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Local Assistant Principal Completes Leadership Program

May 24, 2022 08:08AM ● By Candace Lagerhausen

Kristina Land, assistant principal of Cloverleaf Elementary IB World School, recently completed the Distinguished  Leadership in Practice Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals from  all regions of the state. The program is designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant  Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development  (NCASLD.)  

The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP) uses a non-traditional professional development model that  is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s  school leaders. This unique cohort-based program is designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by  allowing them to attend face-to-face sessions once every other month while accessing on-line assignments, materials  and coaching in between face-to-face sessions. Principals engage in a series of authentic activities throughout the year 

long experience that are designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school  leaders.  

“The leadership of the school principal is by far one of the most important factors in school quality. By completing this  very rigorous program, our DLP graduates have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement by  working to improve their leadership skills as they simultaneously improve their schools. We are proud to include them  in the ranks of successful DLP completers,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA Executive Director.  

The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA), in existence since 1976, is the preeminent  organization and state voice for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NCPAPA represents 5,000 + members from across the state and serves as the state’s principal affiliate of the N.C. Association of School  Administrators (NCASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National  Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP.)