NELA: Northeast Leadership Academy

Relocated to NC State College of Education in June, 2014

The Northeast Leadership Academy is designed to develop highly skilled school leaders in fourteen northeast North Carolina school districts.The program focuses on preparing principals who are instructional leaders for rural, high poverty schools. For participating educators, the program offers:

  • Two years of field-based experiences and coursework to earn a Master of School Administration degree and principal licensure;
  • A full-time paid internship in year two;
  • Funded travel to high performing, high poverty schools;
  • A community-based paid internship during the summer;
  • Individualized leadership coaching, early career induction and support.

NELA participants are committed to dramatically improving persistently low-achieving schools, and make a three-year, post-degree commitment to work in northeast high-need schools.

NELA graduates have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be effective leaders of change — using data to focus on results and reflect on practice.

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Bonnie Fusarelli
Associate Professor/Faculty Research Fellow

Matt Militello
Associate Professor/Faculty Research Fellow

Andy Overstreet
Director of Education Leadership Initiatives

Lesley Wirt
Project Coordinator

Dianne Griffiths
Project Assistant