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Two Bladen Principals receive award

posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:53 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 11:53 AM ]
The North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA) recognized the 2017-18 graduates of the Distinguished Leadership in Practice (DLP) program today at an awards banquet. Congratulations to Elizabeth Cole, Principal of Elizabethtown Middle School and Dr. Jason Wray, Principal of East Bladen High School for receiving their DLP award.

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 activities to assist them with their school improvement efforts.  They also participate in small-group sessions with cohort members where they share and receive feedback on their efforts to apply proven leadership practices in their schools.

Through participation in six face-to-face and on-line components, participants learn how to:

•             use data to identify needs and establish priority goals
•             align all school improvement efforts to the vision, mission, and goals of the school
•             maximize teaching and learning through effective teacher evaluation and coaching for high performance
•             create a student-focused culture
•             connect with the external community
•             lead and manage change

 Bladen County Schools has the BEST Principals!