UNCG SOE PPEERS Program Now Recruiting Third Cohort for 2020-2022

Posted on October 31, 2019

The UNC Greensboro School of Education is recruiting 20 highly committed instructional leaders for Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) who will make up their third cohort for 2020-2022. PPEERS candidates will be selected through a rigorous two-stage process — the District Application is due January 31, 2020 and the UNCG Application is due March 7, 2020. PPEERS seeks to recruit candidates who reflect the diversity of the districts served by the program.

UNCG SOE is looking for PPEERS candidates 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 here. Each partnering district has a limited number of openings; as a result, the selection of participants is a competitive process.

Supported by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leader Development, PPEERS is a partnership between UNCG, 11 rural school districts (Chatham, Davidson, Lee, Lincoln, Montgomery, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stanley, and Surry counties, as well as the UNCG Moss Street Partnership School. The program recruits and prepares committed educators to serve as school leaders in rural school districts. Ultimately, the goal is to create a strong principal pipeline to benefit underrepresented, high-needs schools across North Carolina. 

PPEERS is spearheaded by program director Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt; assistant director Dr. Mark A. Rumley; Dr. Carl Lashley, current ELC faculty member and co-director of the Moss Street Partnership School; and Ms. Candice Nelson, Program Manager.

UNCG received $1.8 million in 2016 to fund the first 18-month cohort. Given the success of the first group, additional funding of $3.5 million (2018-2022) was awarded to extend the program to support two more cohorts. For more information on the PPEERS Program, please visit soe.uncg.edu/ppeers.