This one-year program builds strong leadership teams at the campus level with the right technical skills, helping principals and their school leadership teams work together to create and implement a robust plan for improvement. This program helps ready the broader leadership team within each school to realize their vision of an aspirational school culture and sustained academic gains.

The Leadership Teams program supports the principal in developing and distributing leadership talent and capacity. It is a selective program for school leadership teams that want to drive and sustain significant improvement in school culture and quality of instruction in order to increase student performance.

Teams work with a Teaching Trust Leadership Development Coach to strengthen their effectiveness, establish common goals and a common language, and create systems and skills critical to dramatically increase student achievement. At each session, teams plan and implement action-learning projects related to campus priorities. Videos are used to capture demonstrations of learning and teams receive competency-based coaching in between sessions to support implementation efforts.

Program Structure and Expectations

  • Attendance at the following:
    • Orientation
    • Week-long Summer Intensive (Teams choose one of the following weeks)
      • June 26-30 or July 24-28 from 8:00AM-5:00PM. 
    • Six two-day workshops scheduled throughout the school year
  • Sessions address the following:
    • Data Practices
    • Culture
    • Instruction
    • Team Effectiveness
  • Through the generous support of our funders, Teaching Trust subsidizes the cost for the Leadership Teams Program. This contribution brings the district cost to $30,000 per team. 

We Seek Principals and Team Members WHo

  • Have the courage to lead dramatic change on their campuses, even in the face of adamant push-back.
  • Are eager to receive constructive feedback from their team members and Teaching Trust coaches.
  • Believe in and are eager to build stronger distributed leadership on their campuses.
  • Are willing to be vulnerable and openly discuss their gaps in knowledge and skill.
  • Are self-aware and have a strong understanding of their gaps in knowledge and skill.
  • Have strong self-discipline and self-motivation.
  • Will be engaged in the program and will work hard to meet its requirements.

*It is suggested that the principal choose only team members with whom she/he has worked for at least one semester in order to determine if those team members meet the above qualifications.