Achievers & Accolades

CCS Principals complete Distinguished Leadership Program

By Staff Report, posted 3 weeks ago

Four distinguished principals from Cumberland County Schools (CCS) have recently completed the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP). This year-long leadership development program, designed by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals' Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD), brings together practicing school principals from all regions of the state.

The following principals from CCS have successfully completed the program:


  • Hannah Gray, Principal of E.E. Miller Elementary
  • Phyllis Jackson, Principal of South View High School
  • Dr. Juelle McDonald, Principal of Pine Forest High School
  • Tianna O'Brien, Principal of J. W. Coon Elementary

The DLP utilizes a non-traditional professional development model that aligns with the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. This cohort-based program is designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by scheduling face-to-face sessions once every other month, complemented by online assignments, materials and coaching between sessions. Throughout the year-long experience, principals engage in a series of authentic activities aimed at building the capacity of their schools and enhancing their own leadership skills as “Distinguished” school leaders.

CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. acknowledged the achievements of these principals, stating in a press release, "We are thankful for their leadership and commitment to continuous improvement, which ultimately enhances student success and supports them as they lead their schools."

The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA), established in 1976, is the leading organization and state voice for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders.

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