the purpose of building awareness of interpersonal and work-style attributes. Each session will also have key leadership topics for discussion and interaction. 

Session Dates/Format

The first 2022-23 cohort will meet virtually for six, two-hour sessions on the following dates:

September 20, 2022
October 25, 2022
November 29, 2022
January 17, 2023
February 28, 2023
April 18, 2023

Lyle Kirtman will join the group for one session, and Michael Fullan may join the final session. To have these authors and educational leaders share in the discussion of leadership is a great opportunity to learn with the best!


The cost per participant is $800 for TASA members and $900 for school leaders who are not 2022-23 members of TASA.

Who Should Register

The 2022 Executive Leadership Group is limited to eight to 11 participants, so registration is open only to active Texas school superintendents. If broader interest in the program is expressed, the program may be expanded to include additional groups.

Discussions will be tailored to leadership competencies that are top-of-mind issues for superintendents: building strong networks, a willingness to trust that we can be open with one another, and learning from one another in a way that a sit-and-get session does not provide.

Why Participate

  • Engage in opportunities for leadership development in a challenging but safe environment, with a focus on leading resilient cultures
  • Develop a network of senior-level peers for support, expertise, and potential joint ventures
  • Expand networks beyond the education field to other leaders who can provide new perspectives on today’s problems
  • Share best practices with other leaders in areas in creating positive school culture and key leadership competencies
  • Work with colleagues on your individual growth in a safe environment where vulnerability is a key ingredient for sustainable success

This is not your typical support group for leaders in which participants complain about their boards and staff and get support from colleagues. Instead, these groups challenge leaders about their leadership styles, as well as their methods of leading, managing, and problem solving, with the goal of helping them to succeed as leaders and to help their organizations succeed.

Leaders in these groups do not give advice to other members. Rather, they learn with each other in a manner that recognizes each person’s unique style of leadership while building key leadership competencies for success. This approach allows people to gain new insights and improve results immediately and sustain success over time.

Executive Leadership Group Leader

Karen Rue

Karen Rue

At a local and national levels, Dr. Karen Rue has been active in leading and creating a transformational shift in education, with a focus on preparing future-ready students, encouraging innovation and creativity, and developing more meaningful assessment and accountability measures. She was a founding member of the Public Education Visioning Institute, and served as co-chair of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.

Rue was named a 2016 AASA Women in School Leadership Award Finalist, the 2014 Region 11 Superintendent of the Year, selected to participate in Classroom Connectivity in Texas at the Governor’s Mansion and in the Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House, chosen as a finalist in the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program, and named one of the nation’s Top 50 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education.

Rue served as president of both TASA and the Urban Superintendents of America Association. She also served as vice president for the Texas School Coalition and is a past president of the Fast Growth Schools Coalition and Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools.

Retiring in 2016 with 37 years in education, 11 as superintendent of Northwest ISD, she served three years as superintendent of Tuloso-Midway ISD and as executive director of Katy ISD, where she received the U.S. Congressional Achievement Award for her dedication and service to the people of Katy ISD. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a master’s degree from Lamar University, and a doctorate from Texas A&M University.

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