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BEST NC releases report, video on transforming principal preparation

School principals are critical to student success. A full quarter of a school’s impact on student learning can be directly attributed to the school leader. At BEST NC, we believe that top-notch preparation for school principals is one of the highest-yield investments we can make in student success and our state’s economy.

Since 2015, BEST NC has championed a nation-leading effort to transform preparation for principals in North Carolina. The state’s initial $4.5M investment in “Transforming Principal Preparation” (TP3) is now preparing more than 100 rigorously-selected and highly-trained principals to take on leadership roles in some of the state’s highest need schools this fall. At scale, the program will have the capacity to prepare every new principal in the state.

Our first-ever Policy Brief outlines the origin, progress, and power of this approach to principal preparation. The accompanying video gives voice to just a few of the outstanding educators in TP3’s first cohort.


BEST NC (Business for Education Success and Transformation in NC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s education system. We do this by convening a broad constituency; encouraging collaboration around a shared, bold vision for education; and advocating for policies, research, programs, and awareness that will significantly improve education in North Carolina.