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Networking with New Principals Program

Networking With New Principals (NWNP)

The NCSA has been providing on-going assistance and resources to first year principals (K-12) in Nebraska for over seventeen years through the Networking With New Principals Program. The objectives of this program are to:
  1. Expand knowledge of leadership skills and instructional leadership practices;
  2. Promote access to critical information in order to successfully deal with challenging opportunities and responsibilities;
  3. Create opportunities to discuss educational issues;
  4. Provide ongoing support and encouragement;
  5. Provide honest and constructive feedback;
  6. Facilitate the understanding of research based information and best practice; and
  7. Assist in building professional networks.
The objectives of this program are met through various activities that include group meetings, individual consultations, regular e-mail communications, a NWNP Wicki, webinars, and more. Many of the group activities will be scheduled in conjunction with NCSA or principal affiliate events. This provides the new principal the opportunity to participate in professional development and to minimize time away from the building. Experience suggests that those new principals that actively participate in the program and affiliate activities have been most successful as a first year administrator.
The Networking With New Principals Program is led by a dedicated group of school principals that serve as the “Leadership Team”. Representing elementary principals are Scott Dodson, Woodland Park Elementary School in Norfolk, and Melissa Polonsic, Ackerman Elementary Principal, Millard Public Schools. Representing secondary principals are Kent Mann, former Grand Island High School Principal and new Professor with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Educational Administration Department, Mike Wortman, Lincoln High School Principal, and Mitch Bartholomew, York High School Principal. NCSA Associate Executive Director Dan Ernst serves as the coordinator of the team.

Networking With New Principals Program Calendar for 2011-12
  • Thursday, August 4, 2011 (Administrators Days, Kearney, 3:15 P.M. Ruby #6 - (Younes Conference Center)
  • Wednesday, Thursday December 1 and 2, 2011 - NAESP and NSASSP State Conference - Kearney
  • Thursday, March 29, 2012 (10:00-3:00 P.M., location NCSA)
  • Additional NWNP Group Meetings may be scheduled per the determination of the participants
  • Regional Principal Meetings (Scheduled dates may be found at NCSA.org)
  • Individual Consultations – Call or email any of the Networking Leadership Team
  • Webinars, and additional professional opportunities will be communicated via email and at http://nwnp.wikispaces.com
  • NWNP will have the opportunity to get together at many of the NCSA scheduled professional development programs

NCSA Networking With New Principals Leadership Team contacts:
  1. Dan Ernst (dan@ncsa.org)
  2. Kent Mann (kemann@gips.org)
  3. Mike Wortman (mwortman@lps.org);
  4. Scott Dodson (sdodson@npsne.org)
  5. Melissa Polonsic (mjpoloncic@mpsomaha.org)
  6. Mitch Bartholomew (mbarthol@yorkpublic.org)

For more information,
contact: Dr. Dan Ernst,
NCSA Associate Executive Director
402-476-8055 Or 1-800-793-6272

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