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How NELA prepares principals to lead North Carolina schools

Principal Donnell Cannon, right, sits with a student at lunch at North Edgecombe High School.  Liz Bell/EducationNC
  • Principals are second only to the teacher when it comes to impact on student achievement, according to Bonnie Fusarelli, director of the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA)
  • NELA is a principal preparation program that specifically targets historically low-performing schools
  • The program started in 2009 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and graduated its first cohort in 2012

On this episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Bonnie Fusarelli. She is a professor at NC State’s College of Education and the director of the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA). NELA helps prepare principals for their role as leaders in North Carolina schools. 


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