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RISE Principal

Fort Worth Independent School District | Fort Worth TX 76035 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 04/27/2012

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RISE Principal


Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) is looking for extraordinary school leaders to join the Redesign to Increase Schools of Excellence (RISE) initiative. This year FWISD is seeking outstanding committed leaders who can transform persistently low-performing schools into schools of excellence to ensure that all students achieve at high levels regardless of their backgrounds. 

The Redesign to Increase Schools of Excellence initiative is housed in the Office of Transformational Leadership and School Improvement.  Currently 25 Fort Worth ISD campuses in the school district have joined this effort that unifies three transformational school improvement grants to significantly improve student outcomes.  The three grants are the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), the Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS), and Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy (TTLA.)  Each one of the 25 RISE schools receive a combination of funding from two or more of these sources.


RISE school principals receive additional resources and support for their schools such as:

  • Performance based compensation (rewards and incentives)
  • Additional funding sources and staffing
  • Operational flexibility and collaborative autonomy
  • Tailor-made job-embedded professional development
  • Leadership coaching
  • Quick district response time to campus needs
  • Additional funding sources and staffing
  • Specialized observation and feedback training

In addition, principals will have the opportunity to join a network of leaders engaged in transformation and turnaround work. They will engage with national experts and have access to use alternative evaluation systems.  For more information about the RISE initiative, go to


RISE will help all Fort Worth ISD schools:

  • Find new ways to teach and lead – and make those strategies work for years to come.
  • Create fair teacher evaluations that help everyone be better at what they do.
  • Reward educators for a “class act” performance.

Principals will lead this work by developing and executing a shared vision and mission for creating significant gains in student achievement at their school. As a transformational instructional leader the Principal:

  • Embraces a transformational leadership philosophy and uses effective strategies to establish a school culture centered on continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
  • Supervises all instructional programs and campus activities and serves as the campus administrator.
  • Recruits, selects, retains and develops high-performing leaders, teachers and staff.
  • Ensures the full implementation of the Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy (TTLA) and Texas Title I Priority School (TTIPS) grants.
  • Participates in the professional development and RISE learning community to share school support and guidance, promote school success and exchange best practices and learning. 


Job Duties

  1. Articulates and communicates the goals and vision of the District to a wide variety of audiences.
  2. Develops and implements short and long range plans in all areas of the instructional program and ensures correlation of plans with TTLA and TTIPS grant requirements.
  3. Directs the implementation of the use of curricula through classroom observations, conferences, and test data to improve instruction.
  4. Prepares and adjusts schedules to maximize learning time.
  5. Approves requisitions and purchases within budget allocations.
  6. Keeps financial records necessary for the proper accounting of monies collected in the operation of the school and the implementation of the TTLA and TTIPS grants.
  7. Prepares and submits all report, including those required by the TTLA and TTIPS grants, in accordance with administrative directives and government guidelines.
  8. Provides leadership for implementing a participatory decision making process (SBDM) and for implementing a strong teacher leader program in accordance with the TTLA and TTIPS grants.
  9. Required to fulfill extra demand and responsibilities as part of the RISE initiatives and performs other duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Valid Texas Mid-Management certification or Principal certification.
  3. Three years experience as an Assistant Principal and three years of classroom teacher experience.
  4. Experience in inner city schools with diverse populations required.
  5. Understanding of the transformational philosophy of leadership and ability to translate the philosophy into effective practices.
  6. Effective supervisory, communication, and conflict management skills. Ability to use these to relate to and lead groups of people.
  7. Ability to develop and implement plans in all areas of the instructional program.
  8. Successful administrative experience such as working with new teachers, increasing parental involvement, leading LearningWalks, and monitoring the use of the Curriculum Frameworks.
  9. Knowledge of federal and state guidelines as well as District policies and procedures, with specific knowledge of guidelines/policies related to the TTLA and TTIPS grants.



  1. Submit a cover letter and resume to the Office of Human Capital Management at with RISE Principal in the subject line.
  2. Fort Worth ISD will be accepting applications through May 7, 2012.
  3. If you meet the minimum qualifications full application instructions will be sent along with the selection process.
  4. Official transcripts and evidence of Principal certification will be required if hired.

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Location Fort Worth, TX, United States
Categories Head of School/Principal
Organization Type Public School

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Contact Name Clifford Mayer
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone 817.814.3300
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