A master opportunity

The Aspiring Leaders Program is looking for teachers and instructional coaches who have strong leadership potential for an opportunity with a unique program offered through Southern Methodist University.

This long-standing, valuable partnership between Dallas ISD and the Aspiring Leaders Program is designed for teachers or instructional coaches who are interested in earning a Master’s in Urban Educational Leadership and are seeking a campus administrator or other leadership role in Dallas ISD.

The LEAD department and SMU will be hosting a virtual information session about this program at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.  Those who are interested in attending can register at https://tiny.cc/infosessionrsvp.

The program:

  • Is rigorous and competency based. The two-year program includes a second-year residency, including coaching support and culminates in a master’s in urban educational leadership from SMU.
  • Is for ascending Leaders. In Dallas ISD, more than 100 ALP alumni and participants serve in leadership roles, including 25 current principals and 52 assistant principals.
  • Offers tuition reimbursement. The district will potentially provide partial tuition reimbursement for participants in this program.

The Aspiring Leaders Program is designed for individuals who do not currently have their master’s degree.  However, if their degree is in something other than educational leadership and they are seeking an additional one, they are still eligible to apply.  This cohort of participants may potentially be eligible to hire as assistant principals as early as Spring 2022.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact LEAD@dallasisd.org or visit www.smu.edu/urbanleader.


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