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Collaboration Improves Remote, Hybrid Learning
Collaboration Improves Remote, Hybrid Learning
Posted on 10/08/2020
Pictured are Hominy Valley Elementary School Principal Joanne Walker (left) and Pisgah Elementary School Principal Jeanann Yates.Pictured are Hominy Valley Elementary School Principal Joanne Walker (left) and Pisgah Elementary School Principal Jeanann Yates.

BCS Communications Department

Two BCS principals will be among the first to take part in a statewide leadership development program to strengthen remote and hybrid learning for students.

Pisgah Elementary School Principal Jeanann Yates and Hominy Valley Elementary School Principal Joanne Walker will join educators from across the state for Distinguished Leadership in a Remote Learning Environment (DLR), an online professional development program. They will focus on developing a shared vision for high quality instruction in a remote and hybrid learning environment, promoting and developing teacher effectiveness through evaluation and coaching, and creating a collaborative culture of high expectations for students and staff.

Ms. Walker said she’s excited about strengthening her own leadership skills and talking to her peers about creating a consistent teaching framework for teachers.

“It affords us the opportunity to move from basic strategies to more advanced teaching and learning strategies in the remote setting,” she said. “We now have the opportunity to design better solutions to maximize student learning in both remote and hybrid settings.”

“We will be studying the different components of high-quality instruction, coaching, evaluation, culture, and equity in the remote learning environment,” Ms. Yates added. “Communication affords everyone the opportunity to be on the same page and discuss barriers, strategies, and instruction to meet the needs of our students. When all stakeholders collaborate and communicate, the students are the ultimate benefactors.”

DLR was developed by the North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD).

The virtual program, funded by NCDPI, is available to practicing principals throughout North Carolina and their school leadership teams including assistant principals and instructional coaches. The inaugural cohort of 206 school leaders represents sixty-two school districts and thirteen charter schools from across the state. Additional cohorts will be held in the near future.

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