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.
Leading urban schools is a complex job. Imagine if aspiring school leaders could spend a year implementing high-leverage strategies in schools, debriefing with an expert coach, and learning tricks of the trade from an accomplished mentor principal. The Residency Year is a distinguishing component of our Aspiring Leaders Program, giving future school leaders the chance to hone their leadership skills while receiving on-the-job coaching from Teaching Trust staff committed to helping them reach their highest potential.
Our Alumni Network is wrapping up another busy spring facilitating connections and learning opportunities among our 600+ program participants and alumni. Building on the excitement from January's Leading to Impact Summit, the Alumni Network sponsored school visits to KIPP SHARP in Houston and Uplift Williams in Dallas and hosted a sold-out training focused on building foundations in K-2 literacy.
Six years into our work, Teaching Trust is working with more than 600 leaders committed to achieving better outcomes for students. We publish our annual Impact Report as a way to hold ourselves accountable for making progress, achieving our desired impact, and getting better every year. Through this report, we also celebrate the work of school leaders who are making a difference in the lives of their students.
Imagine the energy in the building as more than 250 high-performing educators gathered for a day of learning and collaboration, punctuated by inspirational keynote speakers and topical content sessions. This was the scene on Saturday, February 4th as Teaching Trust hosted our 2017 Alumni Network “Leading to Impact Summit” at the George W. Bush Institute. This year’s theme was “Transformation Takes Trust,” offering our current Leadership Program participants and alumni school leaders new perspectives and actionable strategies to develop trust in schools and in their daily lives through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Teaching Trust’s CEO, Patrick Haugh, welcomed attendees and reflected on the immediate need for leadership, noting, “now is precisely the right time for educators to convene and engage in these topics on behalf of students and families.”
Beverley Alridge Wright, founder of Dallas Dinner Table, kicked off the day with an inspirational speech expounding on the foundational importance trust-building. She also helped set a growth mindset for the day, reminding those gathered that leadership is “not about perfection; it’s about progress.”
Participants spent the day engaging in breakout sessions led by experts from organizations such as Momentous Institute, Border Crossers, TNTP, Teach For America - DFW, Relay Graduate School of Education, and Teaching Trust alumni. Kim Marshall, editor of “The Marshall Memo” and educational thought-leader, led sessions on critical strategies to improve classroom instruction including giving effective feedback and differentiation.
Dr. Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, concluded the Summit with a powerful reminder to all Teaching Trust leaders working to improve the lives of students across Dallas-Fort Worth: “The needs of the community supercede the wants of the individual. You don’t get to be selfish when you choose to lead.” Dr. Sorrell noted the inequities and injustices that persist in the communities we serve and challenged participants to consider and embrace their role as agents of change.
The large, dynamic community of educators investing a full Saturday at the Summit highlighted the commitment of our growing network of Teaching Trust alumni leaders to improving their own practice and building trust with their staff, students, and families.
The impact of the day’s lessons were not limited to Teaching Trust’s work in schools, but they have broader implications for the future society that our leaders are shaping. One alumni leader reflected, “It was so powerful and important to have sessions on trust and speakers like Dr. Sorrell in our current world. Thank you for addressing our civic responsibility in growing authentic trust in our work.”