Principals' Institute
Schools Transforming Learning Designation Program

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Now in its ninth year, the Principals’ Institute (PI) network is stronger than ever. Transformation on campuses and in classrooms is very evident. During the 2016-17 school year, PI launched the Schools Transforming Learning (STL) designation program. STL is designed to honor and showcase the work of campuses that are led by current or former PIs and making exceptional strides on their journeys to provide innovative learning opportunities for all students. Since 2017, 59 campuses earned the Schools Transforming Learning distinguished designation.

STL helps publicly share the stories of outstanding PI campuses and recognize those leading the work. It is an avenue for those both in and out of the PI network to collaborate and inspire transformational learning through virtual and/or in-person STL campus tours.

Each year, new STL campuses will be announced during the PI Summer Conference. See additional details and application timeline below for details.


  • Identify and recognize schools led by former and current PI participants that are transforming learning to a high degree based on one or more of the concepts/articles of Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas (Visioning Document)
  • Share a description of each designated campus’ work
  • Identify designated campuses as schools to visit


  • Campus work aligns with at least one article in the Visioning Document.
  • Work is focused on transforming learning while ensuring student engagement.
  • A higher-level of teaching and learning is a result of passionate educators willing to take risks in a student-centered environment.
  • A positive campus culture, one that values relationships, collaboration, and risk-taking, is at the core of the school.
  • Campus leadership is clear in their why and focused on empowering and inspiring others.


What Campuses Are Eligible for Nomination?
  • Campuses led by a former and current PIs that have not already been designated.
Who Can Nominate a Campus?
  • PIs can nominate their campuses
  • Superintendents or designated central administration representatives may nominate one or more campuses
How to Nominate a Campus (Nomination packets must contain ALL items listed)
  • Tell the campus' story in a 1-2 page (maximum) document* organized in the following sections:
    • Overview and Background
    • Focus Areas (from Visioning Document articles)
    • Work
    • Results
  • Provide a look at the campus' work in action through a 5 minute (maximum) video*
    • The video should align with the information provided in the application.
    • Videos may be submitted as a link or file, but MUST be accessible for all the STL review committee without requesting permission.
    • *If a nominated campus is selected for STL designation, documents and videos will be posted at
  • Overall Content should:
    • Describe how the campus’ work is transforming learning based on the articles of the Visioning Document
    • Provide evidence of action
    • Provide enough depth to support the designation
  • Include:
    • Nominee campus’ name, district, address, principal, email, and phone number
    • Nominator’s name and contact information
    • Superintendent’s Endorsement
How to Submit Completed Nomination Packets

Email to with the subject line: “Nomination – Schools Transforming Learning”.

Nomination packet** checklist:

  • 1-2 page (maximum) document
  • 5-minute (maximum) video (Note: link or file MUST be accessible without permissions for all review committee members)
  • Nominee campus’ name, district, address, principal, email, and phone number
  • Nominator’s name and contact information
  • Superintendent's Endorsement document

**If a nominated campus is selected for STL designation, documents and videos will be posted at

  • Designated campuses will be
    • Recognized during the PI Summer Conference
    • Showcased on the PI website through a virtual Schools Transforming Learning tour
2019 - 2020 Timeline
  • February 26,2020 - Nominations Due
  • March 2020 - Committee review of nominations; follow-up communication with campuses as needed (expect campus visits from committee representatives)
  • April 6, 2020 - Notify all nominees of results
  • June 4-5, 2020 - Recognize and celebrate 2020 designated campuses during PI Summer Conference

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