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Distinguished Leadership in a Remote Learning Environment State Cohort Announced!

October 6, 2020

Vance County Schools is pleased to announce that six of our district leaders have been selected to participated in the inaugural cohort of Distinguished Leadership in a Remote Learning Environment (DLR), developed by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA), in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD). The participants were selected from over 1800 applicants throughout North Carolina, representing sixth-two school districts and thirteen charter schools from across the state. Selections from Vance County Schools include Carnetta Thomas (E.M. Rollins STEAM Academy), Heddie Somerville (Clarke Elementary), Kristen Boyd (Aycock Elementary), Renee Batchelor-Crosson (Pinkston Street Elementary), Stephanie Ayscue (Advance Academy) and Travis Taylor (Vance County Early College High).

NCPAPA describes the DLR program as one which will focus on developing a shared vision for high quality instruction in a remote and hybrid learning environment, promote and develop teacher effectiveness through evaluation and coaching in a remote and hybrid learning environment, as well as create a collaborative culture of high expectations for students and staff in a remote and hybrid learning environment. “Participants will interact with peers across the state with application-based job-embedded activities designed to build the capacity of the school leaders and teachers to assess and continuously improve the effectiveness of their students’ learning outcomes with both quality and equity in mind during the pandemic and beyond," according to NCPAPA. “Our school leaders are responding to the urgency to strengthen their ability to lead effective virtual and hybrid learning in their schools. If their students are going to be successful throughout these challenging times, their deliberate and focused instructional leadership will be more important than ever,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA Executive Director. 

We are excited for our participants and what they will bring back to the district through the Distinguished Leadership in Remote Learning Environment Program.