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UNR, School District Partnering to Train Teachers Seeking Principalship


By Carla O’Day

University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) College of Education and the Washoe County School District are working together to redesign UNR’s educational leadership program for school teachers who want to become principals.

The program, Nevada Leads, is scheduled to launch in spring 2017. Funding is through a $113,000 grant from the state Department of Education.

Principals from the following schools are taking part: Anderson, Booth, Cannan, Diedrichsen, Donner Springs and Mathews elementary schools; Clayton Pre-AP Academy, Mendive and Shaw middle schools; and North Valleys, McQueen, Sparks and TMCC high schools.

Mentoring principals are assisting in course creation and plan to serve as co-instructors.

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Melissa Burnham, Photo: UNR

“The program is based on evidence showing the importance of a school’s leader in impacting teaching quality, student outcomes and teacher retention,” UNR associate dean Melissa Burnham said in a statement.

Goals include strengthening collaboration between UNR and the school district and aligning the master’s degree program with district needs.

“This will help to balance theoretical and practical perspectives that are of great benefit to those students looking to work in educational leadership,” McQueen principal Susan Denning said in a statement.

Nevada Leads is accepting masters degree applicants through Dec. 1. Contact Melissa Burnham at [email protected] or visit http://www.unr.edu/degrees/educational-leadership/med for more information.

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Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.