High School Principals Share Best Practices at Summer Retreat

Campus leaders also receive training on new teacher appraisal and development system

July 19, 2011

HISD high school principals, along with their school improvement officers, recently met for a two-day retreat. The leadership training, which was held July 14 and 15 at East Early College High School, included guest speakers, group break-out sessions, discussions on Advanced Placement, literacy instruction, and HISD’S new teacher appraisal and development system. Additionally, the principals were walked through scenarios to help them with their decision-making.

The discussions included sharing their challenges from the last school year and how they could learn from each other to maintain high expectations in the classroom and assure success with students.

“This retreat allowed our principals time to reflect on their key priorities and to establish an action plan for the 2011–2011 school year to make sure those priorities are met in their schools," said HISD Chief High School Officer Aaron Spence.

The principals were also encouraged to seek each other out for reinforcement. “This retreat offered a time for all of us to get together and talk to one another and share best practices, so I think it was extremely effective,” said Lee High School Principal Xochitl Davila.

The district is planning on bringing the principals together throughout the school year to offer more guidance, support and leadership training.