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NCSU Durham Principal Leadership Academy Information Session

posted Sep 9, 2016, 8:36 AM by rhonda_kaye@dpsnc.net

Learn more about NC State University’s Master of School Administration degree (MSA) in Durham, North Carolina
Thursday, September 15, 2016
5:00 to 6:00 pm
DPS Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Road
Durham, NC 27705

To learn more, please visit: go.ncsu.edu/nela2.0

Out of the Box Proposals OPEN NOW!

posted Sep 9, 2016, 8:11 AM by rhonda_kaye@dpsnc.net

Out of the Box is returning Wednesday, October 19.  Sign up today to present!! 

OUT OF THE BOX: Using High Yield Strategies to Maximize Student Success, April 27, 2016

posted Apr 21, 2016, 1:10 PM by Jennifer Nifong

OUT OF THE BOX:  Using High Yield Strategies to Maximize Student Success, April 27, 2016,  is fast approaching!  Registration Deadline:  April 26, 2017

Are you interested in becoming a SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR and already have a Master's Degree?

posted Mar 7, 2016, 9:20 AM by Melissa Hall-Freeman

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is offering an ONLINE Post-master's certificate in School Administration!


• 24 credit hours

• 4 core academic courses plus a year-long internship

• Begins in summer; can be completed in 15 months

• Courses fully online

• Cohort-based

• In-person orientation session at the start of each semester to acclimate students to technology and introduce them to instructors and classmates

• Meets requirements of NC state legislation for School Administration licensure


Please see the attached flier for more information about this wonderful FULLY ONLINE opportunity from UNCG!!!

TEACH FOR SUCCESS IN DPS! Classroom Management Training is back by POPULAR DEMAND!

posted Sep 16, 2015, 12:37 PM by Melissa Hall-Freeman

Register TODAY for our Teach for Success in DPS Classroom Management Training on OCTOBER 8th!!!! 
This training will introduce you to the 10 Best Practices of Classroom Management and you will leave with a well-developed classroom management plan that will transform your teaching and strengthen your classroom culture! LPD will pay for your substitute so talk with your principal about attending! Contact Jennifer Nifong to register! Jennifer.Nifong@dpsnc.net 

Learning Opportunities--1st Quarter 2015

posted Aug 26, 2015, 9:10 AM by Jennifer Nifong

Don't forget to register on My Learning Plan for your 1st Quarter Professional Development! For more information please contact Jennifer Nifong, jennifer.nifong@dpsnc.net (919) 560-2889.

Sign Up Today!

Learning Opportunities – 1st Quarter 2015

Training Title


Dates Offered/Location



Teach for Success:  Module I

Classroom Management/De-Escalation

During this 1-day training, teachers will receive instruction and then collaborate to develop a classroom management plan to transform their teaching and impact student success.  The 6-hour session will break for lunch.  Substitutes will be provided by the Leadership and Professional Development Department.

September 3– 8:30am – 3:45pm


October 8—8:30am—3:45pm

Classroom Teachers

Jennifer Nifong Emmett Tilley

Teach for Success:  Module I

Classroom Management/De-Escalation for Instructional Assistants and Substitutes

During this 1/2-day training, Teacher Assistants and Substitutes will receive instruction on Classroom Management Best Practices.

September 9– 8:30 – 11:30am

September 9– 12:30 – 3:30pm

September 30– 8:30 – 11:30am

September 30– 12:30 – 3:30pm


Instructional Assistants and Substitutes

Jennifer Nifong Emmett Tilley

Teach for Success:  Module II

Relationships Matter

During this 1/2-day training, teachers will receive instruction on 10 Best Practices of building student/teacher relationships.  There is a Pre-Requisite course:  Classroom Management-Module 1..

September 17—8:30-11:30am

October 22—8:30-11:30am

Classroom Teachers

Jennifer Nifong Emmett Tilley

Best Practices for Beginning Teachers:  Essential Components of Quality Lesson Planning

Participants will develop an understanding of a framework for planning purposeful, standards-driven, backward design lessons that are engaging and challenging for all students.

Part 1:  September 22—3:30-5:30pm

Part 2:  October 29—3:30-5:30pm

Beginning Teachers

Jennifer Nifong Emmett Tilley


posted Aug 13, 2015, 9:48 AM by Melissa Hall-Freeman

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Superintendent's Future Leaders Program. Please visit http://central.dpsnc.net/sflp for more information! 


posted Jul 20, 2015, 6:24 AM by Melissa Hall-Freeman

This Wednesday, July 22nd is our last day of KEY DATA SET Trainings for this summer (EVAAS, mClass & EXPLORE/PLAN) and it is NOT too late to register!!!To register, simply go to MYLEARNINGPLAN and enter ADMIN in the search to see the courses offered! These trainings are appropriate for Principals, Assistant Principals, IFs, Lead Teachers and Counselors. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Summer Learning Opportunities for Principals, Assistant Principals and IFs

posted Jun 9, 2015, 1:57 PM by Melissa Hall-Freeman

Please don't forget to register on My Learning Plan for your Summer Learning Sessions! Registration is filling up for the June 23rd Continuous Improvement Session! The EXPLORE/PLAN data session is highly recommended for Middle and High School administrators and IFs. Sign Up Today!

Leadership Trainings – Summer 2015

Training Title


Dates Offered/Location



Graduate Durham Framework and  Bottom Line Expectations


Participants will receive an overview of the new Graduate Durham Instructional Framework and be introduced to the Bottom Line Expectations for Excellence


Area 1 (SDC)

June 15th – 1:00 – 4:00pm

Area 2 (SDC)

June 16th – 1:00 – 4:00pm

Area 3 (SDC)

June 17th  – 1:00 – 4:00pm

All Principals, Assistant Principals and Instructional Facilitators

Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman


Leadership Meeting


Senior Staff will review district achievement data during the morning session. The meeting will be followed by a celebratory year-end cookout at the HUB Farm.


June 18th


8:30 – 11:30am

Data Meeting at SDC


12:00 – 2:00pm

Cookout Celebration at HUB Farm

All Principals and Assistant Principals

Senior Staff

Continuous Improvement Training


Principals and School Improvement Team members will be introduced to the new Graduate Durham School Improvement Template tool for SIP plan development. Teams will be given time for individual school planning and collaboration.


Choose one of the following options:

June 23rd – 9:00 – 4:00pm

July 14th – 9:00 – 4:00pm

July 21st  - 9:00 – 4:00pm

Each School should send a team consisting of Principal and two additional members of the School Improvement Team

Jill Hall

Emmett Tilley

Maximizing Growth with Key Data Sets





Participants will gain of deeper understanding of key data sets and how to utilize the data to drive strategic decision making for school improvement.


June 24th & July 22nd

9:00 – 12:00 or 1:00 - 4:00

(mClass, Explore/PLAN)

9:00am – 4:00pm



July 15th

9:00 – 12:00 or 1:00 - 4:00

(mClass, Explore/PLAN, Data for Principals)

9:00am – 4:00pm



Principals, Assistant Principals and Instructional Facilitators


. Principals may choose the sessions most relevant to their level and needs

mClass – Claudia Lanier


EVAAS – SAS & Greg McNight

EXPLORE/PLAN – Gwen Rouhlac


Data for Principals (July 15th only) – Derrick Jackson



Kick-Off Meeting


Principals and Assistant Principals will join Senior Staff & District Leaders to launch the 2015-16 school year.


August 6th

8:30am – 4:30pm


Principals, Assistant Principals and Central Services Staff

Senior Staff

Summer Home Base PD Opportunities for Administrators and Teachers with Stipends Announced!

posted Jun 1, 2015, 9:20 AM by Jerry Williamson   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 10:02 AM ]

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) is offering professional development regarding Home Base to users (administrators and teachers) this summer.  If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity, click on the appropriate link in the details below.

  • Registration deadline is Friday, June 19th.  
  • Participants will receive a $165 stipend
  • Durham Public Schools' Region, Region 3, is scheduled for July 23rd at Rocky Mount High School in Nash County.  
  • NC DPI is also looking for Home Base (PowerTeacher, Schoolnet) "power users" to lead the PD sessions, as well.  There will be stipends for these presenters, but details have yet to be released.  You can email Jerry.Williamson@dpsnc.net if you are interested in being a presenter for the sessions.  

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