GREENSBORO, NC — The UNC Greensboro School of Education is recruiting 20 highly committed instructional leaders for Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) who will make up their third cohort for 2020-2022. PPEERS candidates will be selected through a rigorous two-stage process — the District Application is due January 31, 2020 and the UNCG Application is due March 7, 2020. PPEERS seeks to recruit candidates who reflect the diversity of the districts served by the program.

UNCG SOE is looking for PPEERS candidates who are passionate about rural schools and who would like to participate in a fully-funded, intensive 42-credit hour Master of School Administration (MSA) two-year degree program. The application process is open to all interested participants who meet the selection requirements, characteristics, and assurances, and submit all application materials as outlined here. Each partnering district has a limited number of openings; as a result, the selection of participants is a competitive process. 

Supported by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leader Development, PPEERS is a partnership between UNCG, 11 rural school districts (Chatham, Davidson, Lee, Lincoln, Montgomery, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stanley, and Surry counties, as well as the UNCG Moss Street Partnership School. The program recruits and prepares committed educators to serve as school leaders in rural school districts. Ultimately, the goal is to create a strong principal pipeline to benefit underrepresented, high-needs schools across North Carolina. 

PPEERS is spearheaded by program director Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt; Assistant Director Dr. Mark A. Rumley; Dr. Carl Lashley, current ELC faculty member and co-director of the Moss Street Partnership School; and Ms. Candice Nelson, Program Manager.

UNCG received $1.8 million in 2016 to fund the first 18-month cohort. Given the success of the first group, additional funding of $3.5 million (2018-2022) was awarded to extend the program to support two more cohorts. For more information on the PPEERS Program, please visit

About the UNC Greensboro School of Education 

The School of Education (SOE) at UNCG is committed to advancing access to life’s opportunities by providing transformative learning, leading innovation and discovery, engaging communities, and promoting equity and diversity. The history of the School of Education (SOE) extends back nearly 100 years as one of the first teacher preparation programs established in the state of North Carolina, and it is ranked among the top 10 regional graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The SOE is a hub for innovation in education, being home to a wide range of funded research projects and initiatives that are advancing the fields of education, counseling, assessment, equity, and social justice. The largest producer of education professionals in the Piedmont Triad region, the SOE is dedicated to partnering with schools and organizations in the community leading to more than 250,000 hours of support services provided by both faculty and students every year. This experience not only changes their lives through exceptional professional opportunities and growth, but in turn changes the lives of generations of individuals through their roles as teachers, administrators, counselors, and researchers. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG SOE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About UNC Greensboro

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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