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Watch | Principals and experts schooled us on remote learning

Principals Jennifer Dean and Brad Richardson hosted the communication lecture. Robert Kinlaw/EducationNC

When schools moved to emergency remote learning last year, it wasn’t just new territory for teachers and students. Principals and other school leaders had to adjust, too.

So EdNC created more than six hours of instructional content on remote learning in partnership with the NC Principal and Assistant Principals’ Association, the NC Alliance for School Leadership Development, and the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Each video begins with a short lecture on a given topic. After that, we dive into lengthy discussions with experts and principals.

Below, you’ll find all six videos. Make sure to bookmark this page if you’re interested in completing the whole course.


Narrated by Matt Bristow-Smith and Tabari Wallace


Narrated by Dawn Ramseur and Seth Brown

Engagement, Equity, and Assessment

Narrated by Dr. Carrie Tulbert and Kisha Clemons

School Culture

Narrated by Matt Wight and Gloria Woods-Weeks


Narrated by Dawn Ramseur and Seth Brown


Narrated by Jennifer Dean and Brad Richardson

For the lectures, writers included Dawn Ramseur, Seth Brown, Tom Williams, Adria Kempner, and Robert Kinlaw, with input from Shirley Prince, Tracy Story, and the various principals we worked with.

The discussions were moderated by Dawn Ramseur, Seth Brown, Tracy Story, and Tom Williams.

These principals participated in discussions:

  • Matt Wight
  • Donna Bledsoe
  • Desarae Kirkpatrick
  • Titus Hopper
  • Virginia Jacobs
  • Michelle White
  • James Frye
  • Dr. Sandy Chambers
  • Shayla Savage
  • Brad Richardson
  • Dr. Will Chavis
  • Tonya Treadway

And we interviewed these experts:

  • Dr. Vanessa Wrenn
  • Dr. Angie Mullennix
  • Dr. Catherine Edmonds
  • Dr. Robert Taylor
  • Dr. Liz Colbert
  • Dr. David Stegall
  • Dr. Beverly Emory
  • Abbey Askew

While recording the introductions and narration for each lesson, we maintained six feet of social distancing between all parties. All discussions were conducted online via Zoom.

We would like to thank all the principals and others who made time in their schedules to participate in this project. We hope it will be useful for other school leaders moving forward!

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at