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N.C. State's Acclaimed Principal Program Assesses Candidate Character

Walking the halls of Clayton High School on a Saturday in January was a young man in a janitor’s uniform, pushing a trashcan or sweeping the floor, mostly keeping to himself. His name was Stephen McKinney. He was not a janitor. McKinney interacted with dozens of teachers looking to become principals. He is a research graduate assistant for North Carolina State University’s Principal Preparation Candidate program. The candidates, interviewing and auditioning to spend two years in one of the program’s regional leadership academies, did not know McKinney’s impressions were being documented and judged on a “Serendipitous Encounters” rubric. He documented if and how candidates interacted with him.

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Liz Bell | EdNC