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Principals' Institute Fact Sheet


In 2010, the Principals’ Institute (PI) was established with an emphasis on operationalizing the work of the superintendents’ Visioning Institute and its product, Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas (Visioning Document). PI is a year-long professional development series that provides a unique opportunity for principals to understand why transformation of public education is necessary, and develop the knowledge and skills required to lead and build the capacity to sustain transformation over time. The future of Texas public schools depends on the quality of its leaders. Attending PI allows principals to experience one of the most noteworthy professional growth opportunities in their careers and collaborate with the innovative PI network that now stretches nationwide. In 2017, PI introduced Schools Transforming Learning, a designation program recognizing campuses led by PI principals that are making exceptional strides toward transforming learning for students.

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Two cohorts, each comprised of approximately 40-60 principals will join the elite group of 473 educational leaders from across Texas who have participated in PI. The PI network expands to superintendents; speakers such as Alan November, Rob Evans, Eric Sheninger, John Tanner, George Couros, and Jimmy Casas; and statewide leadership representing TASA.


PI is held over the course of a school year in a series of six, 2-day meetings that rotate locations between Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

2020-2021 Schedule

Session 1: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown
Session 2: Oct. 27-28, 2020
Hilton Dallas/Park Cities
Session 3: Dec. 1-2, 2020
Hilton Houston Post Oak
Session 4: Jan. 27-28, 2021
Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown
Session 5: Mar. 23-24, 2021
Hilton Dallas/Park Cities
Session 6: June 3-4, 2021
Hilton Houston Post Oak


With guidance from PI leadership and facilitators, participants operationalize the principles of the Visioning Document, develop leadership skills and knowledge aligned with leadership research, provide innovative learning opportunities, connect and collaborate with the PI network, and become reflective leaders and learners.


Session 1: Charge, establish culture for the cohort group, study articles of the Visioning Document and other relevant publications, choose accountability partners, focus on Twitter as a resource, introduce resources and tools for reflection. Session 4: Guest speaker John Tanner, focus on true accountability, advocacy, superintendent voice, building collegiality, identifying implications of change, personal change, opportunity to attend TASA Midwinter.
Session 2: Guest speaker Alan November, focus on adding value to the learning environment, inspire creative and innovative thinking, leading change, encourage collaboration outside of sessions. Session 5: Cumulative learning, future planning, Transformation Target, telling your story, ongoing transformation and connections.
Session 3: Guest speaker Rob Evans, coping with the real-life issues related to leading change, student voice, Transformation Target. Session 6: Participants from all cohort groups invited to attend; discussions, keynote speaker, participant presentations sharing campus work as a result of PI, roundtable and panel discussions, celebrate Schools Transforming Learning.


As a 20-year administrator, The Principals' Institute has done more to shape my leadership than any other single experience. If you thrive in an environment of passionate educators, committed to transform public education, you will find it here. The topics discussed are thought-provoking, and you will leave every experience with ideas that will help you succeed in your work. Join us and connect to greatness! - Mark McCord, Katy ISD

Being a member of the Texas Principals' Institute has been the BEST experience of my professional career. Through the Institute, I was able to collaborate and establish relationships with some of the top principals in the state. I am so thankful to my superintendent for sending me on such a worthwhile journey. I am a better leader and principal for it! - Angie Davis, Waller ISD

The Principals' Institute was the most valuable professional learning experience that I have ever had as a leader. It was authentic, purposeful, relevant, and focused on the needs of students and staff. It equipped me with the necessary tools to be a transformational leader who is ready to transform public education in Texas. - Dr. Sanee Bell, Katy ISD

Being a part of the Principals' Institute has been the best professional development experience I have had since becoming an administrator. As a result of the Principals' Institute my thinking about public schools has been stretched to the max and I have been challenged to make indepth examinations of how public education looks currently versus how it could and should look in my school. - Jeff Mann, College Station ISD

Participating in the Principal’s Visioning Institute has been one of the highlights of my career. I left each session feeling re-energized, more grounded in the vision for 21st century schools, and more confident in my abilities at leading transformation on my campus. It truly was the ultimate gift! - Kristi King, Northwest ISD

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