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 10 rural districts that struggle to find and keep effective principals for high needs schools and UNC Greensboro.
Read more about PPEERS in the articles below.
Completion of program leads to NC Level I Principal License and MSA degree.