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Principals Complete Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program

Kim Case, principal of Whitnel Elementary School, and Meredith Griffin, principal of Happy Valley School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the American Express Foundation through the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development.

Superintendent Dr. Donald Phipps, who has addressed every districtwide education group in the school system to discuss effective leadership skills, said that he supports the leadership development of school administration.

“The leadership role of the principal is critical to the success of the school. These principals have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement by working with their colleagues from all across the state to become distinguished leaders,” said Phipps.

The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program uses a non-traditional professional development model that is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. This unique cohort-based program is designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by allowing them to attend face-to-face sessions once every other month while accessing on-line assignments, materials and coaching in between face-to-face sessions. Principals engage in a series of authentic activities throughout the year-long experience. These experiences are designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.

This program is offered in Chapel Hill and serves principals in all eight regions of the state.

“We are proud to include them in the ranks of successful DLP completers,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA Executive Director.