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Bill Sterrett Delivers Keynote at SEA and NC Principal Fellows Events

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Event titled Short on Time: Leading and Learning as a Principal featuring Bill Sterrett

Sterrett Keynotes SEA Event; Receives Recognitions for Short on Time

More than 90 school and district leaders attended an event titled, “Short on Time: Leading and Learning as a Principal,” featuring Bill Sterrett, a Watson College of Education faculty member and Short on Time author.

The special session was organized by Linda Lowe, executive director of the Southeast Education Alliance (SEA) and Robin Smith, southeast regional lead for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in collaboration with WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership and Office of Teacher Education and Outreach. The event was held at River Landing Clubhouse in Wallace on April 3.

Lowe said principals were energized by the day and eager to try ideas Sterrett shared. One suggestion for getting to know the students and parents better was to ride the school bus in the afternoon, and Lowe said she received an email from a principal the following week who wrote, “I rode the bus Friday afternoon and loved it!” Another followed up to say, “I thought the topic was appropriate since all of us are short on time and investigating methods to improve our efficiency.”

Sterrett’ s book, Short on Time, was selected as a Scholastic-ASCD partnership book. His book was also featured in District Administration’s “Noteworthy Books: Recommended Reading for District Leaders” section:http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/71d63926#/71d63926/76 in February.

Sterrett participated in an author’s panel, book signing as well as concurrent session at the ASCD Annual Conference in Los Angeles in March. 

Sterrett Addresses Principal Fellows

Sterrett was invited to give the afternoon keynote address to the North Carolina Principal Fellows Cohort 19 in Chapel Hill on April 10 where he spoke on “Innovating and Producing: Action-Oriented School Leadership.” This was Sterrett’s second address to the 65 students enrolled in the program. He also presented “Learning to Lead” at an enrichment seminar for the aspiring school administrators last September.

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