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San Antonio ISD is committed to providing opportunities for the growth and advancement of staff members throughout the course of their careers in the District. The District recognizes that its best future leaders are already members of the SAISD community and has developed a number of programs to identify and prepare the next cohort of teacher leaders, school-based leaders, and district leaders. The mission of the SAISD Leadership Development Programs is to empower SAISD leaders with knowledge and skills to lead colleagues in affecting transformational changes in the urban school setting of SAISD.

Participants of a Leadership Development Program should expect to:

  • strengthen knowledge and skills aligned to the roles(s) for which the leadership program is preparing them;
  • build a network of peers who share similar interests and goals;
  • provide opportunities for enhanced learning, reflection, and future support or mentorship; and
  • pursue career development options and receive support with the skills needed to be successful in these efforts.

The Leadership Development Programs include ongoing opportunities to participate in professional learning in person, synchronously via Zoom, or in self-paced modules.

  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ACADEMIES

    The Leadership Development Academies select a cohort of candidates each spring for a year-long intensive series of experiences aimed at strengthening the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of instructional staff to assume additional roles and responsibilities in campus and district leadership.  The Leadership Development Academies are:

    • Aspiring Principal
    • Aspiring Assistant Principal
    • Academics Leadership
    • Teacher Leadership
    • Mentor Fellows

    For more information about our Leadership Development Academies please view our Leadership Development Academies Brochure.

    front cover of leadership academies brochure.
    The Teacher Leader Academy is designed to develop transformational teacher leaders by increasing teacher capacity, improving school culture, and advancing student achievement.  The Teacher Leader Academy will provide 32 hours of face to face professional development. Participants who complete the Teacher Leader Academy will become ideal candidates to fill the roles of department chairs, ACTs and other campus based leadership positions, formal and informal.

    Target Audience

    Teachers

     

    Potential Pathway

    PLC Leader, Department Chair, Academic Coordinator Teacher (ACT)

     

    Required Experience

    4 years teaching experience

     

    Program Features

    30 hours of Synchronous Learning 

    Peer Observations

    Leading Professional Development

    Capstone Project and Poster Session

     

    Minimum Required Performance Evaluation Criterion

    9 of 16 Proficient (or equivalent) or higher, with no Improvement Needed (or equivalent), and Proficient in all dimensions of Domain 4 (or equivalent) of the employee's EOY appraisal.

    For more information regarding the Teacher Leader Academy, please email curriculum@saisd.net or reach out to Kendra Doyle, Executive Director for Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment via email at kdoyle1@saisd.net.

    The purpose of the Mentor Fellows Academy is to empower and embolden mentor educators to provide individualized and targeted support for beginning educators and to promote a positive mentoring culture at their campus. The Academy enrolls between 20 and 25 teachers each year into the intensive professional learning program. The Academy was designed for teachers with mentoring experience who wish to engage in a scholarly pursuit of the best practices of mentoring from a theoretical and practical perspective.


    Target Audience

    Teachers


    Target Cohort Size
    20-25


    Potential Pathway
    Campus- or district-based new teacher mentor, Instructional Coach, or other leadership positions


    Required Experience

    4 years teaching experience
    Experience mentoring a first- or second-year teacher


    Interview and/or Performance Task Required

    No


    Program Features

    18 hours synchronous professional learning
    15 hours asynchronous professional learning

    Weekly meeting with assigned new teacher
    Capstone Project and Poster Presentation


    Selected Topics of Study

    Best Practices for Mentoring; Coaching to Improve Instruction and the Learning Environment; Cultural Proficiency and Knowledge of Self; Creating and Sustaining Mentoring Communities


    Minimum Required Performance Evaluation Criterion
    Proficient (or equivalent) or higher in all dimensions of the employee's EOY appraisal


    The Academy contact is Carrie Culpepper, Director of New Teacher Initiatives and Retention. She can be reached by email at cculpepper1@saisd.net or by phone at 210-554-8521.
    The Academics Leadership Academy is designed to serve as a pipeline, developing instructional leaders and qualified candidates for positions in the Office of Academics, and to enhance teaching and learning across the district. The Academics Leadership Academy will provide 48 hours of face to face professional development. Participants who complete the Academics Leadership Academy will have priority selection for any instructional specialist openings in the Office of Academics, and strong consideration for any coordinator or director roles.

    Target Audience

    Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Instructional Specialists

     

    Potential Pathway

    Instructional Coach, Instructional Specialist, Academics Coordinator, Academics Director

     

    Required Experience

    4 years teaching experience

     

    Program Features

    30 hours of Synchronous Learning 

    Job Shadowing

    Leading Large-Scale Professional Development

    Capstone Project and Poster Presentation

    Conference Attendance

     

    Minimum Required Performance Evaluation Criterion

    Proficient (or equivalent) or higher in all dimensions of the employee's EOY appraisal.

    For more information regarding the Academics Leadership Academy, please email curriculum@saisd.net or reach out to Kendra Doyle, Executive Director for Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment via email at kdoyle1@saisd.net.
    The Aspiring Assistant Principal Academy is designed to serve as a leadership pipeline, developing highly skilled teachers into qualified candidates for campus based leadership positions including Assistant and Associate Principal.  The Aspiring AP Academy will provide synchronous and asynchronous professional development including opportunities to observe, participate in, and lead learning.  Participants who complete the Aspiring AP Academy will be well prepared as strong candidates for assistant principal vacancies and for other leadership roles.

    Target Audience

    Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Instructional Specialists

    Potential Pathway

    Assistant Principal, Associate Principal, Program Coordinator

    Required Experience

    4 years teaching experience

    Masters degree

    Valid Texas Principal Certification

    Program Features

    Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning 

    Job Shadowing

    Leading Large-Scale Professional Development

    Capstone Project

    Conference Attendance

    Minimum Required Performance Evaluation Criterion

    Proficient (or equivalent) or higher in all dimensions of the employee's EOY appraisal.

     

    aspiring assistant principal overview
    The Aspiring Principal Academy is designed to serve as a leadership pipeline, developing highly skilled Assistant Principals for the role of campus Principal.  The Aspiring Principal Academy will provide synchronous and asynchronous professional development including opportunities to observe, participate in, and lead learning.  Participants who complete the Aspiring Principal Academy will be well prepared as strong candidates for principal vacancies and for other leadership roles.

    Target Audience

    Experienced assistant or associate principals

    Potential Pathway

    Principal, Program Coordinator

    Required Experience

    4 years teaching experience

    2 years campus or district leadership

    Masters degree

    Valid Texas Principal Certification

    Program Features

    Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning 

    Job Shadowing

    Bexar PREP

    Leading Large-Scale Professional Development

    Capstone Project

    Conference Attendance

    Minimum Required Performance Evaluation Criterion

    Proficient (or equivalent) or higher in all dimensions of the employee's EOY appraisal.

    aspiring principal overview
  • This program provides a strong foundation in the systems, practices, and beliefs around coaching within SAISD. This program focuses on providing one-to-one mentorship relationships as well as guidance throughout the first year within the district. This is done in partnership with the principal in order to create a mutual understanding at the campus level of what instructional coaching looks like specific to the campus needs.

    Audience

    Year 1 to 3 Campus-Based Instructional Coaches

    Goals

    • Provide a basic understanding of resources, systems, structures, and beliefs around student-centered coaching within SAISD.
    • Build relationships with both principal and coach in order to create a mutual understanding of instructional coach roles.

    Program Features

  • Visit our Educator Career Pathways page for information about Graduate Programs with our local university partners: Our Lady of the Lake, Texas A&M San Antonio, Trinity University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. 
  • Preservice teachers should visit the Educator Preparation Partnership page for details about student observation, clinical teaching, and job opportunities for undergraduate students.

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