Charlotte-Mecklenburg School principals Stephanie Hood of North Mecklenburg High, Emily Miles of Sterling Elementary and Jennifer Schroeder of Crestdale Middle recently completed the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP). DLP is a yearlong leadership development program for school principals designed and provided by the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals' Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the N.C. Alliance for School Leadership Development.
"The DLP program provided us with a connection to other principals across the state, which was helpful, especially during school closure and remote learning," said Hood. "Learning from and with my colleagues has been the best experience. The resources N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals' Association provided over the past year have been timely and relevant."
DLP uses a nontraditional professional development model. The unique cohort-based program limits principals' time away from their schools by allowing them to attend synchronous sessions once every other month while accessing online assignments, materials and coaching in between sessions.
"The leadership of a 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," said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA executive director.
This year, the program was offered virtually serving principals in eight regions of the state.
Stephanie Hood Jennifer Schroeder Emily Miles