NC State University’s Educational Leadership Academy (NELA) seeks to increase student achievement by preparing and retaining principals in high-poverty, hard-to-staff, and historically low-performing schools. NELA creates a comprehensive leadership development and succession plan for NC high-need school districts. Each component is anchored in research-based best practices in leadership preparation and is designed to meet the specific contextualized needs of schools in North Carolina.
NELA was one of two Principal Preparation Programs Featured for its Innovative Program in a Recent Publication by the Hunt Institute.
“We Drive It” Article and Video featuring NELA Graduates
NELA graduates Donnell Cannon, Jamilah Collins, Jenny O’Meara, and Erin Swanson are featured in this […]
Teicher Patterson, NELA Cohort II, Principal of the Year for Halifax County
Teicher is a NELA cohort II graduate and has been named principal of the year […]
Matt Bristow-Smith, NELA Cohort III Graduate, NC Principal of the Year “Edgecombe School Leader Named 2019 NC Principal of the Year”
Matt is the Principal of Edgecombe Early College High School.
83% of NELA first year principals met or exceeded growth in high-need, Title I schools vs. only 75% of experienced principals across all schools in the state reaching the same level of performance in 2014-2015.
Our educational leadership programs include:
- The Northeast Leadership Academy: NELA Cohorts I – III
- The Northeast Leadership Academy 2.0: NELA 2.0 Cohorts IV and VI & Principal Academy
- The Northeast Leadership Academy – District and School Transformation: NELA-DST Cohort V
- The Durham Principal Leadership Academy: DPLA Cohort
- The North Carolina Leadership Academy: NCLA Cohort
- Wallace Principal Preparation Redesign
- Johnston Principal Leadership Academy: JPLA Cohort – Current Fellows
- Wake Principal Leadership Program: WPLP Cohort – Current Fellows
- The NCSU Cohort – Current Fellows
- NC State Leadership Academy: NCLA – Current Fellows
- NC State Principal Fellows Class 26 – Current Fellows