Tracey Cox knew Northwest was a fast-growing school district. What she didn’t know was how much work goes into managing that growth.She has a much better idea now of what goes on behind the scenes of the expansive 19,000-student district. Cox, a mother of two elementary school students, participated in last school’s year’s session of Leadership NISD.A new session of Leadership NISD held its first meeting in late September in the NISD Administration Building. The school district created the program to promote the vision of the district, develop community leadership and serve as a resource for community input, said Emily Conklin, the district’s communications director. “I enjoyed meeting many of the district executives and leaders, and was impressed with their passion and commitment to the students in this district,” Cox said. The 2013-14 class has about 50 participants. The leadership program is organized into eight monthly meetings that let participants network and get up to speed on the latest developments regarding Northwest’s operations and policies.“Our hope is for each participant to leave feeling more connected to Northwest ISD, with a deeper understanding of our mission, vision and beliefs so they may be an ambassador for public education and Northwest ISD in their communities,” Conklin said.Leadership NISD aims to focus specifically on curriculum and instruction, support services, athletics, and school finance, but will be open to discussion of other topics, Conklin said. The goal is to create an open dialogue between the district and parents and community members, she said.