Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS)

PPEERS Recruitment

UNC Greensboro is recruiting 20 highly committed instructional leaders for Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS). We are looking for those who are passionate about rural schools and who would like to participate in a fully-funded intensive 42- credit hour Master of School Administration (MSA) two-year degree program.

The application process is open to all interested participants who meet the selection requirements, characteristics, and assurances, and submit all application materials as outlined. Each partnering district has a limited number of openings; as a result, the selection of participants is a competitive process.

Characteristics of Strong PPEERS Candidate

  • Substantive (>3 three years) teaching experience
  • Strong instructional skills
  • Experience using data to inform instruction
  • Commitment to educational change
  • Track record of promoting the growth of other teachers
  • Commitment to equity and diversity
  • Demonstration of a growth versus fixed mindset
  • Demonstration of an assets versus deficit orientation
  • Commitment to serving in rural schools

Participant Assurances

  • Applicant is fully certified and/or licensed by the state; holds at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; and demonstrates competence in each core academic subject area in which they teach
  • Applicant will attend, actively participate, share, and apply information learned in the required 42 credit hour program of rigorous UNC Greensboro coursework, resulting in a Masters of School Administration (MSA) degree and initial principal licensure
  • Applicant will participate in a group-based practicum at a case study, high-needs rural school in his/her geographic area
  • Applicant will engage in an intensive leadership development program called Journey of Self-Discovery and will create and implement a Personal Leadership Growth plan
  • Applicant will actively collaborate with cohort members and conduct agreed-upon assigned tasks to complete small team leadership projects, related class assignments, special topic seminars, and study tours
  • Applicant will fully participate in a rich, engaging, comprehensive full-time 10-month clinical practice internship at assigned school
  • Applicant will collaboratively work with Mentor Principal, Internship Supervisor, and Leadership Coach enacting feedback to grow and develop in school-based leadership

Learn more by reviewing our PPEERS Program Brochure (PDF) and the PPEERS program calendars: Recuritment and 2020, 2021, 2022 (PDF) and 2020-2022 Event Timeline (PDF).

Selection Process

Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) candidates will be selected through a rigorous two-stage process:

Stage 1: District Application – Due 1/31/2020

  1. Application & Current Résumé
  2. 3 letters of support (Current supervisor and grade-level chair, peer, community member, etc.)
  3. 3 to 5 page personal statement that reflects commitment to education, instructional leadership and data use, and being an equity-oriented change agent
  4. Additional component such as interview or video-recording responding to a leadership scenario or a case study, as determined by District Selection Committee.

PPEERS candidates who are selected by the District Selection Committee will move to Stage 2.  Notifications will be made on or before 2/28/20 by the District Selection Committee.

Stage 2: UNCG Application – Due 3/07/2020

  1. Formal Application to the UNCG Graduate School, which requires: 1) transcripts; 2) three recommendations (can be the same from stage 1); 3) current resume and 4) a written essay in response to a prompt.
  2. Attend Interview Day at UNCG on 3/14/2020.

Final decisions will be made by UNCG in collaboration and agreement with each partner district on 3/30/2020.

Completion of program leads to NC Level I Principal License and MSA degree.