Dr. Kim Alexander named Golden Deeds Award recipient for 2021
Alexander will be presented at the 2022 Texas Association of School Administrators’ Midwinter Conference’s 2nd General Session on Feb. 1 in Austin.
The Golden Deeds for Education Award is considered the most coveted award in Texas public education presented by TASA in partnership with Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development.
The award is presented to an individual who has improved the educational system in Texas to enrich the lives of all Texas public school students through actions and deeds.
Presented since 1964, the Golden Deeds recipient is selected by a statewide nominating committee consisting of Texas school district superintendents.
“I am very humbled and very appreciative of being named the recipient of this year’s Golden Deed Award, because I can think of a number of other folks that are very deserving as well. However, I learned a long time ago that individuals don’t accomplish much, but great teams are the secret sauce for success,” Alexander said.
He gives thanks to his Collegiate Edu-Nation teams and attributes their hard work to the accomplishment. He also gives special thanks to Mike Morath, Texas Education Agency Commissioner, and the TEA team; Dr. Susan Holley, CEHD Clinical Associate Professor and all of CEHD; Dr. Kevin Brown, TASA Executive Director, and the entire TASA team; as well as the nominating committee for selecting him.
Alexander received his Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Angelo State University in 1976, his Master of Education in Educational Administration from Abilene Christian University in 1985 and his Ed.D in Agricultural Education in 2007 from Texas A&M and Texas Tech Universities, through a joint doctoral program.
He was employed by the Roscoe Independent School District in 1988, where he served as superintendent from 2003 to 2019.
In 2019, Alexander became CEO of Collegiate Edu-Nation, a non-profit organization in West Texas focusing on partnerships with rural school districts to end education and income inequality in rural communities nationwide.
During his doctoral research, Dr. Alexander became involved in a study investigating differentiated instruction for economically disadvantaged learners.
This led to additional, extensive research into understanding generational poverty more effectively.
As a result of that research, Roscoe Collegiate ISD became the first rural schoolwide Early College High School in Texas in 2009 and a schoolwide STEM Academy in 2012, which evolved into the first rural schoolwide P-TECH Academy in 2017. In 2019, the Roscoe Model became a 501 C (3) Non-profit, Collegiate Edu-Nation.
Collegiate Edu-Nation currently serves 15 school districts in Texas and West Virginia on 45 campuses with approximately 15,000 rural students.
The CEN mission is to assist small and rural schools in Texas and the U.S. with Tri-Agency Alignment leading to postsecondary credential attainment for ALL students.
Alexander grew up on a farm near Roscoe, Texas where his family has been farming and ranching since 1917. He continues to farm and ranch on his family’s land since his graduation from college in 1976.
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