Center for Educational Leadership

Trinity's Center for Educational Leadership provides regular cohort-based convenings, national speakers on critical education issues, as well as targeted learning seminars for continued leadership development. Since its establishment in 1982, the Center for Educational Leadership in the Department of Education at Trinity University has provided thought leadership, innovative leadership programs, and professional development for school districts.

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Partnering with the San Antonio community

Trinity University is proud to offer professional learning opportunities to the San Antonio education community that are value-added to the ongoing support and development that you provide to the professional staff in your districts.

The Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) has developed and sustained strong and meaningful partnerships with the public school communities in the San Antonio region, state of Texas, and nation.

Partner Districts

Your district’s annual membership in the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL), along with continued philanthropic support, provide funds that allow us to continue to offer excellent programs for your district administrators and teachers. The fee each district pays is based on the size of the district as measured by student enrollment.

Alamo Heights
East Central

Ft. Sam Houston
IDEA Public Schools
New Braunfels

North East
San Antonio
South San Antonio

Winston School SA


Join Today

To join the Center for Educational Leadership, please contact: Enrique Aleman.


New! Trinity Leadership Forum

Introducing the first issue of the Trinity Leadership Forum, a platform focusing on social justice leadership, innovative partnerships and research, and critical policy work.

Superintendents’ Forum

These monthly meetings provide an informal forum for the superintendents from across the region to come together, discuss pressing issues, and to interact with local business, community and philanthropic leaders. 

National Speaker Series

Each year, Trinity University hosts an exciting slate of speakers for members of the CEL educational community.

2023-2024 Series
Leading in Turbulent Times: Grounding Education in Humanizing and Advocacy Practices.

September 18, 2023 - Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Professor, University of Texas at Austin
October 9, 2023 - Dr. Sweeney Windchief, Associate Professor, Montana State University
November 13, 2023 - Dr. Camille M. Wilson, Professor, University of Michigan
December 4, 2023 - Dr. Daniel Solorzano, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
January 25, 2024 - Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal, Loyola Marymount University
February 12, 2024 - Dr. Anjále Welton, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Dr. Sarah Diem, University of Missouri
March 18, 2024 - Dr. Vincent Cho, Boston College

2022-2023 Series
Leading for Advocacy and Empowerment: Strategies for Disrupting Inequity and Transforming School Communities

September 19, 2022 - Dr. Adrienne Dixson, Professor, University of Kentucky
October 10, 2022 - Dr. Robin Starr Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Associate Professor, University of Washington-Tacoma
November 14, 2022 - Dr. Daniel Liou, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
February 13, 2023 - Dr. Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr., Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
March 20, 2023 - Dr. Julie Figueroa, Professor, Sacramento State University

Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Each year, Trinity University hosts the Trinity Prize and recognizes the Teacher of the Year from each member district.


Principal Seminar Series

This series is still in the planning stages so additional information will be shared with you when plans are solidified.


Assistant Principals Cohort

Provides a monthly opportunity for new, returning and aspiring assistant principals to participate in a sequenced learning program focused on instructional leadership, school culture building and data-driven decision-making. The sessions are facilitated by former principals and leadership consultants in the San Antonio region.


Book Studies

Several book studies are scheduled throughout the year. Past topics include Deep Learning by Michael Fullan, Start. Right. Now.: Teach and Lead for Excellence by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas, and An UnCommon Theory of School Change by Fahey, Breidenstein, Ippolito, and Hensley


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Enrique Alemán, Jr, Ph.D.
Lillian Radford Endowed Professor of Education & Director of the Center for Educational Leadership


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Rickie Baker
School Leadership Coach
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Wilbert Morgan
School Leadership Coach
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Teresa Neuman
School Leadership Coach