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“Being a principal is one of the most challenging, but important, positions in the world of education. In this day and time, the challenges are greater than ever and the need for support and growth for principals is critical. The Distinguished Leadership Program has provided me an excellent opportunity to learn and improve the knowledge and skills that are necessary to help my students and teachers reach their potential.”


MATT WIGHT, PRINCIPAL

APEX FRIENDSHIP HIGH SCHOOL | WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, NORTH CAROLINA

OUR MISSION

TO grow leadership capacity among practicing school leaders through programs that are aligned to the research-based NC performance evaluation standards and competencies for highly effective school leadership.

We leverage partnerships with the State Board of Education (SBE), the NC Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, UNC-Learn NC, the NC Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, various institutions associated with the NC University System, and Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA’s). Our board is comprised of a unique history of experience and interest – we're here to support our schools. 

The leadership development programs supported by NCASLD emphasize a non-traditional professional development model that allows participants to critically examine the meaning and application of the most effective leadership skills and school practices through a problem-based, real-world approach.  Much of the professional development uses a blended, cohort-based approach that combines face-to-face, on-line, and small-group sharing sessions where participants share and receive feedback on their efforts to apply proven leadership practices in their schools. You'll find this reflected in our Strategic Plan, which focuses on growth through the year 2022. 


We focus on leadership skills shown to improve student outcomes. 
By participating in our programs, school leaders will learn how to:

  • use data to identify strengths, needs, and establish priority goals for their schools
  • align all school improvement efforts to a shared vision, mission, and goals of the school
  • maximize teaching and learning through use of time and staff, performance evaluation and coaching
  • create a collaborative student-focused culture with the highest expectations and support for student success
  • connect with the external community to gain support and advocacy for their schools
  • lead innovation and manage change effectively


Contact us to find out more about how you can get involved.