Linda Jewell-Carr, principal of Union Elementary 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) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and UNC-LearnNC.
The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP) 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 that are designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.
Dr. Eric Bracy, Superintendent of Sampson County Schools, praised Carr for her initiative in completing the leadership program.
“Sampson County Schools is proud that Principal Linda Carr was selected to participate in this year-long leadership program. It is an achievement for her to complete this high-quality professional development. I am confident that Ms. Carr’s experience in this program will benefit the students of her school and all of Sampson County Schools.”
Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA executive director, said the leadership of the school principal is one of most important factors in school quality.
“By completing this very rigorous program, our DLP graduates have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement by working to improve their leadership skills as they simultaneously improve their schools,” Prince said. “We are proud to include them in the ranks of successful DLP completers.”
This program is offered in three locations — Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte — in order to serve principals in all eight regions of the state.
The NCPAPA, in existence since 1976, is the preeminent organization and state voice for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NCPAPA represents more than 5,000 members from across the state and serves as the state’s principal affiliate of the N.C. Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.