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Mitchell County Educators Examine Teacher Leadership with NCCAT

Mitchell County Educators Examine Teacher Leadership with NCCAT

OCRACOKE—During a Teacher Leadership Institute program 12 members of a Mitchell County Schools team focused on creating more teacher leaders while at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a nationally recognized leader in professional development.

The four-day program in Ocracoke allowed educators the chance to work on efforts to help teacher leadership in the Mitchell County district. The new offering is designed to respond to the needs of school districts.

Two distinguished educators lead the NCCAT program. Dr. Bruce Boyles is a former superintendent of Cleveland County Schools and is now an associate professor at Gardner-Webb University. Dr. Ed Davis worked for 35 years in the Union County Public Schools including time as an assistant superintendent and superintendent. He now works as an assistant professor at Wingate University.

“Ed and Bruce were amazing instructors who provided valuable information that will benefit our school system for years to come,” Mitchell County Schools Superintendent Chad Calhoun said. “Alton Ballance (NCCAT faculty member) also helped build our team relationships. All parts of this NCCAT training were well organized and very informational. I highly recommend this opportunity to any and all systems.”

The essential components of the program cover the topic of leadership as a concept and the specifics of teacher leadership. Educators explore the elements of leadership, teacher leadership potential, personality traits, group dynamics, mentoring, problem solving, teacher leadership standards, and implementing teacher leadership roles in the school setting. Other elements of the program can be selected at the discretion of the Local Education Agencies (LEA) and include such topics as Professional Learning Communities, Data Informed Leadership, Team Building, Technology Leadership, and School Improvement Plans.

For more information on how your district can take part in a Teacher Leadership Institute program, please contact Bill Miller at [email protected] or 828-293-5202.


Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. For more information about NCCAT’s professional development programs, visit or call 828-293-5202.

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