BOONE, N.C. — Millions in awarded grant funding will boost the development of and support for North Carolina educators in leadership programs — among them, students in Appalachian State University’s school administration program.
App State is one of six University of North Carolina System institutions selected by the System to receive recurring grants through the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program (NCPFP). The university will receive nearly $3 million in funding over six years, beginning in 2022.
“Providing quality teachers and educational leaders is the cornerstone of Appalachian’s past, present and future,” said Dr. Melba Spooner, dean of App State’s Reich College of Education (RCOE). “Our partnerships with schools through providing continuing education and professional development opportunities are critical to the work we do in preparing educators, as well as North Carolina’s students.”
Reich College is partnering with 12 state school districts and the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance to train and support future principals through the university’s online Master of School Administration (MSA) program, offered by RCOE’s Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.
In the MSA program, students explore a principal’s role in advancing an institution’s mission and develop leadership skills needed to evaluate systems and processes for school improvement.
The program includes leadership and professional development, in-school field experiences with partner schools and mentoring.
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The North Carolina General Assembly established this grant program in 2015 to provide funds for the preparation and support of highly effective school principals in North Carolina. Currently, the program produces approximately 40% of the state’s principals.
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About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.