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Educating Principals For Clark County Schools

Almost 10 years ago, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District made a bold move.

It began to strategically place its best principals within the district’s lowest performing schools.

In a few years, 27 schools turned around with teachers and administrators working together. The school district’s strategy? Make school leadership a priority.

Today, the largest school district in North Carolina has five programs to train their principals, including an aspiring high school principal program.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District is similar to Clark County schools, with 54 percent of students living in poverty, 210,000 teachers, 159 schools and located in a right-to-work-state. So, how are principals in Clark County trained and could the school district learn anything from its colleagues in North Carolina?

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Diane Lewis, principal of Edwards Elementary, admitted that being the principal at an urban school in Las Vegas “isn’t for everyone,” but “I love the challenges of teaching in an urban school.”


Ann Clark, deputy superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District

Diane Lewis, principal, Elbert Edwards Elementary School

Marcus Mason, principal, Booker Elementary School

Travis Warnick, principal, Shadow Ridge High School

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