UNCG has partnered with eleven rural districts and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to train 20 educators to serve as school leaders in high-needs, rural schools. The program, Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) is funded by a $1.8 million grant from the North Carolina Alliance for School Leader Development.

PPEERS students collaborate on a team building and problem-solving activity to prepare for their 10-month internship experience. Photo credit: David Wilson, Tigermoth Creative

The grant funds an 18-month program, involving eleven rural districts struggling to find and keep effective principals for high-needs schools in Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Person, Montgomery, Stanly, Randolph, Rockingham, Surry, and Lee counties, as well as the City of Lexington. PPEERS reflects the UNCG School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations‘ commitment to addressing issues of social justice, equity, and culturally-responsive leadership.

Dr. Kimberly Kappler-Hewitt, faculty member in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, is the principal investigator for the grant.

Learn more about the PPEERS program by visiting this link to an article, written by Andrea Crossley Spencer, with Tigermoth Creative.

Photo credits: David Wilson of Tigermoth Creative.

Feature photo description: During the Journey of Self Discovery, the PPEERS cohort strengthened their bonds and problem-solving skills through a series of low ropes course activities at Piney Lake with Team QUEST.  They established life lessons that will extend into their principalships.