Meeting Announcements

The NCPFP/TP3 Commission will meet on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 9:00 AM.

In light of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 141, which restricts the size of gatherings and includes social distancing standards, meetings will be conducted as remotely pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.24. Committee members and staff will participate in the meetings by simultaneous communication, including by conference telephone and video.

To receive meeting login information and/or submit questions for the Committee, please email Dr. Tony Stewart (


The North Carolina Principal Fellows and Transforming Principal Preparation Program was recently highlighted in a RAND publication.  The report, commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, researched how state-level policy levers are being used in several states to improve principal preparation. Our program was featured for the use of incentives to recruit high quality candidates for principal preparation.

Producing Exemplary School Leaders for Over 27 Years

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program, launched in 1993, is a scholarship program that provides funding to exemplary educators who aspire to begin a career in school administration.  For twenty six years, scholarship funds (in the amount of ~$3.2 million) have been awarded.  The Transforming Principal Preparation Program is a competitive state grant ($4 million) which requires NC university programs to apply through a Request for Proposal process in order to receive funding.  Again, this is a grant awarded to university programs and not a scholarship awarded directly to students.

To read more about about the TP3 and Principal Fellows Program consolidation, click here.  You can also find more information on the Principal Preparation Program by visiting BEST NC.


NC schools with higher poverty and minority student populations lose principals at an alarming rate. We're closing the gap!


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