Teaching Trust

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The Teaching Trust is an innovative model for school leadership focused on developing principals, teachers, and leadership teams by equipping them with the skills and abilities required to “move the needle” in instructional practices and student achievement. Raise Your Hand Texas provided a grant to the Teaching Trust to support its efforts.

Serving more than 300 practitioners in the North Texas region to date, the Teaching Trust achieves its objectives through three aligned programs:

  • Aspiring Ed Leaders, in partnership with Southern Methodist University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, prepares future school leaders for the challenging work of leading effective teams to drive improvement in complex, urban schools.
  • Executive Ed for Teams prepares school leadership teams for building capacity in order to drive and sustain significant improvement in culture, instruction, and academic performance in their schools.
  • Ed Fellows develops teacher-leaders who are committed to improving instructional skills and influencing the implementation of practices that will improve student outcomes.

All three programs are designed to help principal- and teacher-leaders transform schools in order to eliminate the achievement gap and ensure that all children are given an extraordinary education.


Million dollars invested (through 2018)

Dallas Area

The program allowed our team to come together, create a vision and a plan for change and then implement work that led to increased student achievement. Overall, the program equipped us with the tools to improve student culture and staff morale, which helped us begin the transformation for John Quincy Adams scholars.
Principal Nancy Bernardino
John Quincy Adams Elementary - Dallas ISD