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NELA in the News 2011-2012

Regional Leadership Academies Networking Event at the Friday Institute
NC State University, November 28, 2012

Northeast Leadership Academy, Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy, and Sandhills Leadership Academy

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Three Cakes

Anna Brady
NELA Fellows

Opening Circle with all Cohort I Graduates

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Small Groups


Dr. Fusarelli and Dr. Militello – NELA Project Directors

Gov. Hunt
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. as Keynote Speaker

Donna Peters
Panel with Cohort 1Graduates, Principal Mentors, and Executive Coaches

Cohort 1 Gets Invited to the Governor’s Mansion to Celebrate their Graduation!

NELA Gov Mansion from EduTrope on Vimeo


Cohort 1 Graduates are Getting Jobs!

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Educational Law Association 2012 Annual Conference Presentation

Fellow Jackson Olsen presented at the Annual ELA in Hilton Head, SC in November 2012.

Education Law Association

UCEA Film Festival

Cohorts 1 and 2 present at a national conference for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) on Nov. 17 in Denver, CO. 2012 is the first year UCEA had a peer-reviewed Film Festival!

Tonya Little is screening her “Awakening” Self-as-Leader video and Melissa Harris Richardson, Shelley Williams, and Yolanda Wiggins are screening the video on “Halifax Community”.

NC State University Press Release


Jackson Olsen is in charge of rolling out Get Connected

Get Connected is a new online resource offered by the United Way of Vance County that will connect local non-profit agencies to the community they serve.

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Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Schools, spoke to NELA Cohort II


NELA Cohort I Fellow, Ryan Hurley, Makes a School Board Presentation


Cohort I Fellow’s Internship Spotlighted


NELA Cohort I Fellows Featured in Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald in a Presentation to Halifax Superintendent Dr. Frederick


NELA Cohort II Fellow Honored as Outstanding Teacher


Kendrick Alston, mathematics teacher at Baskerville Elementary School, was honored at the annual conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) as the Outstanding Elementary School Mathematics Teacher for the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System. The Department of Public Instruction commended Alston for his excellence in the classroom and applauded him for receiving this noteworthy honor deserving of statewide recognition. Alston received a personalized award from NCCTM as well as a year’s membership in the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics professional association. Baskerville principal, Ann Mitchell, praised Alston, “Mr. Alston lives the belief that ‘all children can learn. He has high expectations for all students and will do whatever it takes educationally to help students succeed. Parents are contacted frequently and making home visits is very common for him. As a result of his philosophy toward education and belief in his students, fifth grade math proficiency has risen by over sixty percent during the past 3 years. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to have Mr. Alston on our staff and setting such a fine example of teaching excellence.”

NELA Cohort 1 Fellow Helps Establish a Small Business Academy in Weldon HS through Summer Community Internship


Read how Erin Swanson helped the collaboration with the Roanoke Valley Camber of Commerce staff, NC REAL, and Halifax Community College to create a Small Business Academy in Weldon High School.

NELA Cohort I Fellow Works with Warren County Superintendent on Year-Round Schools

Click here to read how Ryan Hurley and Superintendent Dr. Ray Spain presented to the Board of Education and County Commissioners. PDF of newspaper article is below.

NELA Cohort I Fellow Helps School Obtain Computers


“Hope Walker, a principal intern through the Northeast Leadership Academy, said students were nominated by the principal, teachers, and staff at Belmont.”

NELA Cohort I Fellow Published!

Ryan Hurley recently co-authored an introduction to a Special Edition of the Journal of Research on Educational Research (a nationally recognized peer-referred journal).

The issue is titled “Preparing Education Leaders to Harness the Power of Advanced Technologies”.

The article focuses on the uses of advanced, interactive technologies to be used in principal preparation programs. Each article has digital artifacts including detailed directions for implementation as well as an example of technology outputs (e.g. student projects.

Click here to access the entire journal. Below is the PDF article co-authored by Ryan.

Fellow on Front Page of Newspaper!


Cohort I Fellow, Mark Barfield, works with a student at his internship site.

Warren County Register Article about NELA Cohort I Fellows.

Click Here to read article.

Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald Article About NELA Cohort I Fellows


NELA Presentations

Militello, M. & Fusarelli, B. (2011, November). Racing to the top with regional leadership academies: The Northeast Leadership Academy. Paper presentation at the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, PA.

Brady, K., Militello, M., Eckes, S., Bello, A.* & Murphy, S. * (2011, November). Teaching principals about the law. Paper presentation at the Annual Convention of the Educational Law Association, Chicago, IL.

*Cohort I Fellows

NELA Cohort II Fellow “EminOlsen” Raps!

Click here to view a video of Jackson Olsen using Rap as a pedagogical approach. This video was featured on the “Channel One” News Program!

Meeting with Governor Perdue


NELA Cohort I, September 2010

Summer Project Makes the News

Fellows Awarded Grants from Community Internship Work

Vance-Granville Community College students donate books, coats to local elementary school

The Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) chapter at Vance-Granville Community College recently completed a service project to collect books and new or gently used winter coats for children at South Warren Elementary School in Warrenton. Through the drive, VGCC students collected a total of 270 books and 18 coats. Another student club, the Phi Beta Lambda business student organization, partnered with SNCAE and contributed a number of the items. VGCC students presented the donations to representatives of the elementary school at an SNCAE monthly meeting on Dec. 7 on the college’s main campus in Vance County.

“It makes a great impact on our students to have quality reading materials available in our library,” said Tracey Neal, a principal intern at South Warren, who also happens to be an alumna of the VGCC College Transfer program. “Thank you for your support!” Katina Harris of Warrenton, president of the Parent Teacher Association for South Warren, echoed Neal’s sentiments, saying, “We really appreciate the efforts of VGCC students partnering with the community.”

SNCAE faculty advisor Tracey Bennett, an instructor and head of the Early Childhood Associate program, applauded the students, led by chapter president Amanda Pelkie of Oxford, for taking the initiative on the project. Student North Carolina Association of Educators is a pre-professional organization for college students who are preparing for careers in education, with chapters at colleges and universities across the state. SNCAE is a division of the larger North Carolina Association of Educators, the leading professional organization for educators in North Carolina. VGCC students in education, early childhood or college transfer courses are eligible to join the chapter.


VGCC Student North Carolina Association of Educators members presented books and coats to South Warren Elementary School on Dec. 7. Seated, from left are VGCC students Goldie Davis of Henderson and Lori Burney of Franklinton; standing, from left, are adviser Tracey Bennett, VGCC students Amanda Pelkie of Oxford, Annie Terry of Henderson, Kini Heyl of Louisburg, South Warren Elementary School NELA principal intern Tracey Neal, SWES Parent Teacher Association Vice President Donna Brown and PTA president Katina Harris.

National Association of Elementary School Principals Publishes White Paper by Dr. Militello

Hertford Webpage Features NELA


Militello and Colleagues Identify Key Practices to Reform High Schools

Militello, M. Schweid, J., & Carey, J. (2011). ¡Sí se Puede en Colaboración! Increasing Placement Rates of Low-Income Students. Teachers College REcord. 113(7), 1435-1476.

This study operationalizes what effective practices look like in high schools with low-income students. The findings move beyond normative models to be implemented across sites to illustrations of exemplar practices that can guide collaborative efforts to enact the specific tasks necessary to improve college readiness for students.

The five case study high schools were in Florida (urban), New Mexico (rural), California (urban), New Jersey (urban), and Texas (rural).