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Chuck Carr Receives Distinguished Scholar Award

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) named 19 West Virginia principals and assistant principals as 2009 Principals’ Leadership Academy (PLA) Distinguished Scholars. These instructional leaders illustrated exemplary participation and work during last year's Principals’ Leadership Academy for New Principals. As a result, they were recognized during a dinner in their honor on September 15, 2009 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. First Lady Gayle Manchin served as the keynote speaker for the event, which is held in conjunction with the 2009 - 2010 PLA for New Principals.

PLA is one of WVCPD’s five core programs. Each year new school administrators are required by state code to attend academy sessions in order to strengthen their skills and abilities as school leaders. Based on the concept of continuous improvement, the Center requires each participant to complete and implement an action plan at his or her school. These plans address an area of specific need, and can have a dramatic impact on student and school performance. The new administrators benefit from the guidance of team leaders and support of team members by communicating with them in person and online via resources such as a custom-designed wiki.

“We are very pleased with the work of our Distinguished Scholars and the projects that they submitted,” said Dr. Dixie Billheimer, chief executive officer, WVCPD. “They have demonstrated the level of leadership and expertise necessary to have a positive impact on school operations and student achievement,” she said. Education and the way students learn continue to change, and principals play a critical role in ensuring schools keep pace with this change. “Preparing principals for this new generation of learners is something that the Center takes very seriously and the Academy is an effective part of that preparation,” she continued. For more information visit

Posted: Oct 7, 2009