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Early Career Principals Academy

Applications for the 2023-2026 Inaugural Cohort Have Closed.

The Early Career Principals Academy (ECPA) is a 3-year leadership development program for early-career principals. The ECPA is designed to meet the needs of school leaders in a blended format of in-person meetings each year followed by virtual meetings, all facilitated by trained, exemplary school leaders. The in-person sessions, designed to motivate and inspire participants to focus on the conditions they must control to achieve optimum school environments that meet the needs of every student, will be led by a combination of NC-proven leaders and national leadership experts.  Follow-up virtual sessions will provide a curriculum designed to build the leadership skills and competencies necessary to effectively control the conditions required for student success. In the third year of the program, participants will complete NCPAPA's Distinguished Leadership in Practice (DLP) program.


The ECPA curriculum will align with North Carolina and national principal performance standards and competencies while also fostering a network culture.

In-person meetings with dynamic, nationally recognized speakers such as Todd Whitaker and Jimmy Casas will be held in Raleigh on September 20, 2023, Pinehurst on December 4, 2023, Wilmington on March 20, 2024, and Raleigh on May 2, 2024. There will be two virtual sessions in between each in-person session.


Program costs, including meals, will be covered through grant funding. Applicants must be able to commit to participating fully in all face-to-face and online sessions. Lodging and travel costs are not provided.


Early-career principals should apply to the ECPA with approval from their district superintendent. Preference will be given to principals serving in high-needs schools. 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Emily Doyle

NCPAPA Program Director 

Program Information

ECPA Meeting Dates

  • September 20, 2023: Raleigh

  • December 4, 2023: Pinehurst

  • March 20, 2024: Wilmington

  • May 2, 2024: Raleigh



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