The Department of Leadership Development

At Austin ISD, we encourage you to pursue leadership opportunities and we have a robust training program to support your journey.

  • The AISD Urban Education Leadership Academy provides a year-long training for prospective principals and assistant principals. Participants receive training based on AISD’s curriculum and have monthly opportunities to learn from district leaders.
  • Through a special collaboration with AISD, Texas State University offers a master’s program for select AISD teachers working on a principal certification.
  • The AISD Novice Principal Program supports new principals through a new principal institute, and the new principal cohort meets for monthly gatherings.
  • In addition to these programs, AISD also offers a professional learning series for assistant principals during the school year and summer.

AISD has crafted a leadership training experience that incorporates a tailored curriculum, multiple learning modalities and valuable face time with seasoned mentors. At AISD, we actively help you achieve your goals and support your growth as an aspiring leader.

Are you interested in being a campus leader in AISD?

In order to best serve our students, staff, and campus communities, AISD has developed a leadership framework that encompasses the skills and knowledge campus administrators must possess to provide a positive impact on the learning community. The AISD Leadership Framework is composed of four competencies and seventeen indicators.

All interested applicants who are not currently AISD principals should follow the linked hiring process before completing an application. 


August - March: Peak recruitment season; Recruitment is conducted year-long

October - April: Peak application season; Applications are reviewed

November - April: HireVue invitations sent to qualified candidates

October - May: Vacancies are announced and posted

October - May: Qualified candidates identified for vacancies

November - May: Interviews conducted with qualified candidates

November - May: Peak season for notifying Board of Trustees. 

Leadership Preparation Programs and Opportunities

Urban Education Leadership Academy 


Assistant Principal Evening Learning Series

All AISD assistant principals are invited to attend our AP Evening Learning Series sessions. These evenings are dedicated to the personal and professional capacity growth of our assistant principals. All content is aligned with the AISD Leadership Framework.

Dates: All sessions will be held from 5-7 pm

Assistant Principal Preparation Program (AP3)

Assistant Principals in Austin ISD must understand the dynamics and culture of not only their campuses, but the diversity, needs, and vision for the district as a whole. The Assistant Principal Preparation Program (AP3), prepares a select cohort of experienced Austin ISD educators to become assistant principals.

Learn more.


Principal Preparation Program

The Principal Preparation Program (P3) is designed to prepare a select cohort of experienced Austin ISD assistant principals and academy directors to successfully enter the urban principalship.

Learn more.


New Principal Institute 

For those new to AISD or new to the principalship, the New Principal Institute is a two-day induction program facilitated by district leaders which focuses on teaching the core AISD leadership initiatives to lay the foundation for leading a successful school community.

New Principal Sessions

New principals meet monthly to learn and collaborate on timely topics that support their ongoing learning and long term success as a school leader. 


The University of Texas at Austin Texas Principal Leadership Academy

Interested in pursuing a Master of Education and Principalship Certification?

For more information, visit us online to learn about our Principalship Program!


Texas State University