HOS Highlights

March 16, 2016

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

School Services Announcements

Leadership Academy Updates

  • Project 1: Change Management Plan is Connected to your individual PMOs. The Change Management Plan is one of three projects HOSs will complete during Leadership Academies from now-mid July and is directly connected to PMOs.

  • Please email your Change Management Draft Plans to your partner no later than Friday, March 18th. To determine who you send your draft plan to, look at the groups below. You will send your plan to the person in your group whose name is directly below yours. If you are the last person in your group, your plan goes to the person on the top of the group list. Let's look at group 6 as an example. Nichole sends her plan to Joel. Joel sends his plan to Stacey. Stacey sends her plan to Scott. Scott sends his plan to Nich. Nich sends his plan to Nichole. If you are unsure of your partner's email address, search for them in Lync and their email will come up. **Please note: There were a few minor changes to the groups from previous weeks.

  • Providing Feedback: During the week of March 21st, please review the assigned Change Management Draft. Using the rubric categories on Tab 1: Instructions Rubric on the workbook, give your team member some thoughtful feedback on their plan. Be prepared to deliver this feedback during our live session on March 25th.Please do not share that feedback in advance of this meeting.

  • Final Change Management Plan Due April: Final Change Management Plans are due to RVPs by COB on Friday, April 1st. RVP will schedule a meeting with you to go over your Change Management Plan and offer feedback during the month of April.

Identification of Champions and Communication POC for Kick Off meeting Monday, March 21st.

  • ACTION ITEM- As a reminder, please have your OPS Manager submit the name(s) of your Champion and Communication Point of Contact via a Service Now ticket. At minimum, each project your school will participate in for SY 16-17 will have a Champion, though one Champions can be over multiple projects;

Middle School New Platform

Next Gen Language Arts (NG-ELA)

Next Gen Math (NG-Math)

Modern Middle School ELA (MMS-ELA)

New Landing Page

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Groupings for Leadership Academy #3

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Head of School in the Spotlight

Suzanne Sloane

School: Virginia Virtual Academy

Began with K12: 2001
Superpower: Multi-tasking while multi-tasking
Fun Fact: I am the only Head of School who started their K12 career at K12 Corporate. Why did I choose to do so? Because I think the Head of Schools are the most important people in the company; they are the glue that holds it all together while still smiling.
Advice to Leaders: From the words of Wal-Mart creator, Sam Walton “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.” I truly enjoy motivating those who work with me.

Leadership Video Reflection- Managing Up

Check out this video from Lauren Mackler.

Please reflect on the following questions:

  • How can you encourage your team to "manage up?'
  • What is one thing you can do to build a better relationship with your boss?
Please choose someone close to you and share your reflections.

Board Relations: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Charter School Board

Brian Carpenter, National Charter Institute, has provided the five dysfunctions of charter boards. Do you find any of these present with your boards? For the next 5 issues we will take a look at each of these and see it can be observed in your boards.


#1 Managing vs. Governing

#2 Using Individual vs. Group Authority

#3 Creating "Revolving Door Accountability"

#4 Spending Time on Administrivia

#5 Not Developing Itself


In this 5th week, the discussion centers on board developing (or not) themselves. Many years ago it was not important for boards individually or collectively to be knowledgeable in the affairs of the school or district. The work was done by the superintendent and submitted to the board as recommendations and polices were then developed and passed with very little understanding. In today's educational environment this is no longer the case. Functional boards recognize and understand the rationale, endpoint, direction and legality of the policies they pass and their responsibilities to govern accordingly. While board members do not need the same depth of knowledge as a school leader they must invest the appropriate amount of time and understanding.


Further reading: Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Peter F. Drucker (1993)

Cheers to You!

Take an opportunity to celebrate a colleague(s) via our weekly "Cheers" and shout outs. Here are this week's cheers:


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.

Leadership Academies and HOS meetings Dates

Leadership Academy #2

· October 9th

~October 23rd *HOS Call and Leadership Academy

· November 6th


~November 20th *HOS Call Only

~December 18th *HOS Call Only

~January 22nd *HOS Call Only

~February 12th *HOS Call Only


Leadership Academy #3

· February 26th

~March 11th *HOS Call and Leadership Academy

· March 25th

Leadership Academy #4

· April 15th

~April 29th **HOS Call and Leadership Academy

· May 13th


~May 27th *HOS Call Only

Leadership Academy #5

· June 10th

~ June 24th *HOS Call and Leadership Academy

· July 8th


~July 29th- *HOS Call Only

Reoccurring Information Below

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Leadership Academy Titan Pads

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Strategic Leadership Titan Pad

Team members: Amanda Conley, Cassie Barton, Josh Williams, Katrina Abston, Lynn Barr, Mark Christiano, Matt Arkin

Instructional Leadership Titan Pad

Team members: Faith Shanholtzer, Kelly Van Sande, Kendall Schroeder, Josh Williams, Marcus Moore, Nicholaus Sutherland, Nicole Tiley, Lynn Barr, Sara Baker

Communication/Community Leadership Titan Pad

Team members: Pam Jonidis, Beth Lorigan, Caroline McIntosh, David Crook, Ryan Clepper, Stacey Hutchings, Steven Hoff

Human Resources Titan Pad

Team Members: Laurie Erdman, Brandy Osborn, Byron Ernest, Elizabeth Roth, JD McMahan Joel Medley, Theresa Gallagher Scott Sides, Sheryl Tatum

Organizational Management Titan Pad

Team Members Sheila Sheibler,Cherry Daniel, Jeffrey Bush, Jessie Thoman, John Huber, Kelly Edginton, Monti Pittman, Theresa Gallagher Suzanne Sloane, Theresa Gallagher, Veronica Clemons

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
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.

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.

School Leadership Development Team

The School Leadership Development 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

Mike Kazek

Board and Partner Relations

Brandi Maynard

Professional Development