Stout School of Education

High Point University Leadership Academy

High Point University 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.
Program Description/Introduction

Cohort Candidates Assume New Roles 

N-CCS Recognizes Diego Mureno Administrator Intern at Newton-Conover High School for National Principal Appreciation Month

Mr. Mureno is an Administrative Intern at Newton-Conover High School. Prior to serving in this
role, Mr. Mureno was a fantastic 6th grade teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School. He is
creative, has a strong work ethic, and connects well with a variety of students and staff. He is
an asset to our school community and has a bright future as an educator in Newton-Conover!!




Jennifer Cooper, assistant principal at Montlieu Elementary and Cohort II graduate presents at CREATE Conference at HPU (10/11/19).





Cohort III Student Keisha Dawalt,

Assistant Principal at Balfour Elementary

in Asheboro, shares the real story of her school.

Click here to read!



Dr. Jamie King and Desire Freeman facilitate work with equity and standards with Cohort III.


Cohort IV stretches their thinking at the Center for Creative Leadership.





Cohort III Student, Randy Raines, Facilitates Open Space Forum
Click here to view highlights of Cohort III student, Randy Raines, during his internship.  Randy Raines facilitates an Open Space Forum with teachers during his internship.


Congratulations Beth Dodson, Cohort II,

for being named Davie County’s

Special Education Program Specialist!



Cohorts III and IV had an extraordinary learning experience with Dr. Ray Jones during their three day Instructional Leadership Institute.

Cohort III members learn to apply restorative practices with facilitator Effie McMillian.


















Congratulations to Leah Hayes—AP of the Year for Newton-Conover.







Academy Cohorts III and IV are Underway

The HPU Leadership Academy began its third cohort in the fall of 2018 and is excited to begin work with its fourth cohort in January 2019. Cohort III has 17 candidates representing  partnering districts which include Alamance-Burlington Schools, Asheboro City Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Elkin City Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Lincoln County Schools, Vance County Schools, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools, and Yadkin County Schools.

The seventeen candidates came together for the first time on August 1 for a day long orientation.  During this orientation, they were provided with expectations, guidelines, fun activities, and a campus tour. They were also able to meet and discuss the program with members from cohort I & II of the HPULA. What a great group! We look forward to working with them on this journey!

Cohort IV has 16 candidates who will represent  partnering districts which include Asheboro City Schools, Davie County Schools, Guilford County Schools, Lincoln County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. They will come together for the first time on January 11, 2019 for an extensive orientation reflective of cohort III’s orientation.

Schedule of meeting dates  and other activities are listed below.

Please contact Dr. Barbara Zwadyk with any questions.

Face-to-Face Meeting Dates

Summer 2019
(Cohorts III & IV)
Fall 2019
(Cohorts IV)
May 31 - June 1August 23 - 24
June 14 - 15September 6 - 7
July 12 - 13October 4 - 5
July 19 - 20November 8 - 9
July 26 - 27November 15-16
*Additional dates may be added.December 6 - 7 EXAMS

Additional Training

January 11-12: Center for Creative Leadership 
HPU LA candidates spend a day and a half at the Center for Creative Leadership where they strengthen their knowledge and skill set in the area of innovation and its role in leadership.  They learn more about themselves through personal assessments and develop new thinking and skills as they interact with from their facilitators and cohort member, using toolkits, participating in simulations, and generating ideas and developing solutions around key innovation challenges.

June 26 – 27: Restorative Practice with Ms. Effie McMillan
This training is a two-day session on Restorative Practices and Using Circles in Schools. Restorative Practices builds healthy communities, increases social capital, reduces the impact of crime, decreases antisocial behavior, repairs harm, and restores relationships. Supported by extensive research, Restorative Practices has demonstrated positive outcomes in a wide variety of settings including improved student behavior and decreased bullying and violence in schools, improved workplace morale, and emotional healing for victims. This training will be held on the HPU campus.

July 17 – 18: Behavior Interventions with Ms. Trish Gladstone

Functional Behavior Assessments & Toolbox of Behavioral Interventions:
This session’s emphasis is on Tier III MTSS evaluation and development of interventions for problematic behaviors in the school environment.  Participants will be introduced to Functional Behavior Assessments reviewing both interview and direct observation techniques to assess problem behaviors.  Specifically, this will include:   defining problem behaviors, assessing the environment, developing summary statements, hypothesizing functions of behavior, as well as introducing teacher-friendly data collection techniques.  The Behavior Intervention portion of the seminar will focus on the selection of proactive, evidence-based interventions, classroom management strategies, positive reinforcement, and reductive procedures.

Verbal De-Escalation and Communication Techniques:
Participants will define contributing factors leading to escalation of problem behaviors, demonstrate communication skills that can be used with the agitated/anxious student, understand common signs of escalation, and identify methods and practice strategies for de-escalating behaviors.  In addition, participants will take a conflict management survey and will learn to analyze communication styles within the school setting via a video modeling discussion.

July 22 – 24: Instructional Leadership with Dr. Ray Jones
This four-day institute is integrated professional development designed for building-level administrators who support the improvement of instructional practice by teachers. With a central focus on coaching teachers to become reflectively accountable, the institute is noted for helping instructional leaders shift from judgmental to developmental supervision and to create coaching conversations that cause teachers to self-assess, self improve, and self-evaluate. Participants apply their learning after seeing the process modeled in our partnering schools. This training will be held on the HPU campus.


Cohort I



HPU welcomed the first cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Cohort I  began their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in January 2017.



Culminating Projects

Mini Cohort A: Relationships and Equity Presentation
Mini Cohort B: PLCs and Data Presentation
Mini Cohort C: Distributive Leadership and Culture
Wrap Up Video
Hashtag Video

Cohort II



HPU welcomed the second cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Cohort II  began their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in May 2017.



Culminating Projects

Wrap Up Video
Hashtag Video

Leadership Collaboration – Cohorts I and II 

Cohort III


HPU is pleased to welcome the third cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Beginning in August 2018, these individuals start their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.



Click here for the Culminating Event Video 


Cohort IV



HPU is pleased to welcome the fourth cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Beginning in January 2019, these individuals start their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.





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One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

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Fax: 336-841-9024

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