Beginning with the district's annual end-of-year review, and ending with focused planning time for each school, principals, assistant principals, instructional facilitators, and district administrators recently finished the system's Leadership Academy Week.
The school system began the week at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in Mooresville, reviewing data from the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to celebrating some of the district's big gains, including the recently announced graduation rate, school leaders also spent much of the day engaged in identifying ways to continue to improve.
Throughout the remainder of the week, principals, assistant principals, and instructional facilitators received professional development on a wide variety of topics, from school operations to curriculum and learning. School leaders learned about and discussed the Common Core, the new national standards North Carolina has adopted and will implement this school year, and discussed the impact these new standards will have on learning and accountability. Leaders also focused on operational issues, including human resources and evaluation processes, facilities, and technology.
The feedback received from the week received positive reviews.
"Overall, our school leadership teams were very happy with Leadership Academy Week. They are excited to go back to their schools and implement their new learning," said Dr. Melanie Taylor, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction. "Of course, there is always the need for additional time to plan with school teams, but our principals, assistant principals, and IFs really provided some great feedback and all of our professional development sessions were very well received."