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Fort Worth ISD Selected to Participate in the George W. Bush Institute’s School Leadership District Cohort

The Fort Worth Independent School District has been selected to participate in the George W. Bush Institute’s School Leadership District Cohort, a professional learning community consisting of four selected school districts across the U.S. that will work hand-in-hand with the Bush Institute’s Education Reform team to implement their Principal Talent Management Framework. The Framework was published in 2016 as a part of the School Leadership Initiative, formerly known as The Alliance to Reform Leadership (AREL).

“We know that campus leadership is one of the most important ingredients in student success, second only to a highly-effective teacher,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.  “Principals set the tone for school climate and culture, and we are grateful to the George W. Bush Institute for their investment in our District and its leaders.”

The following school districts were also selected to participate in the District Cohort:

  • Austin Independent School District (Austin, TX)
  • Dallas Independent School District (Dallas, TX)
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools (Chesterfield, VA)
  • Granite School District (Salt Lake City, UT)

The Principal Talent Management Framework is an evidence-based pathway for districts to attract, develop, and retain high-quality principals. The Framework represents a distillation of the best research available on principal talent management strategies.

Over the course of a three-year period, the Bush Institute will work with participating districts to identify their individual needs related to each Framework component and build district-level capacity accordingly. The Bush Institute will also provide expert coaching, access to tools and resources, and other support to the district professional learning community. 

“It is critical that we invest in school leadership as we know it has a direct impact on student success. The Bush Institute shares this commitment, and we are excited to be partnering together in Fort Worth ISD and beyond,” said Jeremy Smith, Education reform Initiative Advisory Council Member and Co-President of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation.

For more information on the School Leadership Initiative and the District Cohort, please visit


About the School Leadership Initiative:

The School Leadership Initiative is part of the Bush Institute Education Reform Initiative’s ongoing efforts to help improve student outcomes and the quality of schools through data and research. Research shows that principals account for 25% of a school’s total impact on student achievement. Principals play a critical role in hiring, supporting, and retaining effective teachers, improving the overall school climate, and enhancing student progress. While significant focus has been paid to effective teachers, little attention has been given to the role of the school leader despite the important role they play in student success. Rooted in President and Mrs. Bush’s belief that “excellent schools must first have excellent leaders,” the Bush Institute developed the School Leadership Initiative, formerly known as the Alliance to Reform Leadership (AREL), to dramatically improve the way our Nation’s principals are prepared and supported. The School Leadership Initiative is transforming the district level systems in place to manage principal talent, helping districts find, support, and retain great school leaders. The School Leadership Initiative is one of the Bush Institute’s flagship programs.


About the George W. Bush Institute:

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The work is achieved through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and the Engagement Agenda – by which the Bush Institute engages the greater community with its important work.


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