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Apr 11, 2024

Dr. Donnell Cannon (NELA Cohort IV) serves as Executive Director of Maureen Joy Charter School. MJCS is profiled in the Canopy Project, which is a collaborative effort to advance equity and student-centered learning. 

The Canopy Project is a collaborative effort by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Transcend Education to surface and share diverse, innovative learning environments designed to advance equity and student-centered learning, the press release says. 

Apr 8, 2024

Crystal Cahill (Durham 2022) named Durham Public Schools AP of the Year.

Apr 5, 2024

Rachel Brackney (Wolf/NELA 2025) and NC Teacher of the Year nominee was featured in an article in the Rocky Mount Telegram. We are inspired by her emphasis on building meaningful relationships and advocacy for meeting students’ needs.

Mar 26, 2024

Wolf/NELA, Tuffy, and Red/Wake 2025 Cohorts traveled to the ASCD conference in Washinton, DC.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development conference brings experts and practitioners together to recharge and inspire you as we look ahead to a new school year and begin summer learning. 

Feb 29, 2024

Erica Dale (WPLP 2020), Kacheckia Dewitt (Cumberland 2022), and Brandan Lucas (NELA 2022) accepted to the 2023-2024 NCPAPA AP Accelerator Cohort.

The AP Accelerator (APA) is a statewide leadership development program for Assistant Principals nominated by their district superintendent with a high potential for being fast-tracked into the principalship. Assistant Principals, who typically spend 3-5 years in the role, enter the AP Accelerator Program and receive targeted, “just-in-time” leadership development and coaching from proven practitioners in the… 

Feb 28, 2024

Dr. Jenn Ayscue named NC State Faculty Scholar

NC State’s 2023-24 class of University Faculty Scholars was announced today. These 22 early- and mid-career faculty receive this designation in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements and contributions to NC State through their teaching, scholarship and service to the university and beyond. 

Jan 12, 2024

Dr. Kendrick Alston (NELA Cohort II) was featured in a news segment about the construction of Foust Elementary school, where he serves as principal.

The school is transitioning into a Gaming and Robotics School featuring dynamic, hands-on learning. 

Jan 9, 2024

Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli has been named a Distinguished Professor.

We are inspired by Dr. Fusarelli’s dedication to improving K-12 education and proud of her well-deserved recognition. 

Dec 19, 2023

We are thrilled to share the accomplishments of our graduates, faculty, and current fellows in 2023. It brings us joy to see the impact of NELA on NC schools and communities. Wishing you a cheerful holiday season from NELA!  

Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli (Professor and NELA Director) and Dr. Lance Fusarelli (Professor) outline the characteristics of exemplary school leader preparation programs in KAPPAN article.

Principal leadership is a crucial element of school performance. A landmark research review from 2004 found that principals are second only to teachers in impacting student achievement at school (Leithwood, Seashore Louis, & Wahlstrom, 2004). The Wallace Foundation commissioned a recent follow-up review of more than 200 studies, which suggested that principals’ influence on achievement…