Creating better schools by building stronger school leaders

Students deserve a school that challenges them to imagine their best future and gives them the foundation to achieve itTalented educators in San Antonio aspire to create new, innovative schools to better serve students. They need the time, space and support to do so. School leaders—from both charter and traditional public school sectors—need a place where they can engage as learners and designers. And they need a place to join a community of others on the same journey.

Trinity School Design Network (TSDN) is a fellowship of proven and promising school leaders whose vision and effort will strengthen San Antonio’s educational ecosystem. They engage in a program of personal leadership and targeted skill development to discover new and better ways of thinking about schools. As the network of Fellows grows each year, these committed educators will continue innovating—individually and together—for rest of their careers.


Photo of FellowsThe Trinity School Design Network elevates school innovation and equity in San Antonio by investing in, preparing and empowering talented school leaders to create new schools.


  • We believe all students in San Antonio deserve an innovative, high-performing school in their neighborhood.
  • We know that innovative schools enable student voice and choice, focus on learner outcomes, respond and adapt to their communities, and continuously focus on improvement.
  • We recognize that successful schools require strong leaders committed to their continued learning and development.
  • We are convinced that leaders learn most effectively in community with other like-minded leaders, and that a community of innovation accelerates learning and leadership.
  • We invest in leaders by helping them upscale personal leadership, benchmark against national models of excellence, deeply engage in design with their community and build innovative management and educational practices.

How it works
12 month Fellowship, 2 month Bootcamp, 2 year Coaching and Support


Fellows focus on a rigorous training in school design, development and management program for the first year, supported by personalized leadership development and coaching.

Just prior to opening a new school, Fellows attend an intense two-month “boot camp” to better prepare for a strong school launch.

For the first two years in their new school, Fellows benefit from coaching and development support within a powerful Networked Community of Practice, with annual assessments to monitor progress.




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