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The North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD) serves as the administrator for the Transforming Principal Preparation (TPP) Program as established by the General Assembly through Section 11.9 of Section Law 2015-241 and reports to the NC State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA), the legislatively designated Authority for the TPP grant program. NCASLD makes recommendations to SEAA regarding funding and grant renewal issues, monitors fidelity to the defining features of the TPP principal preparation model, monitors use of grant funds,  and supports the growth of the TPP programs through a professional learning network and technical assistance.


As the grant administrator, NCASLD conducted two competitions for grant funding—the first in March 2016 and the second in July 2016. As a result of these competitions, five “Provider” agencies representing a mix of institutions, including public universities, a private university, and a local education authority, were chosen to implement five TPP programs:


  • North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) North Carolina Leadership Academy (NCLA)
  • High Point University’s (HPU) High Point University Leadership Academy (HPULA)
  • Sandhills Regional Education Consortium’s (SREC) Sandhills Leadership Program (SLP)
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s (UNCG) Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS)
  • Western Carolina University’s (WCU) North Carolina School Executive Leadership Program (NCSELP)


All five TPP Provider agencies were recommended for funding for the 2018-2020 academic years. A total of $8,098,987 is being allocated to the five provider agencies for the continuation of their TPP Programs. The provider agencies are serving a total of 130 aspiring school principals across North Carolina. More information can be found below in the following reports provided by independent accessor, GrantProse:


Transforming PRINCIPAL PREPARATION PROGRAM