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Perry Harrison’s Doty enhances leadership toolbox 


Perry W. Harrison Elementary School Principal Amy Doty works with a student.

PITTSBORO — Deepening her skill set at the helm of Perry W. Harrison Elementary School is Amy Doty with the completion of Distinguished Leadership in Practice (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for school principals. The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA) offers the program, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development.

In DLP, principals engage in a series of authentic activities designed to build capacity in their schools and in themselves. 

“The DLP program really brings school leaders back to the evaluation rubric and explores this document more deeply,” Doty said. “It helped me understand how all of these pieces work together to help me become a more well-rounded principal. The program also connected me to other leaders throughout the state, and this collaboration will allow me to reach out to others for support and guidance.” 

This time around, NCPAPA offered DLP virtually. The program serves principals statewide. 

“The leadership of the school principal is, by far, one of the most important factors in school quality,” NCPAPA Executive Director Shirley Prince said. “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.”

Published June 16, 2021