The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has partnered with the N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association to provide a leadership development program for practicing school principals. This professional development model, entitled Distinguished Leadership in Practice (DLP), is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders.
DLP, a non-traditional professional development model, allows participants to critically examine the meaning and application of “Distinguished” school leadership through a problem-based, real-world approach. In DLP, practicing North Carolina principals are provided as models of exemplary school leadership allowing participants to study the behaviors, attitudes and competencies that define a “Distinguished” school leader. Throughout the year-long experience, participants are led and coached through a proven continuous improvement approach. Participants engage in a series of authentic activities designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.
DLP uses a blended, cohort-based approach that combines face-to-face, on-line, and small-group sharing sessions. To limit time away from their schools, participants attend face-to-face sessions once every other month. In between face-to-face sessions, they access on-line material and on-line coaching to assist them with their school improvement activities. They also participate in guided small-group sessions with cohort members where they share and receive feedback on their efforts to apply proven leadership practices in their schools.
The program will be offered in three locations across the state, serving all eight regions. Expenses for this opportunity are being subsidized through the State’s Race to the Top initiative and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Therefore, applicants must be able to commit to participating fully in all face-to-face and online sessions.