West End Elementary principal completes leadership program

Kathryn Hendrix-Lockamy, principal of West End Elementary School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals from all regions of the state. The program is designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD).

“Moore County Schools congratulates Principal Lockamy on her successful completion of the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program!” said the school district in a press release. “We are incredibly proud of her dedication to enhancing her leadership skills and her commitment to the continuous improvement of West End Elementary School.”

The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program uses a non-traditional professional development model that is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. This unique cohort-based program is designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by allowing them to attend face-to-face sessions once every other month while accessing on-line assignments, materials and coaching in between face-to-face sessions. Principals engage in a series of authentic activities throughout the year- long experience that are designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.

“Principal Lockamy’s achievement reflects her ongoing efforts to provide the best possible education for our students,” said the school district.”Her participation in this rigorous program is a testament to her passion for excellence in school leadership. We look forward to seeing the positive impact of her newfound knowledge and skills on our school community.”

“The leadership of the school principal is by far one of the most important factors in school quality. By completing this very rigorous program, our DLP graduates have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement by working to improve their leadership skills as they simultaneously improve their schools. We are proud to include them in the ranks of successful DLP completers,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA executive director.

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