Northeast Leadership Academy

Jun 11, 2019

Matthew Bristow-Smith ’14MSA Named 2019 North Carolina Principal of the Year

Matthew Bristow-Smith '14MSA was named the 2019 North Carolina Principal of the Year after leading Edgecombe Early College High School to five straight years of high performance.

May 14, 2019

EdNC.org: How Public School Educators Built a Radically Innovative School

What would students come up with if given the chance to design their own schools? That's the question a team of administrators -- including NC State College of Education graduates Valerie Bridges '10EDD, Donnell Cannon '16MSA, Jenny O'Meara '16MSA and Erin Swanson '12MSA -- in Edgecombe County posed two years ago when thinking of ways to increase student engagement, graduation rates and more in their county. The response to that question helped create the North Phillips School of Innovation, a micro school pilot in Tarboro, North Carolina.

May 14, 2019

NCDPI: Edgecombe County School Leader Named 2019 N.C. Principal of the Year

Matthew Bristow-Smith '14MSA was named Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Friday, May 10. He took the helm of Edgecombe Early College High School shortly after completing the NC State College of Education's Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) in 2014. Of the award and his role within his school, Bristow-Smith said, “The work is not about us. The work is about the kids. It’s about the families. It’s about the communities that we serve.”

Dec 6, 2018

The Hunt Institute: Meaningful Partnerships – Lessons from Two Innovative Principal Preparation Programs

A study from the Hunt Institute highlights two innovative programs – the Northeast Leadership Academy at the NC State College of Education and Kansas City Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (KC PLUS) in Missouri. In creating pro­grams to meet the unique needs of districts located in rural and urban settings, respectively, both NELA and KC PLUS have built rigorous, practice-based principal preparation programs utilizing equity-fo­cused school leader development. The Hunt Institute takes a closer look at each program.

Feb 19, 2018

Quality Leadership Matters Blog: NC State Educational Leadership Academies Helping to Create Stronger Leaders, Schools

NC State College of Education's Northeast Leadership Academy is shaping the future of high-need schools in North Carolina by providing high-quality leaders and innovative approaches to school support. Learn more about the academy in this Quality Leadership Matters Blog report.

Jun 16, 2017  |  Honors and Awards

Lesley Wirt Wins 2017 University Award for Excellence

Lesley Wirt, associate director of the Northeast Leadership Academy, was one of 12 NC State staff members to receive a 2017 University Award for Excellence for her exemplary contributions to the university and community.

Jan 23, 2017  |  Our People

Northeast Leadership Academy Alumna Chosen for District Award

Cindy Miller-Walker, Franklin County School's 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year and NELA graduate, shares how the College of Education shaped her career.

Oct 27, 2016

Heroic School Leadership

Rural leaders are coming together to help Hurricane Matthew's most vulnerable victims: children. These leaders include graduates of Northeast Leadership Academy, the nation's top principal preparation program.

Jun 27, 2016

Revitalizing Rural Schools

Closing the student achievement gap in North Carolina starts with training outstanding classroom leaders. That’s the goal of the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA), an NC State degree program that equips principals to serve in high-poverty, hard-to-staff and historically low-performing schools.