High Point Leadership Academy, through strong collaboration with its partners, prepares candidates to become strong school leaders who will transform high-needs schools into learning environments that result in high performance for all students.
The School of Education is excited about a new innovative program for aspiring principals made possible by a competitive grant established by the North Carolina General Assembly. In order to elevate promising educators in our public schools by transforming the preparation of school leaders across the state, principal preparation programs under this grant are designed to graduate candidates after one year of intense groundwork that allows them to earn an alternative license in school leadership. The program begins January 1, 2016. High Point University was one of five entities awarded the two-year $1.78 million grant.
High Point Leadership Academy will enroll 15 principal candidates during year one from its seven partnering school districts: Cabarrus County Schools, Elkin City Schools, Guilford County Schools, Mt. Airy City Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Rutherford County Schools, and Yadkin County Schools. With a goal designed to transform low-performing schools into learning environments that result in high performance for all students, the High Point Leadership Academy is committed to providing a rigorous, research-based curriculum, developed by working collaboratively with district personnel and affiliates such as the Center for Creative Leadership, the BB&T Leadership Institute and the Piedmont Triad Educational Consortium. Candidates will participate in authentic experiences and experiential learning that will challenge their thinking and build the skills required for transformational leadership. Assessment, continuous feedback, and self-reflection will support growth and success. Additional critical components include executive coaches and a five-month full time clinical experience with supervising site principals, selected for their effective and successful leadership.
Graduates of the Academy will earn the M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership from High Point University and the North Carolina School Administrator: Principal license upon completion of the program. The license qualifies them for the positions of assistant principal and principal within North Carolina.
Please contact Dr. Barbara Zwadyk with any questions.
HPU is pleased to welcome the first cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy. Beginning in January 2017, these individuals begin their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.
HPU is pleased to welcome the second cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy. Beginning in May 2017, these individuals start their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.