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Two Principals Complete State Leadership Program

Lead 2 APRIL 1, 2020 – Principal Lisa Bodenheimer of Wiley Magnet Middle and Principal Celena Tribby of Kimmel Farm Elementary recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP).

“DLP provided an opportunity to expand my professional network to include other leaders from across the state in our collective efforts to make a positive impact on education in North Carolina,” Bodenheimer said.

“The focus on the use of effective leadership practices to impact school improvement allowed me to further develop skills in areas that were immediately applicable in my daily work and to support the goals already in progress at Wiley.”

“I am grateful for the support of my staff, who participated alongside me when I needed them to implement strategies in their classrooms and provide feedback for my reflective assignments.”

“What a phenomenal experience!”

 The year-long leadership development program is for practicing school principals. It was designed and provided by the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the N.C. Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD.)

“I was humbled to be selected to participate in this phenomenal leadership opportunity,” Tribby said.

Lead 3 By participating in this program, I was able to reflect on my current practices and identify areas of improvement as well as strengths. This reflective process has resulted in a renewed focus on the importance of transformational leadership practices to increase student achievement while improving school culture for all! These components work in tandem and are vital for school success!”

“Thank you NCPAPA and WSFCS for this career-changing experience.”

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 online 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.

Shirley Prince, the NCPAPA Executive Director had this to say:

“The leadership of the school principal is by far one of the 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.”

 “We are proud to include them in the ranks of successful DLP completers,”.

This program is offered in Chapel Hill and serves principals in all eight regions of the state. The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association, which was founded in 1976, provides a sate 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 (NCASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).