LEAD | Dallas ISD

Leader Excellence, Advancement & Development

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Principals Matter!

In Dallas ISD, we believe that great schools are those that provide equity and excellence for ALL students and require strong leaders to do so.


Last year, our newly-formed LEAD department within School Leadership developed and piloted a robust, rigorous principal selection process that includes several phases for those applying for the principalship. This process has allowed us to have more face-to-face interactions with candidates and to accurately evaluate their strengths. Most importantly, this process supports the identification for best-fit candidates for the needs of each individual campus.


Check out the video below for a glimpse into a Principal Candidate's experience.

New Principal’s Perspective on Dallas ISD’s Principal Selection Process

“It wasn't just an application, but a well-thought-out process designed to highlight the skill sets of each candidate. It was clear to me that not just anyone could be a principal and that I would need to really prove myself throughout this process to be considered for such an important role. I am truly humbled and honored to be part of such a group of incredible leaders here in Dallas.”

--Amber Shields, new principal

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Overview of the Process

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“More than ever before, I feel I have an accurate idea of who our candidates are and the strengths they bring to the position. Not only does this mean we are better at placing the right candidates in the right schools, but I know where our coaching needs to begin as soon as a principalship begins.”

--Dr. Reyna Sotelo, Executive Director

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Today Is The Day!

Are you ready to take the next step into leadership like Mrs. Shields? The LEAD department is excited to announce that the application period for the 2020-2021 Principal Candidate Pool launches TODAY.


If you are interested in applying for a principal position, meet the qualifications required as detailed on the job description, and wish to take part in the selection process for the 2020-2021 school year, please apply via Applitrack no later than September 15, 2019, 11:59pm.

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Step 1 - Apply on AppliTrack

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The first step in applying for a principal position for the 2020-2021 school year is to apply online via Applitrack.


The selection process for principal candidates will include multiple application phases and various types of assessments, including on-site visits to assess candidates’ performance in job-embedded activities. Only applicants who are successful during our selection process will be entered into the Principal Candidate Pool, and therefore eligible to interview for school-specific principal openings. Although there is no guarantee of any principal position, individuals in the Principal Candidate Pool will be given first priority interviews for 2020-2021 principal positions.


Reminder: September 15th, 11:59pm is the deadline to apply on AppliTrack!

Click HERE to Apply on Applitrack

Check out the job description, qualifications, basic functions and required documents.

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Questions about the Hiring Process, Please contact: