At the helm of Hidalgo ISD, Eduardo Cancino, Ed. D., led a highly successful academic program resulting in a long list of accolades earned by the district including consecutive state Recognized ratings for the border school district, the 2009 College Board Inspiration Award, 2009 American School Board Journal Magna Award, 2008 and 2009 US News & World Report 100 Best High Schools in America, as well as two state championships in UIL Athletics and Academics and two state finalists in Athletics and Academics. Dr. Cancino has also addressed local, state and national conferences hosted by organizations such as the U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition, Education Trust, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to share successful practices for Hispanic students. In addition, he has hosted countless numbers of visitors to the border district, all of them hoping to learn the secret behind such high levels of academic success. Cancino now brings that expertise to Region One ESC as the Deputy Director for Instructional Support Services at the Region One Education Service Center.

The Region One Education Service Center recently selected Hidalgo ISD Superintendent, Dr. Eduardo Cancino, to lead Region One ESC’s Instructional Support Division. A veteran educator of 21years Cancino has also held positions as Associate Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Executive Director for Teaching and Learning in Hidalgo. With the retirement of Dr. Janice Wiley at the end of the 2008-2009 school year, Region One ESC actively searched for an educational leader that would continue the work already in place at the ESC and bring new ideas and perspective to the program, says Jack Damron, Region One ESC Executive Director. It was a very difficult choice for the committee which had to select a candidate from a list of very highly qualified candidates, reports Damron.

“Dr. Cancino has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his district for the past 10 years and he will bring a strong background in curriculum and instruction to the ESC. We are very excited about his upcoming service role and the potential impact for improving the levels and quality of curricular and instructional services flowing from Region One ESC to our districts and charter schools in the years ahead,” said Damron.

Cancino says he feels having served in various capacities in the education field has prepared him for the opportunity to have an impact on a larger scale.

“Having been in the roles of teacher, administrator, and Superintendent in several high performing school districts has provided me with a wealth of experiences in effective practices such as supporting special populations, instructional design and delivery programs, leadership development, monitoring of instruction, community and organizational partnership development, team building, and embracing a culture where every student is provided the opportunity for success,” says Cancino. “The opportunities provided to me in multiple school districts to lead teams of highly committed educators leading to high levels of student achievement provides a strong foundation to lead yet another team of highly committed educators at Region One ESC.”

Cancino says he recognizes that Region One ESC has already made tremendous efforts at recruiting highly qualified educators, providing quality learning opportunities for center staff, restructuring personnel into support teams, and focusing on a culture of service to school districts. He says he looks forward to working side by side with Region One ESC staff to continually refine efforts at identifying areas of strengths and areas of limitations that will allow Region One ESC to provide targeted and customized support in identified areas of need for school districts and charter schools.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to experience success,” adds Cancino. “My personal challenge is to be part of a team that makes a contribution towards ensuring the success of every student in Region One ESC. Together we can work towards enhancing the quality of instruction in every classroom that leads to a system of highly successful school districts.”