IDEA’s Principal-in-Residence Program

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About the Program


When you are accepted into IDEA’s Principal in Residence (PIR) Program, you join a cohort of the highest performing school leaders in the country. This full-time, intensive, paid learning opportunity provides participants with leadership development from IDEA’s most successful school and district leaders.

PIRs complete their residency in IDEA schools across three of our Texas regions: Austin, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley. Upon completion of the program, PIRs will lead IDEA schools as Principals in Austin, Baton Rouge, El Paso, Houston, Tarrant County, New Orleans, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley.

The Ideal Candidate

Excited about the thought of joining a fast-paced organization that is dramatically changing the face of public education.

Has previous experience coaching and managing a cohort of teachers and/or campus-based leaders.

Believes they have the potential to move from good to great with the right system and support.


Not sure if this program is right for you? Please consider other leadership opportunities at IDEA!

Program

What will you focus on?

The PIR curriculum centers around an Individualized Learning Plan that guides your development on eight very specific “School Leadership Levers.” Moreover, you will share responsibility for critical school achievement goals with current leaders at your school site.

Places

Where will you be?

PIRs are placed in IDEA schools across our three Texas regions:

  • Rio Grande Valley: Our first and largest region, along the border with Mexico, where our headquarters is also located.
  • Austin: Our state capital region, where we started as an in-district partnership but are now growing to ten independent IDEA schools.
  • San Antonio: Our fastest-growing region with the greatest ground-level philanthropic support from the community.

People

Who will you work with?

PIRs are not mere observational learners. They are core members of the “Lead Team” at their school site, alongside the Principal, Assistant Principals for Instruction and Operations, and Counselors. PIRs interact with teachers, leaders, students, and families every single day.

Principal Role

Where are you headed?

PIRs may become principals at either new or existing IDEA schools in one of our seven regions: Austin, Baton Rouge, El Paso, Houston, Tarrant County, New Orleans, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley

Meet Some of Our Principals in Residence

Adrian Hernandez
Shandra-Johnson
Chris Rubio
Monica Araiza
Carldale Johnson
Melissa Sanchez
Tony Garza
Christopher Joyce

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Connect with an IDEA Recruiter

Fill out this form to share more information about yourself, as well as any questions you’d like our team to answer.

View the PIR Brochure

Download this brochure to learn more about the Principal In Residence program, including the application and selection process.

FAQs

Is the PIR role paid?

Yes, the PIR role is a full-time, salaried position. Within IDEA, the PIR position is viewed as a promotion from the Assistant Principal role. The salary scale is commensurate with that promotion and competitive with public schools across Texas.

How long do PIRs typically stay in the program before becoming principals?

The PIR program is designed to prepare PIRs to run a new or existing IDEA school within 2-3 years. The decision to promote a PIR into the principal role is primarily based on each PIR’s progress on their individualized development plan, while also taking into account the demands of IDEA school expansion and vacancy timelines.

If selected, when would I begin?

The PIR role begins in the summer. New Leader Training at IDEA typically takes place in mid-July, but this is subject to change based on district plans. If you are selected as a PIR, we will work with you on a transition plan into your role.

If selected, do I get to choose the school site where I complete the residency?

IDEA will take your regional preference into consideration. However, we cannot guarantee placement at a specific campus. We take the matching of PIRs to mentor principals and residency campuses very seriously, and do our utmost to ensure that the PIR is placed in a school where they have the most opportunity to grow and develop.

What does the day-to-day look like for a PIR?

PIRs are not mere observational learners. They are core members of the “Lead Team” at their school site, alongside the Principal, Assistant Principals for Instruction and Operations, and Counselors. PIRs interact with teachers, leaders, students, and families every single day.

What kind of development can I expect as a PIR?

The PIR curriculum centers around an Individualized Learning Plan that guides your development on eight very specific “School Leadership Levers.” You, your mentor principal, and your leadership coach at IDEA all collaborate together to ensure that you are progressing on the levers related to your goals every week.

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