Henderson County Public Schools is honored to announce that Principal Tammy Deaver and Assistant Principal Amber Brown at Fletcher Elementary are among the 206 school leaders statewide to be selected for the inaugural cohort of the Distinguished Leadership in a Remote Learning Environment (DLR) program.
Created by the North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD), the professional development program was designed to help school leaders navigate the unique challenges posed by assuring quality learning experiences during a pandemic, according to an NCPAPA news release.
“Our school leaders are responding to the urgency to strengthen their ability to lead effective virtual and hybrid learning in their schools. If their students are going to be successful throughout these challenging times, their deliberate and focused instructional leadership will be more important than ever,” Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA Executive Director, said in the release.
“It is an honor for the Fletcher team of administrators to be selected for participation in this quality, timely professional development program,” said HCPS Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, Dr. Jan King. “As models of lifelong learning, Mrs. Deaver and Mrs. Brown will represent Henderson County Public Schools well. And, we are excited for them to share the best practices they learn with their peers in our district, as we all work together to strengthen this new hybrid learning environment for our students and educators.”
The virtual program, funded by NCDPI, is available to practicing principals throughout North Carolina and their school leadership teams including assistant principals and instructional coaches. The inaugural cohort of school leaders represents sixty-two school districts and thirteen charter schools from across the state. Additional cohorts will be held in the near future.
“While we did not need to be convinced of the power of great leadership, our current climate validates the critical importance of strong educational leaders. We are thrilled to partner with NCPAPA to continue to invest in the development and support of the best school leaders for North Carolina,” said Dr. Bev Emory, Deputy Superintendent at NCDPI.
The program will be delivered both synchronously and asynchronously focusing on three main components:
- Developing a shared vision for high quality instruction in a remote and hybrid learning environment
- Promoting and developing teacher effectiveness through evaluation and coaching in a remote and hybrid learning environment
- Creating a collaborative culture of high expectations for students and staff in a remote and hybrid learning environment
DLR includes facilitated sessions, interactions with peers, and structured sharing and networking sessions. The DLR program is built around application-based job-embedded activities designed to build the capacity of the school leaders and teachers to assess and continuously improve the effectiveness of their students’ learning outcomes with both quality and equity in mind during the pandemic and beyond.
“Our school leaders must work with their teachers to put processes and frameworks in place for building and maintaining a culture of high expectations for every student’s success combined with high support that allows every student to meet these expectations,” said Prince.
In addition to the inaugural cohort, NCPAPA has partnered with EdNC to create a series of stand-alone, self-directed, on-demand webinars related to the components of the facilitated program. Featuring local school leaders sharing their expertise, successes and lessons learned, these webinars will be made available free of charge.