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JULY 7 | NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY RECEIVES STATE’S FIRST PRINCIPAL PREPARATION PROGRAM GRANT

The NC Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD) has recommended to the State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) that North Carolina State University’s Durham Leadership Academy be the State’s first principal preparation program grant recipient. Their proposed program was one of eight proposals received.  Each proposal was reviewed by five reviewers and the top scoring applicants were invited to present their programs to a panel of key education stakeholders.  

In 2015, the North Carolina General Assembly established a competitive grant program to “elevate educators in North Carolina public schools by transforming the preparation of principals across the State.” The goal of the program is to provide funds for the preparation and support of highly effective school principals in North Carolina.

NCASLD will be issuing another round of Request for Proposals for the Principal Preparation Program grants in the middle of July with a goal of recommending an additional three to four principal preparation programs to receive grants. The recipients' programs will analyzed and assessed to identify and share the practices and attributes that result in the effective preparation of high quality principal candidates who are ready to meet the complex challenges associated with school leadership.


MARCH 1 | REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR PRINCIPAL PREPARATION PROGRAM
 
The North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for principal preparation programs (PPP) as authorized by the State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) in NC Session Law 2015-241, Section 11.9.

The North Carolina General Assembly established a competitive grant program to “elevate educators in North Carolina public schools by transforming the preparation of principals across the State.” The goal of the program is to provide funds for the preparation and support of highly effective school principals in North Carolina.

The North Carolina General Assembly has allocated $500,000 each year to award grants to selected recipients with the possibility of additional appropriations.

Proposals are due to the NCASLD office by 5 p.m. on April 22, 2016.  NCASLD will submit grant recommendations to SEAA by June 1, 2016 and SEAA will make award announcements in July-August 2016. 

PPP Providers will implement a leadership development program that includes rigorous screening and evaluation of candidates and research-based content and curriculum. The program will include a pipeline component to identify and train emerging leaders in the classroom or from business, embedded participant assessments during the program, high-quality and sustained job-embedded practice in authentic settings, and commitment to data collection, reporting, and continuous improvement. The programs will prepare participants to provide instructional leadership, manage and develop talent, build a positive school culture, apply organizational best practices, and lead change for continuous improvement in student results

NCASLD will provide technical assistance to PPP grantees to build capacity and identify and integrate evidence-based approaches to school leader development. NCASLD will facilitate discussion among Providers and stakeholders to share successes and lessons learned. A Professional Learning Network of PPP Providers, principal supervisors, state and national experts in school leadership, and other stakeholders will be created and facilitated by NCASLD.


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