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Northeastern North Carolina School Leadership Program

LEA: Elizabeth City State University

Program Contact: Dr. Claudie Mackey 252-335-3479
PR Award No.: U363A090061


Bertie Co. Schools; Edenton/Chowan Schools; Edgecombe Co. Public Schools; Halifax Co.-Weldon City; Northampton Co.; Pasquotank Co.; Perquimans Co.; Warren Co.; Washington Co.


Program designed for the competitive priority (e.g., work with schools in improvement and turnaround and corrective action) and the invitational priority (e.g., increase number of new certified principals and assistant principals).


  • Implement a model using the ABC's of Public Education and the NCSSE as the framework to enhance student achievement.
  • Establish a replicable training model utilizing rigorous research-based professional development to be structured around the nine LEAs' school improvement plans and framework for action plans.
  • Increase the number of new certified principals and assistant principals to serve high-need schools.


NNCSLP will use the North Carolina State Board of Education ABC's (comprehensive plan to improve public education) and the North Carolina Standards for School Executives (NCSSE) as models for its infrastructure. These models will be incorporated into the curriculum, instructional delivery, and administration. The program is a joint endeavor between Elizabeth City State University and nine LEAs, five of which rank among the twenty poorest in the United States.

Building on the idea that there is a positively correlated relationship between sustained, on the job professional development and increased student achievement, the NNCSLP will train and support future school leaders via seminars, summer institutes, mentorships, input from school improvement teams and access to a virtual learning center. The professional development will be structured around the LEAs' needs assessment from their School Improvement Plans (SIPs) and Framework for Action Plans (FAPs). In addition to professional development, a Masters in Administration program will be structured so that upon completion, participants will have a MSA that enables them to become gainfully employed in high-need LEAs.

Assessment uses a mixed method research design and will be conducted by ShirAnd & Associates, Inc. (SAI). Tools to be used will include questionnaires, program observations, existing databases, tests, focus groups, interviews, mentor assessments, rating scales, testimonials, records review, self assessments, graduation reports, program logs, theses, and rubrics. Retention data will be reviewed as well as student achievement results.