Distinguished Leadership in Practice

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  • Where you find a great school, you will find a distinguished leader 
    igniting a passion for meeting the needs of all children.

    Developed and Provided by
    N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals' Association 

    Sponsored by the
    N.C. Alliance for School Leadership Development


    Distinguished Leadership in Practice (DLP) is a leadership development program for practicing school principals that is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. The program, provided by the N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association, is sponsored through funding from the the N.C. Alliance for School Leadership Development

    DLP, a non-traditional professional development model, allows participants to critically examine the meaning and application of “Distinguished” school leadership through a problem-based, real-world approach. In DLP, practicing North Carolina principals are provided as models of exemplary school leadership allowing participants to study the behaviors, attitudes and competencies that define a “Distinguished” school leader. Throughout the year-long experience, participants are led and coached through a proven continuous improvement approach. Participants engage in a series of authentic activities designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.

    DLP uses a blended, cohort-based approach that combines face-to-face, on-line, and small-group sharing sessions. To limit time away from their schools, participants attend face-to-face sessions once every other month. In between face-to-face sessions, they access on-line material and activities to assist them with their school improvement efforts. They also participate in small-group sessions with cohort members where they share and receive feedback on their efforts to apply proven leadership practices in their schools.

    Through participation in six face-to-face and on-line components, participants learn how to:

    • use data to identify needs and establish priority goals
    • align all school improvement efforts to the vision, mission, and goals of the school
    • maximize teaching and learning through effective teacher evaluation and coaching for high performance
    • create a student-focused culture
    • connect with the external community
    • lead and manage change

DLP Graduates