The West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) is pleased to honor 12 principals and assistant principals as members of the 2014 class of Principals’ Leadership Academy (PLA) Distinguished Scholars. The administrators participated in last year’s PLA for New Principals and illustrated exemplary work and participation. As a result, WVCPD will recognize each of them at events and meetings scheduled at their schools or in their counties.
Each year, WVCPD assists new principals as they transition into their roles as instructional leaders of their schools. The Academy meets at various locations three times per year. Between these meetings, the principals maintain ongoing communications with their team leaders and their peers through a PLA wiki and other technologies. Participants enroll from all parts of the state and learn important information about school management, finance, effective evaluation strategies and avenues to enhance student learning and achievement.
The 12 scholars were selected based upon review by their experienced team leaders, as well as performance on their online collaboration, and the presentation of a final project. These projects focused on attendance, physical activity for students, reducing tardiness, parent involvement, personalized learning and promoting positive behavior among other topics. This project identified a need at their respective school and used data to further explore and address the issue.
Locally, the 2014 PLA Scholars are Courtney Clemons, Western Greenbrier Middle School, and Dr. Lyn Guy, Davis-Stuart School.
WVCPD will send additional information to local media outlets about specific award presentations in their regions as that information becomes available. For details about this and other WVCPD programs, please visit www.wvcpd.org or contact Christy Day, director of communications at 304-558-0539 or via email at Christv.B.Day@wv.gov.