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Jordan appointed to leadership role with national accrediting arm

PITTSBORO — The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has appointed Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan to its Accreditation Council through June 30, 2022. 

CAEP is the oldest accrediting body for educator preparation, and Jordan in his role with the organization’s Accreditation Council will help fellow councilors determine the accreditation status of institutions that train educators.  

“Quality assurance and continuous improvement are critically important, and I look forward to serving the education community in this way,” said Jordan, also a part-time clinical associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Education. “I’ll be able to draw upon my experience as a P-12 practitioner and couple that with my work in the academy developing educators.”

That is key — Jordan’s simultaneous roles leading a school district and teaching at the university level, according to Dr. Diana B. Lys, an assistant dean in the UNC School of Education. 

“The accreditation of educator preparation relies upon input from P-12 practitioners, higher education faculty and researchers,” Lys said. “Through his school leadership and higher-education experience, Dr. Jordan is uniquely positioned to identify the strengths and needs of programs he will review as a member of the Accreditation Council for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.”  

Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement, according to CAEP. The organization was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a uniform accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all providers focused on educator preparation. At least 850 providers of educator preparation participate in the CAEP accreditation system. That number includes providers grandfathered into accreditation under former standards.

Jordan has been superintendent of Chatham County Schools since September 2013. He taught both middle and high school after earning his bachelor's degree in English from North Carolina Central University. His master's degree in school administration from East Carolina University positioned him as a high school principal. UNC School of Education faculty distinguished Jordan as a Jackson Scholar while he was there earning a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Prior to being appointed superintendent, he oversaw curriculum and instruction at the district level and was an executive director for secondary education before that. 

“It’s important that we have as many voices as possible involved in the accreditation process for preparing our P-12 teachers,” CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch said. “Dr. Jordan brings a unique perspective to the council as someone who not only is involved in preparing teachers but also in hiring teachers to serve P-12 students.”