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Aspiring Ed Leaders Program
Professional Reference Form

Teaching Trust’s Aspiring Ed Leaders Program (ALP) is now accepting applications for admittance
to the 2016-17 cohort. You have been identified as a professional reference for an applicant.
Teaching Trust is an independent 501c3 organization founded with the purpose of developing
leaders who transform schools from the inside out, narrow the achievement gap and ensure that all
children experience an extraordinary education. Our programs are based on the unwavering belief
that high performing schools require leaders who have the values and skills to lead through
aspirational culture and quality instruction, while operating strategically to lead and sustain
improvement.
ALP is a rigorous competency and experiential-based program designed to prepare principal
leaders for the challenging environment of complex schools. Our development program for aspiring
school leaders is offered in partnership with SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education
& Human Development. The first two years of the program result in a M.Ed. in Educational
Leadership with Urban School Specialization, followed by three years of on-going professional
development, evaluation and support.
All applicants are required to undergo a highly selective and experiential process for admissions to
ensure they exhibit the values needed for this challenging work; this includes soliciting two or more
professional references to complete a Professional Reference Form. Your knowledge of the
applicant in a professional capacity will help inform our decision.
INSTRUCTIONS
Please complete this form electronically.
After completion, which should take no longer than 15 minutes, please save and name the file as:
“Reference_applicantfirstnamelastname_YOURINITIALS.”
For example, if Suzette Treviño completes a reference form on behalf of Jessie Wilson, the file would be saved as
“Reference_jessiewilson_ST.”
Email this Reference Form, with the applicant’s name in the subject line
(e.g. RE: Reference for Jessie Wilson)
to leadnow@teachingtrust.org no later than:
Friday, November 20 at 11:59PM for priority consideration or
Friday, February 5 at 11:59PM for the final deadline.

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
First Name

Last Name

Title
School or
Organization
Name

District or
Charter
Network

Phone Number

Email
Address

Can we contact you by phone should questions arise?
Yes
No

APPLICANT INFORMATION
First Name

Last Name

Email Address
Relation to
Applicant
Are you their direct supervisor?
Yes
No
How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?

Using the chart below, please give your appraisal of the applicant relative to others you have known in formal or
informal leadership roles.

Exceptional
(top 5%)
Demonstrates awareness of
self and impact on others,
has ability to read group
dynamics.
Can manage own emotions
and those of others around
conflict, provocative
behavior, and disruption.
Is self-motivated, asks
questions, and takes
ownership in order to
complete ambitions efforts.
Is tenacious and persistent
in achieving goals even in
the face of obstacles.
Leverages resources or
ideas beyond what is readily
available or currently
happening to solve
problems.
Effective communicator who
actively listens and
proactively responds.
Demonstrates awareness of
own strengths and areas of
growth. Seeks out and
responds well to feedback.
Demonstrates that all
students can achieve,
regardless of socioeconomic family, or other
factors.
Demonstrates and
articulates what he/she
could do to advance every
child and overcome for
students who did not reach
grade level proficiency.

Outstanding
(top 10%)

Good
(top 25%)

Average

Below
Average

Is the applicant aware of their development needs? What specific steps have they taken for self
improvement?

When faced with a roadblock, does the applicant identify solutions or focus on their emotions or
self interest?

Please cite a specific time when the applicant inspired others to take action towards a vision and
values?

Has the applicant been placed in a leadership role or assumed informal leadership
responsibilities?

Is there anything that might detrimentally affect the applicant's academic or professional
performance?

Please provide any other information that you think would be useful to the selection committee.

HOW TO SAVE YOUR FILE
Select "File" and "Save as..." from the drop down menu.
Please save and name the file as: “Reference_applicantfirstnamelastname_YOURINITIALS.”
For example, if Suzette Treviño completes a reference form on behalf of Jessie Wilson, the file would be saved as
“Reference_jessiewilson_ST.”
Email this Reference Form, with the applicant’s name in the subject line
(e.g. RE: Reference for Jessie Wilson)
to leadnow@teachingtrust.org no later than the application deadline:
Friday, November 20 at 11:59PM for priority consideration or
Friday, February 5 at 11:59PM for the final deadline.


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