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

Teaching Trust Provides Innovative Training & Development for Dallas ISD's ACE Initiative

Teaching Trust is pleased to be partnering with Dallas ISD this year in support of the district’s Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) initiative, originally launched in 2015 as part of a broader effort to improve chronically underperforming schools. Through ACE, Dallas ISD recruits top principals and teachers to relocate and work at these high-need schools. Based on the initial success of the program, DISD is expanding the ACE initiative to six new campuses for the 2017-18 school year.


Several Teaching Trust-trained leaders were tapped to serve in leadership roles in this year’s ACE initiative. Along with the five principals who led ACE schools at the start of the initiative and are Alumni of Teaching Trust Leadership Programs, three Teaching Trust leaders will begin serving as principals of the district's new ACE schools for the upcoming school year. In addition to these highly effective principals, many Teaching Trust-trained leaders work in other leadership roles on ACE campuses, including assistant principals, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders.

Beginning this year, Teaching Trust is taking on a larger role in supporting the ACE initiative by providing leadership development programming specifically and exclusively designed for the 13 ACE principals and their leadership teams. The content is rooted in Teaching Trust’s core content focused on building highly effective teams driving toward improved academic outcomes. Through a series of professional development sessions, Teaching Trust staff will focus on key practices needed to build team effectiveness, such as leading with trust, engaging in healthy conflict, and accountability.

Through this team-based approach to school-wide improvement, Dallas ISD hopes to ensure that all students enrolled in ACE schools experience positive learning environments led by teams of educators focused on helping them achieve their best possible academic and life outcomes.

“Dallas ISD continues to be committed to improving outcomes for all students, and we are encouraged by the early results of our ACE campuses, as six of the seven schools met state academic accountability requirements and earned thirteen academic distinctions,” says Jolee Healy, Assistant Superintendent leading ACE Schools. “Teaching Trust is an important partner in this work to support campuses that are changing the odds for students.”

Teaching Trust is proud to partner with a district committed to improving academic opportunities for all students. We salute Dallas ISD for leading the state in reducing the number of students who are educated in “Improvement Required” Schools, having cut that number in half over the past two years through innovative initiatives such as the ACE program.


2017-2018 ACE Campuses Led By a Teaching Trust-Trained Principal:

  • Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School – Principal Laura Garza
  • Billy Earl Dade Middle School – Principal Tracie Washington
  • J.N. Ervin Elementary School* – Principal James Wallace
  • Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School* – Principal Oscar Aponte
  • Sarah Zumwalt Middle School – Principal Troy Tyson
  • Thomas A. Edison Middle Learning Center – Principal Earl Gilmore
  • Thomas J. Rusk Middle School* – Principal Juan Cordoba
  • Umphrey Lee Elementary School – Principal Roshonda Clayton-Brown

*Indicates a new ACE school for the 2017-2018 school year.


For more information about Dallas ISD’s ACE program, click here.


CEO Summer Reflections: Looking Back & Looking Forward

It’s been a busy summer here at Teaching Trust and for many educators all across North Texas. We were thrilled to welcome 365 program participants to our Aspiring Leaders, Leadership Teams, and Ed Fellows Programs with Summer Intensive programming throughout the summer. We also launched our inaugural Leadership Teams Program in Fort Worth ISD in partnership with the Texas Education Agency and the Region 11 Education Service Center, as well as kicked off programming with Dallas ISD’s ACE Campuses. Across all of this summer programming, Teaching Trust staff and participating educators invested more than 450 hours in learning and professional development sessions to improve their own capabilities and drive better outcomes for students across our community.

In particular, I want to reflect on our Leadership Teams programming as we start the new year. Started as a pilot four years ago, this teams-based training program has become one of our largest and most impactful efforts. A truly successful school that meets the needs of all its students cannot be achieved by a singular leader. Teachers need good principals, and good principals need good teams. We believe that effective leaders achieve the strongest outcomes for students by building a deep bench of leadership on their campuses and effectively distributing roles and responsibilities amongst those leaders.

The other thing on our minds here at Teaching Trust is the importance of approaching our work with a growth mindset. Carol Dweck, a leading researcher in the field of motivation and mindsets, has written and researched extensively on the importance of establishing a growth mindset in our children. At Teaching Trust, we have made it an organization-wide priority to develop a growth mindset across our own team. In our work with educators across Dallas-Fort Worth, we seek continual improvement, reflect on our past successes and failings, and believe all educators – when given the training, coaching, and support they need – will continue to learn and improve their craft for the benefit of their students.

We are grateful to be working with so many educators, school and district partners, funders, and the broader community on this work. Many of you have asked how you can support Teaching Trust. I’m excited to announce that thanks to several generous funders, we just launched the $5k New Donor Match Campaign. Details can be found on our website or on the $5k Match Campaign Flyer

In closing, here’s to the 750 program participants and alumni of Teaching Trust working in 140+ schools reaching 70,000 children each and every day. May the 2017 – 18 school year be our most impactful year yet!


Patrick Haugh
Chief Executive Officer, Teaching Trust

Dallas ISD's School Choice Initiative: An Innovative Option for Teaching Trust Leaders

Dallas ISD's new School Choice Initiative seeks to expand choice school options for students and families across the district, and several Teaching Trust-trained leaders are taking advantage of the opportunity to serve Dallas students in an innovative way. We are proud to share that six out of the ten schools that have been selected for Dallas ISD's competitive Public School Choice initiative to date have been served by Teaching Trust programs.