One Reidsville city school administrator returned to the classroom this winter to expand her management and leadership skills with new information in such areas as law and computer technology through the Principals' Executive Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jeri Miller, principal of South End School, was among the 35 principals selected to participate in the university's program, which provides professional-level courses for principals and superintendents. The principals were taught current administrative techniques and how to think creatively about management in a school setting during the 21-day program which ended in March.The course required participants to complete 160 hours of classroom work during three months. In addition to law and technology, other major areas of study included personnel management, communications, self-knowledge, curriculum and personal development. Participants read, completed study guides and discussed the contents of 13 books, 80 articles and 30 case studies assigned by the 65 faculty members. In addition, they wrote papers on educational management and school leadership.
``The intense management education provided by the program makes long-lasting changes in the principal as a leader,' said Robert Phay, program director. ``We teach a principal the importance of setting high expectations for students and faculty, how to run a more effective school, and the need to develop and implement long-range goals for the school.'
Upon graduation of this group, 784 of the state's public school administrators, including 65 superintendents from two superintendents' programs, have completed the program since it began in September 1984. The program is the longest in-residence management program for school principals in the nation.
Miller is one of two administrators from Reidsville City Schools to complete the program.