FUTURE-READY SUPERINTENDENTS LEADERSHIP NETWORK (FRSLN)
The Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network (FRSLN) is a superintendent-designed and superintendent-led group of future-focused school leaders who, with the support of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), gather for events that provide authentic learning experiences.
These events help FRSLN members expand their leadership beyond the local level and advance the principles of the school transformation visioning document, Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas.
Each year, superintendents who have shown interest in creating and sustaining student-centered schools and developing future-ready students are nominated to be part of FRSLN. Nominated superintendents may request up to three additional seats for central office or campus leaders on their teams. See a list of the 2019-20 FRSLN members.
School Leaders in FRSLN
Students Impacted (& Counting)
2019-20 FRSLN Events
Those selected to be part of the 2019-20 FRSLN cohort participated in a series of events centered around the emerging needs of school leaders while maintaining an emphasis on the principles outlined in the TASA visioning document, Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas. Topics included: establishing a culture of organizational transformation; future-ready leadership; using voice and choice to cultivate curiosity; social and emotional wellness; and personalized, digital, and profound learning.
Kickoff Event for All Members
The 2019-20 FRSLN kick-off event was held October 22-24, 2019. It included an orientation component for new FRSLN members on the afternoon of October 22. Learn more about the event below.
FRSLN members and their teams had the choice of attending two of the following three additional FRSLN events during 2019-20: Event 2 held December 4-5, 2019; Event 3 held February 26-27, 2020; and Event 4 scheduled for April 29-30, 2020 (canceled due to COVID-19). See photos from Events 2 and 3 below.
Fees and Additional Seats
The fee to cover 2019-20 event-related expenses was $695 per participating superintendent. Superintendents chosen to participate could request up to three additional seats for members of their team (central office or campus leaders) for an additional $595 each. If superintendents chose to add extra seats, they did not have to bring the same three team members to all FRSLN events; they could bring different leaders to each event. Before each event, they were asked to provide the name(s) of team members who would attend with them. Superintendents who were selected to participate were required to attend FRSLN events with their team members; team members could not be sent in their place.
2020-21 FRSLN Events
TASA looks forward to helping FRSLN hold another fantastic year of learning in 2020-21! Stay tuned for more information coming in summer/fall 2020.
October 2019 FRSLN Event | Austin, Texas
FRSLN kicked off for 2019-20 October 22, 2019, with an orientation for new members and continued with an event for all FRSLN members October 23-24 at the Apple campus in Austin. The design team for this event built an experience around the theme of “Culture of Learning Organizations.” Participants heard from Brent Frey, U.S. director of Education Development and Professional Learning for Apple, Inc., learned from each other about organizational culture and transformation, and much more.
Photos by FRSLN members
May 2019 FRSLN Event | Georgetown, Texas
FRSLN members gathered at Georgetown ISD’s Hammerlun Center May 1-2 at for their third and final event of 2018-19: “Future-Ready Leadership.” Participants heard from TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown on the moral imperative of future-ready leadership, participated in panel discussions and team-building activities, visited Wagner Middle School in Georgetown ISD, and more.
February 2019 FRSLN Event | Dallas Area
FRSLN members gathered in Dallas at the Perot Museum February 27 for their second event of 2018-19: “Using Voice and Choice to Cultivate Curiosity.” Participants heard from fellow school leaders and other experts on the art of design, the maker movement, project-based learning and argument-driven inquiry, augmented and virtual reality, and much more. They also made site visits to Sunnyvale ISD. Read more >>>
Photos by FRSLN members
November 2018 FRSLN Event | Lubbock, Texas
FRSLN members gathered in Lubbock November 8-9 for their first event of 2018-19: “Beyond Physical Safety: Social & Emotional Wellness.” Participants heard from fellow school leaders and other experts on importance of relationships in schools, the Telemedicine Wellness Intervention Triage and Referral (TWITR) Project, suicide prevention, wrap-around services, and more. They also made site visits to Lubbock-Cooper East Elementary and Texas Tech University. Photos by Colton Coons, Lubbock-Cooper ISD
What FRSLN Members Say About the Network
FRSLN is the most powerful professional development that I have experienced as a leader. The topics and experiences are relevant and provoke ideas that are congruent with the work and needs in our district. As a district team, the FRSLN experiences provide us with a springboard to move forward together. As an individual, the time spent learning, reflecting and growing as a future-ready leader is invaluable. The opportunity to network and learn from like-minded leaders from around the state is one of the most powerful components of FRSLN. By embedding time to collaborate both during the day and through social activities in the evening, relationships develop that result in ongoing conversations beyond the time that we are together at FRSLN.
Being a part of this amazing group of dedicated and forward thinking educators inspires me to be better at what I do, to work harder for what I believe is best for children, and to push the limits to maintain focus on the things that matter most of all.
FRSLN is special because we take time to reflect with and learn from others, and we have conversations about what we WANT public schools to aspire to be. To think about meeting students’ needs — through creativity and innovative practices — and doing things differently.
FRSLN provides the encouragement and support needed to continue our work in moving forward with transformational leadership. It helps us define our focus.
The best part of being a part of FRSLN has been the sharing of ideas and strategies that we could take back home to our district and leaders to challenge them. It makes me realize what my vision is both personally and professionally.
The camaraderie in the work within FRSLN is inspiring and beautiful. It has moved our district so far in so many different ways.
The time to get away and see the great things that are happening in other districts through FRSLN has been so impactful and then connecting that to transformation in my own district has been so valuable. This network and opportunity keeps me fresh and energized to continue to do the hard work each and every day. I want to extend a BIG thank-you to the design team and host districts for a wonderful experience that is filled with intention and positive experiences.
The experiences provided through each FRSLN event have been very powerful and made me reflect on our direction and inspired me to take action. Being around other thought leaders is very motivational and has brought me out of the weeds to refocus!
FRSLN continues to be the most thought-provoking training that I’m engaged in.