HOS Highlights

September 9th, 2015

“We succeed only when students succeed. That is our goal. That is our passion. That is our work.” Nate Davis

What's new?

This newsletter will arrive in your inbox each Wednesday and will contain the features and information below. This will serve as your "one-stop shop" for all things leadership to keep you informed and updated. Below is some information you need to know:
  • Leadership project- We look forward to hearing your mantras during our September 11th Leadership Academy. We have exciting plans for your Mantras..more to come on that.
  • On October 2nd we will move into a smaller work group to collaborate with a subject area expert and a small group of your colleagues to really unpack that standard and codify your collective expertise. Action Item: Read through the Leadership Academy content and curriculum document and determine which standard you feel is your greatest strength. Then, fill out the form below so we can begin forming your groups. Please complete this form no later than September 18th.

Head of School in the Spotlight

Kelly Edginton

School: Idaho virtual Academy

Began: August 2004 (August 2002 with IDVA)

Superpower: Remaining calm while watching my 3 boys perform death defying feats time and time again!

Fun fact: I was a competitive gymnast when I was a kid and still did back handsprings up until after my last child was born. I haven't tried for a while, but I think it's time.......

Advice To Leaders: Set a rule in Outlook to put a one minute delay on your outgoing email. I've had this rule applied to mine for years, and I am constantly happy that it's there!

Head of School Professional Development - What's on the Horizon?

Leadership Academy - Cycle 1 Week 6

Observation and Feedback- Sharing our Mantras

This week you will have the opportunity to create a visual representation of your Mantra and share it with the group.

Leadership Video - K12 Head of School Role as staff to the MPS Board

Sheila Shiebler, Western Region Compliance Director and former K12 Head of School gives an overview of the role of working as staff to a MPS board while maintaining K12's interests.
Head of School Role Working with Boards

Questions to Ponder

HOS are routinely asked to where two hats as one, K12 employee, and two, as staff to the MPS Board:


  1. What strategies do you employ to maintain a positive relationship with your school's board?
  2. How often do you communicate the values of partnering with K12 to the MPS Board?


Please be ready to share your experience with the group on Friday.



Feel free to share your ideas on our School Leadership Yammer page.

School Services/Department Updates

Enrollment Tips and Tricks- Week 2 of 5

Working Hand in Hand With Your Enrollment Team

This week’s enrollment best practice is to keep track of your current pipeline in Totalview Enrollment. Our goal is to convert enrolling families, so they can start on time and successfully!

Here are some things to think about, when it comes to enrolling families who are not yet approved:

· Does your school review Special Education documents? It is important to ensure these students don’t “sit” for too long without being reviewed. Remember, some special education students have siblings that are in general education courses. Parents often call enrollment to ask why one sibling has been approved, but the other has not.

· Look for trends like students that are sitting sufficient for too long (more than 48 hours) and are not yet approved. Review the account -- would there be any valid reasons as to why? If not, be sure to connect with your Enrollment Services Manager (ESM) if they haven’t alerted you first!

· Never be too shy to alert your Enrollment Services Manager (ESM) if you see anything “off” with an account. Your ESM is your personal enrollment resource, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them!

Best wishes for a successful school start!


· Christa Patton, Sr. Director, Enrollment Support

· Jackie Haynes, Sr. Manager, Enrollment Services

· Sharon Deliee, Central Region Enrollment Services Manager

· Andrew Fridey, Western Region Enrollment Services Manager

· Christina Teller, Northern Region Enrollment Services Manager

Hunter Bower, Southern Region Enrollment Services Manager

Cheers to You!

  • Cheers to Byron Ernest for not only being an accomplished educator but paying that gift forward by being a inspiring leader.

  • I am cheering for Kelly Van Sande and the AZVA team for receiving zero findings on the state ADM audit!

  • Cheers to all of you for successful August starts.


Let's Celebrate! We would like to highlight your Cheers in the next HOS Highlights newsletter. Feel free to cheer for regional teams as well as your fellow HOS's. Please submit your cheers on the form below. We need more people cheering.

Reoccurring Information Below

The Leadership Academy Basics

  • Weekly Leadership Academies begin at Noon EST every Friday afternoon and run for 90 minutes
  • Here is the participant link.
  • It is highly recommended that you participate in the weekly academies via BBC because the classes are going to be interactive. Your experience will not be as rich if you join via phone only
  • Pertinent school services information that was typically presented during Friday HOS calls will be shared via regional calls, the weekly HOS newsletter, or monthly national HOS calls
  • This newsletter will have all of the information you need for the upcoming training and will arrive in your inbox every Wednesday morning

2015-16 HOS National Professional Development Calendar

iLEAD@K12’ seeks to provide annual professional development to build upon the essential skills of school leaders as identified by the individual leader, regional leadership recommendations, and national level data and trends. This calendar captures the national professional development opportunities for SY2015-2016.
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iLead@K12/School Leadership Development & Support Team

2015/16 Leadership Academy Content and Focus

2015-2016 Leadership Standards and Practices

Leadership Academy #1- "Explore U": YOU are the focus of Leadership Academy #1 entitled, Explore "U". Throughout the first seven weeks we will focus on your strengths as indicated in the Myers-Briggs assessment most of you took in January, 2015. Throughout the cycle you will build upon your strengths and learn to leverage those strengths to minimize weaknesses.


Leadership Academy #2- "Build It and They Will Come": Your knowledge and expertise will be leveraged to build out content for one of the leadership strands. Each School leader chooses one standard to work with over the course of the 7 week cycle. The goal will be to codify your expertise within the leadership strand to build a complete leadership Academy cycle in your area chosen area.


Leadership Academies #3-5-: Once the content is built, you will choose one strand to focus on for the remaining cycles. Choice is built into the process and we would like you to choose two standards. We suggest you work with your RVP/DRVP to choose one leadership strand that you would like additional support in. The strands include: Strategic Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Community, Human Resources, and Organizational Management.

iLead@K12 Team

The iLEAD team leads the design, development, execution, and evaluation of national programs that build exceptional school leadership across K12’s network of managed schools. The team coordinates school, regional and national efforts to improve leadership practice and school outcomes.

Darren Reed

Vice President, School Leadership Development