This year, the enriching activities for each class will differ in objective. The activities for Class 24 will focus on Tools for the Lead Learner. For Class 25, the activities will work to help assess “self” while establishing a growth mindset. During the summer, you were provided with a seminar calendar. As I have been assessing the program, I have determined that we need to create a more thematic and robust approach to the seminars. I want to make each seminar worht the absence from either your class or your internship. For this reason, I have made some minor adjustments to the calendar. With the justification of trying to better prepare you for the profession, I hope you embrace these changes. If you have conflicts with the changes, please communicate with me individually. The calendar appears at the top of the newsletter along with other important information links.
Dr. Eddie Price
September Enriching Activities
The disposition training provided to Class 25 is grounded in the understanding of Emotional Intelligence. PF Class 24 is scheduled to participate in part one of TregoED’s strategic thinking processes on September 26 at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. This decision making protocol and situation analysis work to give a voice to all involved in the decision making process. More importantly, this protocol helps to remove the emotions that are generated when a decision is made by a passionate group.
Class 25 will begin the day hearing from the NCSEAA, North Carolina Education Authority, about the loan scholarship payment portion of the Principal Fellows Program before moving on to participate in a session that not only defines restorative discipline but also illustrates this mindset through application. Following this presentation, Kelley Johnson, principal of the Johnston County Public Schools Innovation Academy, will discuss restorative discipline and then give a tour of the building so that the Principal Fellows can see it in action! This September 28 seminar will conclude with a panel of former PF talking about their journey as a former fellow and now exemplary educator!
Currently, I am working on a plan to account for seminar lunches and travel, but this has not been finalized at this time. For now, plan to bring or purchase lunch for the first session. If this changes, I will notify you in advance. Class 25 will see a couple of overnight stays – this cost will be taken care of through the PFP.
The Principal Fellows Website
As many of you already know, the Principal Fellows Program transitioned this summer from UNC General Admissions to North Carolina State University. As with any other transition, we have experienced some issues that we collectively are resolving. Most noticeable has been the PFP website. On occasions, it has been inactive. As we transition the website over to NCSU, please realize that interruptions in service may occur.
Principal Evaluation News
North Carolina’s Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) has formed the Principal Standards Committee to examine the current North Carolina Standards for School Executives to determine whether and how these standards may need to be updated to reflect a rapidly changing environment and new national school leader standards (i.e., the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015, PSEL). This committee is co-chaired by Dr. Shirley Prince, Executive Director of NCPAPA, and Principal Meaghan Loftus, Principal of Ashley Park PK-8 School in Charlotte and a PEPSC member. Representatives from higher education, school districts, Principal Fellows, and the Department of Public Instruction also comprise this committee.
Principal Fellows In the News…
PF Class 23 member, Marisa White, prepares for a start to the new year at North Johnston Middle School. Sometimes administration must do the “behind the scenes” work as well as make decisions about teaching and learning!