Educator Quality | Leadership Development

The Department of Leadership Development

Developing a sustainable and scalable pipeline of outstanding urban school leaders is a vital component of the Austin ISD Strategic Plan: 2015-2020. Austin's diverse student population deserves the very best administrators with the knowledge, skills, talents, and experiences to courageously lead our schools for years to come! The AISD Department of Leadership Development is committed to executing our mission and vision through the creation, implementation, and improvement of our Pathway Academies as well as our induction and ongoing support for new principals and assistant principals. Together we are Reinventing the Urban School Experience!

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 The Austin ISD Leadership Pipeline provides the knowledge, skills and experiences through our academy programs to ensure a high level of readiness to assume the role of a campus leader. 

University Partnerships - Through partnerships with Texas State and the University of Texas, Austin ISD seeks to provide specific experiences as teachers get their masters and principal certification. 

Assistant Principal Pathway Academy - This program is designed for teachers who already have their masters and principal certification. Curriculum focuses on providing specific Austin ISD content and preparing cohort members for campus leadership in an urban setting. 

New Assistant Principal Induction and Support - Each summer our new assistant principals come together to prepare for their leadership on an Austin ISD campus. Support is provided throughout the year in blended formats such as PLCs and conference learning. 

Principal Pathway Academy - Our outstanding assistant principals are selected for this program that prepares them for the principalship in Austin ISD. These cohort members attend sessions with district leadership to increase their knowledge of AISD initiatives and understand the signficance of their role in creating an effective, agile and responsive organization. 

New Principal Induction and Support - All principals new to AISD or new to the principalship attend a two day institute in the summer. This institute helps them gain the foundational knowledge of Austin ISD initiatives and prepares them to start the year on their campus as the principal. Ongoing support is provided through the Novice Principal Coaching Program.