Looking Back and Striving Forward

Teaching Trust Partners with Fort Worth ISD, TEA, & ESC Region 11

This year, Teaching Trust is working with over 750 educators across 140+ schools through intensive professional development, coaching, and support. We are proud to have expanded the reach of our Leadership Teams program to Fort Worth through a partnership with the Fort Worth ISD, TEA, & ESC Region 11. This year, for the first time 14 campuses and 4 principal supervisors are experiencing this program in Fort Worth.

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Bambrick’s Back!

In September, we welcomed national education leader Paul Bambrick-Santoyo back to Dallas for two days of professional learning and development. During day one, principal supervisors joined Paul Bambrick-Santoyo to learn and practice strategies to support the instructional growth of school leaders, bolster instructional practices across their portfolio of schools, and ensure students are learning to their greatest potential. The following day, campus teams engaged in intensive training focused on leading effective weekly data meetings, in which participants practiced planning and leading meetings that leverage assessment data to maximize student achievement.

The Teaching Trust Alumni Network also conducted several multi-part workshops including the following:

  • D3 - Deconstruct, Design, Deliver: Math Systems for Student Achievement -  Attendees learned to design and implement effective math instruction aimed at developing student fluency and number sense, helping students to articulate their math knowledge, and building student ownership over math growth.

  • Readers for Life: Developing and Executing a Vision for Excellent Reading Instruction - Campus teams created a vision for excellent literacy instruction that fosters a love of reading and actively engages students in rigorous reading and literary discourse.

  • Guided Reading: Building Foundations in K-2 Literacy - Educators developed skills to improve the quality of K-2 literacy instruction across their campuses.

We look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for educators across Dallas-Fort Worth to experience high-quality professional development and hope to see you at the Third Annual Leading to Impact Summit on February 3!

District Recognizes Outstanding Leadership

Three of the six Dallas ISD Principal of the Year finalists and both the Elementary and Secondary Principal of the Year winners are Teaching Trust trained leaders.

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We are proud to recognize Lourdes Garduño (Winnetka Elementary School), Laura Garza (Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School), and Danielle Petters (H. Grady Spruce High School) for all they do each day to build great schools for their students and for our community.

Each year, the award is presented to one elementary and one secondary principal who have distinguished themselves by providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to their profession.

Congratulations to the Elementary Principal of the Year, Laura Garza, and the Secondary Principal of the Year, Danielle Petters!

We are proud of the more than 750 dynamic educators within our community of educators who are making a positive impact in schools across Dallas-Fort Worth. We know there are countless ways our leaders are being recognized formally and informally and look forward to celebrating those milestones together.

If you have exciting news to share, please reach out to admin@teachingtrust.org.

Exciting Updates to Teaching Trust Programming

At Teaching Trust, we believe that great leaders transform schools. We also know that a single leader cannot transform a school alone. It takes a team to achieve significant, sustained improvement for students.

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Throughout the past year, our organization has engaged in a strategic planning effort to ensure that we are maximizing our impact on school leaders, leadership teams, and students across North Texas.

As a result of these efforts, we are excited to announce that we are evolving our programmatic approach for the 2018-19 school year – moving from standalone programs across a broad array of schools to more integrated programming across a more focused set of schools.

The following programmatic updates will be made in the 2018-19 school year:

  • Teaching Trust is engaged in discussions with district partners to continue the Leadership Teams Program in school year 2018-19.

  • In partnership with Southern Methodist University, Teaching Trust is actively recruiting a new cohort of future school leaders for the Aspiring Leaders Program. Please visit the Aspiring Leaders section of our website to learn more.

  • The Ed Fellows Program will be put on hold for the 2018-19 school year while we determine the best approach to integrating Teacher Leader training, development, and support into a more teams-based approach for school transformation. We know that teacher development is vital to a school’s success and we are excited to continue working with teachers as part of the Leadership Teams program.

We are exploring opportunities that will allow us to support teachers in the most aligned and impactful ways possible. As such, we will not be recruiting a new class of Ed Fellows for the upcoming school year. Educators interested in teacher leader training are encouraged to work with their campus leaders to determine if the Leadership Teams program is right for their campus. Teachers should also visit the Alumni Network Events section on our website for additional professional development opportunities.

We look forward to keeping you informed as we continue to enhance Teaching Trust’s next generation of programming!

Teaching Trust Goes West

Teaching Trust is proud to announce our new partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Fort Worth ISD, and the Region 11 Education Service Center.

With support and funding from the Texas Education Agency, Teaching Trust will provide training and support for principals and their leadership teams in 14 schools, impacting 8,500 Fort Worth ISD students. Included in this program are all five schools in Fort Worth ISD’s new Leadership Academies initiative, aimed at turning around historically underperforming schools. In addition, the four district-level principal supervisors who oversee the participating schools will learn alongside their school teams and receive additional training tailored to the unique needs of their roles. Teaching Trust is excited for the opportunity to engage leaders at multiple levels in Fort Worth ISD, which we believe will amplify the impact of this work.

This new effort builds on the past four years of foundational work developing the Teaching Trust Leadership Teams Program and working with campuses in Dallas ISD, Uplift Education, and Irving ISD. Through our Leadership Teams Program, Teaching Trust helps bolster leadership capacity by training and supporting campus leadership teams to create a more positive learning environment for all students. The data reflects that this team-based approach is impactful: an analysis from Boston Consulting Group found that 86% of schools led by Teaching Trust-trained Leadership Teams are closing the achievement gap faster than peer schools.

The expansion of the Teaching Trust Leadership Teams Program to Fort Worth is part of a broader strategy by the TEA to develop instructional capacity, as well as recruit, support, and retain teachers and principals. Through their Instructional Leadership Initiative, the TEA hopes to better prepare school leaders and their managers to drive student success.

At Teaching Trust, we know it takes more than a singular heroic leader to affect change on a school campus. The Leadership Teams Program is anchored in our belief that in order to drive gains in student academic performance, principals must build the capacity of their leadership teams so that all adults in the building are aligned and working at their highest potential. Significant and sustained progress is only possible when leadership teams are unified and consistent on the key levers of instruction, student culture, and team effectiveness.

In late July, educators participating in the Fort Worth Leadership Teams Program convened for a week-long Summer Intensive, diving into the foundational principles and practices that will be the focus of their work all year. Throughout the school year, Leadership Teams will reconvene for ten monthly sessions designed to build leadership capacity and will receive ongoing coaching and support from Teaching Trust staff.

We are grateful for this partnership with Fort Worth ISD, TEA, and the Region 11 Education Service Center, and we look forward to a very impactful school year!


Participating Fort Worth ISD School Campuses Include:

  • Benbrook Middle/High School
  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School
  • Charles Nash Elementary School
  • Como Elementary School*
  • Forest Oak Middle School*
  • J. Martin Jacquet Middle School
  • John T. White Elementary School*
  • Lowery Road Elementary School
  • Maude Logan Elementary School*
  • Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School
  • Mitchell Blvd. Elementary School*
  • Rufino Mendoza Elementary School
  • Stripling Middle School
  • West Handley Elementary School

*Indicates a Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy.

For more information about our expansion to Fort Worth, click here.


FWISD Leadership Teams Summer Intensive