The Teaching Trust Aspiring Leaders Program prepares future school leaders to drive sustainable academic improvement in complex urban schools.
The Aspiring Leaders Program is a rigorous, competency-based program that prepares existing educators to grow into transformational urban school leaders. In year one, Aspiring Leaders take courses at Southern Methodist University’s Annette Caldwell School of Education and Human Development, taught by SMU faculty and Teaching Trust staff, while working full-time in their current role as educators. In the second year, Aspiring Leaders serve in an on-campus leadership role for a Residency year, where they can begin to implement strategies and skills in real-time as coaches, assistant principals, or principals. At the end of year two, Residents earn their M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Urban School Leadership from SMU and complete their principal certification. Following the two-year master’s degree, Aspiring Leaders receive one year of tailored coaching support from Teaching Trust in their first year of serving as principals. Aspiring Leaders empowers educators to build an aspirational school culture while supporting high-quality instruction in every classroom.
Earn an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Urban School Specialization from Southern Methodist University
Potential to earn probationary Principal Certification after one year
Engage in one-on-one coaching and feedback from a former urban school leader to accelerate your professional growth
Participate in a year-long practice-based Residency in a school leadership position to implement best-practices on a school campus
Receive one year of tailored coaching support from Teaching Trust in your first year of serving as principal.
Develop competency-based skills and personal trust-building behaviors critical for effective urban school leadership
Learn alongside a cohort of values-aligned, influential change-makers
2 years of teaching experience
Readiness to ascend into school leadership
Commitment to working in a partner district or charter
Alignment with Teaching Trust's core values
Strong desire to step into a school leadership role in Dallas-Fort Worth
CONTINUE YOUR IMPACT
Your journey as a Teaching Trust leader is not over at the end of your Aspiring Leaders commitment. Cohort members and graduates of Teaching Trust programs have access to high-quality, applicable leadership development and training from our Teaching Trust Alumni Network.
Continue to connect, collaborate, and innovate with peers and colleagues through the Alumni Network. Your journey towards improving outcomes for North Texas students is just beginning.