Educator Appraisal Certification Programs
    To appraise teachers in Texas, campus administrators must hold certification for both the Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) or Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) and Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). To appraise campus administrators, one must hold certification for the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS). This page provides information about AEL. Pages for T-TESS and T-PESS may be accessed separately.
    Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) is organized to assist administrators with the implementation of T-TESS. Participants of AEL will recognize the relationship between the seven strands of school leadership and five conceptual themes. AEL has now taken the place of ILD. If you have been certified with ILD, you do not need to be certified with AEL. 
    Region One ESC offers the three day face-to-face training.   Click here to register for an AEL workshop.
    Please note the following when registering for an AEL training.   
    • All training sessions will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.  Sessions will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
    • You must attend all three sessions in order to receive credit for the training.  For example, you cannot miss Day One and attend Day Two and Day Three.  
    • If you miss a portion of the a session for any reason, you may be asked attend a make up session after the training or attend another full day session.  Due to the nature of the training and certification process that will follow, it is imperative that all participants be present during the sessions.
    •  AEL is a face-to-face training.   All participants will be charged $475.00 for the training.   Submit a district purchase order via fax at (956) 984-7636.  If you are paying for the training personally, payments must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the training date.   Please submit a cashier's check or money order from H-E-B or Wal-Mart. Payments are to be made payable to Region One ESC.
      For more information about AEL, log onto the AEL website at http://ael.education


  • Sandra McConaughy Sandra McConaughy
    Director- Center for Leadership Excellence 
    FAX 956-984-7636
    Sandra S. Saenz
    Specialist- Center for Leadership Excellence
    FAX 956-984-7636

    Note: All August - December trainings will be offered virtually through a Zoom session, not face-to-face.

    AEL/T-TESS/T-PESS with updated rubric 2020_2021                           

    NOTE: T-TESS Appraisers, please click on note/link below for the latest information on T-TESS Recertification (see the Certification Test tab).

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Last Modified on September 18, 2020