Level 10 Leaders in Title I Districts: How to Get to Student Success
- Having all the critical decision makers on the same page is one of the biggest challenges to creating excellence in the arts. This panel of distinguished band directors, fine arts directors and superintendents will engage in an informative discussion on aligning all three levels of advocacy in your Title I school district to create and extend resources. Once all three layers are aligned, everyone in your program will become strong advocates for your students success.
- Rodney Watson
- 12/18/2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
- Dr. Rodney E. Watson became Superintendent of the Spring Independent School District in July 2014. Spring ISD serves over 36,000 students in a diverse and growing community approximately 20 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas. Prior to accepting the leadership role at Spring ISD, Dr. Watson served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Houston Independent School District, the largest district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the nation, with more than 210,000 students and 30,000 employees supporting 276 area schools.
Passionate about building great organizations and committed to supporting student growth and success, he brings to his work a unique combination of education and experience. Originally trained as a teacher and a counselor, his professional path has taken him from working as a college admissions recruiter, to managing interventions and transitional programs for at-risk youth as a deputy juvenile officer, to leading schools and school-reform efforts as a principal and chief school officer in Missouri and Texas. Throughout his career, he has continually leveraged his organizational, educational and policy insights to ever-broader effect.
Dr. Watson received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and music education, his master’s degree in counseling psychology, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Kansas City in Urban Leadership & Policy Analysis and Curriculum & Instruction. His professional affiliations include work with The Education Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NAACP, the National Association of Black School Administrators, the Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network, and the American Counseling Association. He has also served as an adjunct professor of education at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and the University of Texas–Austin.
His dynamic approach combines the ability to assess current organizational needs with a clear vision for the future – one that aims to make schools better and communities stronger.