Graduate Students Present Plans to Improve Middle School Education

Pictured from left to right are Andrew Corbin, Melissa Tatum, Kristina Wheat, Dr. Dustin Johnson, Bruce Carroll and Carl Cruthis.

Pictured from left to right are Andrew Corbin, Melissa Tatum, Kristina Wheat, Dr. Dustin Johnson, Bruce Carroll and Carl Cruthis.

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 2, 2013 – Six High Point University education graduate students and Dr. Dustin Johnson, coordinator of the Master’s Program in Educational Leadership at HPU, recently presented at the North Carolina Middle School Association’s annual conference in Greensboro, N.C.

Their topic, “A Collaborative Approach to Preparing Future Middle Level Leaders,” focused on “lessons learned” as the students progressed through the internship portion of the leadership preparation program under the revised North Carolina School Executive Standards. The presenters also discussed the need for a more customized approach to preparing leaders to serve at the middle grades level. Melissa Tatum, Bruce Carroll, Kristina Wheat, Roy Richmond, Carl Cruthis, and Andrew Corbin represented HPU at the conference.

The new standards ask school principals and assistant principals to step out of their administrative roles and provide more instructional leadership for their teachers. The HPU students argue, middle school educators in particular need to work together to meet the specialized needs of that age group.

“Traditional Educational Leadership programs typically offer programs of study designed to prepare leaders to serve in Kindergarten through 12th grade,” says Johnson. “With HPU’s customized approach, we offer experiences specifically geared to meet the needs of future leaders who want to work with young adolescents.”

The students based their presentation off of what they learned while working with administrative teams at local middle schools.

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