WILKESBORO — Wilkes County Schools Superintendent Mark Byrd was among 28 superintendents from across the state to graduate from the North Carolina Next Generation Superintendents Development Program Cohort IV.
“The program is designed to support the growth, expansion and enhancement of superintendents using the North Carolina Superintendents Standards, through a formative process that advances the stated purposes of the North Carolina Evaluation process,” said Jack Hoke, program coordinator and the executive director of the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association.
The year-long program was comprised of six face-to-face sessions that guided superintendents as they reflected on and improved their effectiveness as district leaders; focused on their personal leadership goals and linked personal goals with district and state goals; and guided and facilitated the professional development of superintendents toward advanced levels of executive leadership as defined by the North Carolina Standards for Superintendents.
Hoke said of Byrd, “Mr. Mark Byrd developed a strong network of superintendents to consult with, and he contributed to the discussions on emerging issues and innovative practices occurring in Wilkes County Schools.”
Byrd said, “The North Carolina Next Generation Superintendents Development Program was among the strongest professional development of my administrative career. It gave me the opportunities to not only meet with new Superintendents, but to also gain advice and understanding from experienced Superintendents from across our state as well. The sessions focused on current trends in education as well as addressing challenges in our individual districts. I know that I have grown as a Superintendent through participation in this program. I appreciate the leadership of Mr. Jack Hoke in organizing this program and for his continued support for superintendents across this state.”