Who We Are

Charlotte Wilson, Principal

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Professionally, Mrs. Wilson was an educator with Durham Public Schools (DPS) for twenty- five years. Her tenure with DPS began as a Language Arts teacher at Carrington Middle School, where she taught for 10 years, before transferring to Lowe’s Grove Middle in 2000. At Lowe’s Grove, she served as a teacher, Curriculum Specialist, and Assistant Principal for a combined thirteen years. Because of her belief that education is a lifelong journey, she, then, accepted the challenge to venture into elementary school, and landed at Fayetteville Street Elementary, where she was the Assistant Principal for two years. In 2014, Mrs. Wilson accepted the role of Principal at IDYL. At each phase, and location, her passion, love, and experience grew concurrently!

She has been committed to education in every aspect. In fact, as a three-time graduate of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) (EAGLE PRIDE), first with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, and then two Masters Degrees (Summa Cum Laude in Middle Grades Education, and School Administration), she thoroughly believes that in order to properly and adequately educate children, we, as educators, must be dedicated to professional growth as well. She is a firm believer that growth stops only when we do! Beyond a host of certifications and trainings, her professional accomplishments have included: National Board Certification in Teaching (Early Adolescence/ English Language Arts); the Superintendent Leadership Academy, and she also had the honor to co-Author a Monograph for the NC Middle School Association.

Deciding to become an administrator came from a strong desire, and sense of urgency, to change the culture and lives of youth, as well as the desire to help build the capacity of teachers and students as they move into a challenging 21st century. She has a picture on her wall that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” That serves as her daily reminder, and firm belief, in the importance of building strong relationships with parents, staff, and students. That is the only way that the school can truly collaborate with one another to do what is best for children.

What We Do

Provide a rigorous, stimulating comprehensive educational experience that promotes school success for every child by addressing barriers to school success. We provide an active learning environment to facilitate core knowledge acquisition and the development of essential leadership skills. We will focus on higher-level thinking skills and the development of individual talent, character, and ambition. Promotes academic mastery through project based learning; 1] Teaches fundamental principles of leadership through service learning and; 2] Develops social, emotional, and behavioral skills through evidenced based cognitive behavioral interventions and one on one mentoring to improve personal outcomes. The academic process will inspire learning through helping students draw connections from their academic lessons to real life leadership opportunities. The students will experience an extended day (8:00a.m – 6:00p.m.), and weekend and summer programming will also be provided. Parents, staff and stakeholders will be given formal and informal opportunities to contribute to and influence decision-making

 
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will improve student academic outcomes through providing an educational experience that engages students in practical fundamental leadership and personal development skills.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will successfully engage 100% of its students in performing at or above grade level.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will provide a cross cultural, cross disciplinary curriculum that achieves competence in the areas of math, reading, writing, social studies and the sciences as well as in emotional, psychological and behavioral domains.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will provide an educational setting that is welcoming, safe, nurturing and challenging to each individual student.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will connect students to their communities through service learning to inspire them to learn and rebuild communities.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will help foster civic responsibilities and leadership through integrating service learning into the curriculum.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will provide comprehensive educational opportunity.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will provide parents opportunities to engage in the educational setting and fully participate in the education of their student.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will inspire learning in our students by making every lesson, every academic instruction applicable to real-life in real-time.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will focus on supporting student learning and not on teaching an agenda.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will provide inspiring and inspired educators who are highly qualified.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will provide meaningful professional development opportunities for educators.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will hold teachers accountable by linking student learning/performance and outcomes to teacher employment contracts and salaries.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will use research and evidence based best practice methods.
  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will provide programs to address students and community needs attributable to high-poverty, including literacy, small class size, extended day, and summer programming, and social and health services.

How We Do It

The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders will utilize project based learning strategies. Through application of the formal instruction into real-life and real-time projects, our students will master the academic concepts and understand its usefulness in their lives. We are committed to providing our faculty, every student and their families the support they need to grow.

We will provide a student-centered, project-based curriculum. The students will be immersed in hands on projects that are integrated into the academic instruction. The project will have real life, real-time implications.

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