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.