Superintendent Ellis Earns Prestigious National School Leadership Coach Credential
State Education Leaders & Elected Officials Celebrate Elite Group of Educators
McComb, MS (October 13, 2016) - 
State education leaders including Mississippi Board of Education Members Buddy Bailey and Johnny Franklin, Mississippi House Education Committee Chairman John L. Moore, and Dr. Laurie Smith, Education and Workforce Policy Advisor to Gov. Phil Bryant, joined NISL senior leadership in recognizing the educators at a ceremony held Wednesday, October 12, in Ridgeland, MS.
McComb School District superintendent, Dr. Cederick Ellis, Sr. was one of three individuals to receive the National School Leadership Coach credential at Wednesday's ceremony.
Chosen for their demonstrated capacity for strategic leadership and success in driving student achievement, these educators will now play a central role in the development of the first-of-its-kind credentialing system for school leaders. NISL's National Advanced Credentialing System for School Principals aims to transform the principalship in America-strengthening principals' leadership skills at every stage of their career.
"Research shows that, other than teachers, principals have the largest impact on student learning in schools," said NISL CEO Jason Dougal. "This initiative will not only identify great school leaders but also create them through a systematic process of professional development. Advanced credentialing will help build the next generation of great school leaders and help us reach our goal of having an excellent principal in every school."
NISL is building the advanced credentialing system based in part on international benchmarking research conducted by its parent organization, the National Center on Education and the Economy. NISL's advanced credentialing system will give principals a transparent, codified and respected leadership development system that supports and rewards them as they progress through their careers-as it does in the world's top-performing education systems. The initiative is being piloted in partnership with districts in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Mississippi under a three-year, $11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program.
Both the Distinguished Principals and National School Leadership Coaches will be trained and certified by NISL to provide training and coaching to other principals, helping improve school leadership across the state. Those who have demonstrated that they can improve the practice of the school leaders who they coach, train or supervise will then be eligible for the Master Principal credential, a designation reserved for the most accomplished and influential school leaders in the profession.
To speak with one of the school leaders credentialed Wednesday or NISL CEO Jason Dougal, members of the media may contact Brendan Williams-Kief at For more information on the NISL National Advanced Credentialing System for School Principals, visit .
The National Institute for School Leadership provides research-proven leadership programs for educators using the best practices in adult learning from a variety of fields, including education, the military, business, law, and medicine. NISL builds the capacity of districts and states to provide education leaders with the critical knowledge and skills they need to be instructional leaders and improve student achievement in their schools. NISL is a division of the National Center on Education and the Economy. Visit NISL at
The National Center on Education and the Economy was created in 1988 to analyze the implications of changes in the international economy for American education, formulate an agenda for American education based on that analysis and seek wherever possible to accomplish that agenda through policy change and development of the resources educators would need to carry it out. Follow NCEE on Twitter @CtrEdEcon and on Facebook.

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