UNCP Educator Completes Transformative Educational Leadership Program

PEMBROKE – An assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is looking forward to returning to the classroom this fall and having the opportunity to implement the practices and skills she learned while participating in the Transformative Educational Leadership program .

Camille Locklear Goins, assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Specialties, recently participated in the year-long Transformational Community designed for leaders in education.

She was one of 47 racially and culturally diverse educators from across the country selected for the specialized training. The transformative educational leadership framework is grounded in leadership that incorporates the cutting-edge application of equity, social and emotional learning, and mindfulness.

Participants were comprised of K-12 and higher education educators, while others held administrative roles as equity and diversity leaders.

The training leaders asked participants to reflect on four areas of focus throughout the training – reflection from a personal, professional, systemic and community level.

“The goal was to provide program participants with the resources to return to our institutions and be agents of change by integrating social and emotional learning and mindfulness into the field of education,” he said. she declared.

“Addressing equity and diversity, trauma-informed practices and culturally appropriate education were the main topics of discussion among the presenters. We were introduced to the threads of leadership, equity, SEL, mindfulness and system change in a personal transformation model for education leaders to affect the quality of the field of education. education and improve the lives of children,” added Goins.

She received certification after completing 112 hours of training and as a result has expanded her knowledge and is ready to apply these practices in her teaching, service and scholarship.

Goins, a member of the Lumbee tribe and director of the First American Educational Leadership Program at UNCP, served on the advisory board for the TEL program dedicated to various racial affinity groups.

For more information on the Transformative Educational Leadership Program, visit their website https://www.teleleadership.org/.

Janice G. Ball