Back to School: Reflections and Gratitude from Teaching Trust CEO, Patrick Haugh

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This was the enthusiastic chant my daughter passionately greeted me with tonight, at the conclusion of her first day of “big-kid” school at SOLAR Preparatory School for Girls, a public elementary school in North Dallas.

Morning dropoff checked some of the familiar boxes: anxious butterflies about new surroundings and unfamiliar faces, excited school staff double-checking rosters and classrooms to make sure students and parents were accurately directed, and tearful hugs from emotional parents as their children embarked on this new school year.  

What wasn’t expected -- and is something for which I am so grateful -- was the feeling of confidence I had dropping Birdie off at a school led by a true TEAM of leaders, many of whom are Teaching Trust alumni. It is clear that the team at SOLAR is on to something. The data backs this up, as does the vital, dynamic school culture that emphasizes high expectations and performance-based learning.

As the parent to two young children, I am privileged and fortunate to live in a city that is investing in leadership and empowering great teams to develop and operate schools that are creating life-changing educational opportunities for kids. I also know many students are waking up every day and going to schools in the DFW region that are not yet prepared to serve them well. At Teaching Trust, we are part of a community of educators and advocates working to change the reality. 

Teaching Trust leaders are a testament to the power of what schools can become when strong teams of leaders are maintained as a core priority in elementary and secondary education. We extend our gratitude to our leaders for the incredible effort they put into the schools in which they work on a daily basis. Their work, individually and collectively, has had a profound and growing impact on more than 80,000 students in over 150 schools in the DFW region.

Something very exciting is brewing in schools across North TX.  And on this first day of the school year, I couldn’t be more excited about the impact that leaders and teams across the region are having on students – thus bolstering my conviction about what matters most to significant, sustained improvement: great leaders leading great teams, and great teams leading to great schools.

This is why TT exists. This is why we do this work.


With gratitude,


Patrick Haugh


What are you excited about this school year? Find us on Twitter and join the conversation by using #backtoschoolDFW.


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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.

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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!