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Bill Sterrett Presents at NHCS Administrators Retreat

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Bill Sterrett

Bill Sterrett Presents at NHCS Administrators Retreat

Bill Sterrett was a featured speaker at New Hanover County Schools’ administrators retreat on Aug. 7. Nearly 100 principals and assistant principals from 44 schools attended the event, which focused on ways to build effective professional learning communities (PLCs) in schools. Sterrett, author of the recent ASCD book Short on Time: How do I make time to lead and learn as principal?, shared ways administrators can be innovative leaders and effective role models as they work to engage teachers, staff and students in their local school communities.

During the retreat, participants discussed ways to break down the silos of teaching to create more collaborative learning environments where the sharing out of teaching strategies is encouraged. Other practical measures, such as becoming an active member of a Professional Learning Network (PLN), were also discussed.

LaChawn Smith, assistant superintendent of instruction and academic accountability for New Hanover County Schools, organized the event. Administrators found the information shared by Sterrett beneficial, she said.

“He shared great strategies to communicate and engage staff,” said Smith. “There were some immediate takeaways for many that will help to increase productivity without making major changes.”

A former Virginia school principal, Sterrett is program coordinator of the Master of School Administration program in the Department of Educational Leadership at the Watson College.