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NCSS admin honored as top leader

COVINGTON -- Newton County School System Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter has been chosen as an educational leader in a national program.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development recently selected Carpenter as one of 30 educators in the nation for its 2010 class of Emerging Leaders.

The program prepares young, ambitious educators to fulfill ASCD leadership roles and empower each cohort to make an impact on education policy and practice on a local and national level.

"ASCD relies on the strong leadership of our members to ensure that we continue to be an effective, meaningful force for education," said Executive Director Gene R. Carter in a press release. "We developed the Emerging Leaders program to connect the inspired, driven leaders of today with resources and opportunities that will enable them to influence and contribute to the greater field of education, as well as ASCD leadership, at the highest capacity."

This year's group spans regional and professional spectrums with participation from metropolitan, suburban and rural areas across the United States in such professional roles as principals, instructors, program directors and university-level educators, according to the organization.

"I am humbled by this opportunity to work closely with talented educational leaders from around the nation to positively impact educational policy and practices both locally and nationwide," said Carpenter, who has been employed with NCSS since February 2008, when he joined as associate superintendent of Human Resources. "There is an unexplainable level of professional excitement associated with having the chance to participate in professional learning, active research and scholarly writing under the guidance of the proven leadership of ASCD officials."

During the program, he will pair with an ASCD mentor -- either a board member, a leadership council member, an affiliate leader or another high-level contributor -- who will provide support and help guide leadership progress and development over a two-year period. In July, he will participate in ASCD'S Leader to Leader event for hot-topic sessions and geographically based groupings to share best resources, practices and models.

Leaders also will have the opportunity to pursue various roles, such as serving on ASCD's legislative committee or its annual conference planning committee and contributing to ASCD publications to match their current strength and also empower them to continue to grow as leaders.

"New to Newton County, it's gratifying to recognize one of Newton's own as a member of ASCD's distinguished cohort of emerging leaders," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews in the press release. "ASCD, for all of my 35 years in public education, has been the nation's leading voice for curriculum development and the supervision of instruction. Dr. Carpenter will learn a lot, and I expect him to share with the rest of us what he gets out of this outstanding opportunity. Learning organizations, like NCSS, profit when its leaders are well schooled. Moreover, the students benefit."

ASCD is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Its 170,000 members in 136 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas, including superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education and school board members.

In October, Carpenter completed the Georgia School Superintendents Association's Superintendent Professional Development Program, a two-year course of study to prepare individuals for local superintendent positions.