HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 23, 2009 – Dr. Dustin Johnson, assistant professor of education and educational leadership coordinator at High Point University, recently served as a presenter and panel member for the “Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals,” held on Jan. 14 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Johnson’s presentation, titled “Principals’ Panel: Strategically Preparing for the Principalship,” consisted of “real world” strategies based on his experience as an elementary and middle grades principal.
“I focused on the politics of education and the importance of developing strong and lasting relationships with the entire educational community, including students, teachers, parents and system-level leaders,” Johnson says. “After presenting to the whole group, I was then able to speak with smaller groups during the breakout sessions. These mini-sessions allowed participants the opportunity to ask more specific questions related to their school sites.”
Johnson says serving as a presenter for the program was one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.
“Being able to nurture and facilitate the growth of current and future practitioners in the field of education is the single most important aspect of my job at High Point University,” Johnson says. “I hope to continue utilizing my expertise in the field of educational leadership to positively impact the development of school leaders at all levels of education.”
The panel on which he served consisted of six school leaders from across the state, all with diverse backgrounds in elementary, middle and secondary education. There were also 45 assistant principals from the state, all of whom are aspiring to become principals in the near future.
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