North Carolina Large District Consortium

State Level: NC

 

THE CHALLENGE

Leadership stability in school districts is critical; there is a positive correlation between the length of superintendents’ service and student achievement. Yet, in 2014, the Council of Great City Schools found that the average tenure of urban superintendents dropped to 3.2 years, down from 3.6 years in 2010.


THE WORK

The North Carolina Large District Consortium, facilitated by RTI International, brings together the Superintendents and Chief Academic Officers of the 12 largest school districts in NC for a peer learning network based on research and data to improve practice in large complex systems.


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The goal of NCLDC: to improve outcomes for students. In fact, 704,000 students (almost 50% of all NC public school students) are served in the 12 districts represented in the NCLDC.

NCLDC provides the district leaders with resources to deepen their knowledge, build new skills, and implement evidence-based strategies that improve teaching and learning. It combats the isolation of urban district leaders.

“The superintendents share solutions with each other to the challenges that come with scaling innovation,” said Edna Wallace, NCLDC Lead at RTI International “The superintendents and chief academic officers regularly take best practices from other districts in the network and implement them in a way that meets their local need.”

Priorities of the 12 Superintendents and CAO in the 2017-18 school year include: teacher pipeline, stagnant student proficiency outcomes, and equity.

This year, NCLDC will identify which districts are making the most progress on increasing academic proficiency through analysis of state data. NCLDC works closely with the NC Association of School Administrators to ensure that learnings are scaled to all superintendents across the state.

Additionally, the NCLDC provides counsel and feedback to policy leaders. This unique practitioner’s perspective provided through NCLDC has been instrumental to the NC policy landscape, such as advocating for the 2015 policy that allows school districts to partner together to administer alternative teacher preparation programs

“The NCLDC provides a critical role of sharing the practitioners perspective and feedback to policymakers as they consider new policies that impact our classrooms” said Tim Markley, superintendent, New Hanover County Schools and NCLDC chair.

Since 2016, The Belk Foundation has invested $90,000 in NCLDC.

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