HISD Welcomes New School Leaders

First time principals and other school based administrators are welcomed at “New Leaders Camp”

August 01, 2011

When the 2011–2012 school year begins later this month, dozens of new principals, assistant principals, and deans will join the HISD leadership team. To welcome everyone aboard and to give the new administrators the tools they need to be successful, the district recently held a “New Leaders Camp” at Kashmere High School.

The two days of professional and leadership development featured legal and Special Education updates, as well as an overview of elementary and secondary guidelines and the new STAAR exam. New HISD principals and administrators were also briefed on the district’s Strategic Direction and several related key initiatives, including the new teacher appraisal and development system, which starts this school year.

“This meeting with our first-time principals is really designed to let them know what our charge is for them this school year,” said Chief Middle School Officer Dallas Dance. “But it also educates them on the resources available to them and their staff to support their efforts in making the 2011–2012 school year a fantastic experience.”

New school leaders also had an opportunity to attend several days of break-out sessions on topics ranging from budgeting and dropout prevention to athletics and transportation. Participants say they found the two days of training extremely helpful and feel they are more prepared to begin their new leadership roles.

“It’s going to be a new experience and a new challenge for all of us,” says Roy De la Garza, who was recently named principal at Milby High School, “But this camp helped us learn how to prepare and prioritize for the many different roles and jobs we are going to have as principals. I think we are all very excited and are ready to push ourselves a little further.”