Talent Acquisition and Development | Principal Preparation Program

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. The program provides cohort members the opportunity to gain targeted, timely, and personalized professional learning with a focus on the qualities and skills needed to lead an Austin ISD campus. Course content is aligned to the AISD Leadership Framework with the goal of operationalizing the AISD Strategic Plan: 2015-2020 Key Action Step to "Create a rigorous and scalable pipeline for principals and assistant principals."

Principal working with student

Objectives

  • To prepare current assistant principals and academy directors for an Austin ISD principalship. 
  • To facilitate professional growth for participants that positively impacts current and future leadership roles.
  • To build a cadre of well-prepared urban school leaders who successfully transition into positions as interim and permanent principal. 

Cohort Selection

  • Announcement of upcoming cohort and call for applications takes place in the spring.
  • Applicant submissions are screened by a committee comprised of leaders from the Office of Talent Acquisition and Development, Human Resources, and the Office of Teaching and Learning.
  • Academy appointments are announced in May for the upcoming school year.

Cohort Criteria

  • Hold current position as campus administrator in Austin ISD.
  • At least two or more years of service as a campus administrator (including the year of application).
  • Previous P3 and PPA members are not eligible to apply.

2018-2019 Cohort Application Information

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2017-2018 Cohort Members 

2017-2018 Principal Preparation Program Cohort

2016-2017 Cohort Alumni

2016-2017 Principal Pathway Academy Cohort

2015-2016 Cohort Alumni

 2015-2016 Principal Pathway Academy Cohort

Program Components

  • Face-to-face professional learning with senior District leaders and Learning Walks at AISD campuses to observe organizational practices and discuss leadership with current principals.
  • Book study (The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins) and member-driven virtual learning through BLEND learning positioning system.
  • Individual support sessions – four on-site at P3 cohort member campus.

Program Syllabus

2017-2018 Principal Preparation Program Syllabus