Rural schools face disadvantages when recruiting prospective principals, and rural schools receive significantly fewer applications than larger districts (Pjanowski, Hewitt, & Brady, 2009). With the challenges rural districts face in recruiting and retaining principals expected to grow more acute in coming decades (Cruzeiro & Boon, 2009), the development of rural principal pipelines is imperative (Wood, Find, and Mirecki, 2013).
Drawing on this research, Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) involves a partnership amongst 11 rural districts that struggle to find and keep effective principals for high needs schools and UNC Greensboro.
At the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) awards luncheon on November 11th, the PPEERS program was awarded the 2021 UCEA Exemplary Educational Leadership Program (EELP) award. The EELP award celebrates exemplary programs that model and can catalyze and support ongoing program improvement in other universities.
Check out highlights from our current PPEERS 3 cohort and past cohorts in our PPEERS Spotlight Report.
Read more about PPEERS in the articles below.
- UNC System Awards NC Principal Fellow Program (NCPFP) Grants, Funding PPEERS through 2028
- Growing Our Own Principals
- $1.6M Grant Prepares Principals to Lead in Rural, High-Needs Schools
- UNCG, HPU win million-dollar grant to train principals
Completion of program leads to NC Level I Principal License and MSA degree.