HOS Highlights

February 17, 2016

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

What's New!

Leadership Academy #3, Change Management, begins February 26th. (Information below is recurring from last week.)
  • Prework - Please see the Change Management Corner below for more information about Leadership Academy #3 prework.

Head of School in the Spotlight

Kris Stewart

School: Ohio Virtual Academy
Began with K12: 2002 (became a K12 employee in 2006)
Superpower: The ability to assess a situation quickly and develop a creative solution.
Fun Fact: I use to travel with my 6 brothers and sisters and sing. Think the Van Trapp Family
Advice to Leaders: Never think you are the smartest person in the room. Getting ideas from others builds culture and team strength.

How to Start a Movement!

Check out the Ted Talk: How to Start a Movement!

This video shows you how to be a leader--rather than a lone nut.

ACTION: Find other leaders in your school and discuss the following:


  • Who did you see at your first concert (this will break the ice?)
  • If you could create a movement, what would it be?
  • Have you ever been a lone nut? Tell me about it.

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


I always appreciate sports analogies. Carpenter provides an example of a football team with the various participants. Think of the ownership as the Charter Board and the Head Coach as the school administration/management. In the case of K12 hired as an ESP it could be construed as acting as management. The Head coach calls the plays and is held responsible for the actions of the players, and for the wins and loses. Now boards don't own schools, that belongs to the stakeholders namely the public. Management is hired as the experts to directly supervise and implement the goals and vision of the school. Therefore, "charter boards govern schools in the sense of trust. This is why boards members are sometimes referred to as trustees- people who control something on behalf of the owner. Charter school trustees have the authority to govern the school on behalf of the public." The Charter Board's role is to evaluate the management and leadership of the school, pass budgets and polices to implement school's mission.


Recommended Reading: Boards That Make a Difference, 2006 Carver

Cheers to You!

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


  • I want to cheer on Joel Medley – he is doing tremendous work in his first year with a new school. Joel brings the strength necessary to meet every challenge, and it is evident that he cares for his team and those who are around him. I think that Joel is great, and I am proud to have him as a colleague.

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.

Change Management Corner

Prework for Leadership Academy#3: Change Management

*This information is recurring from last week

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Please complete the following prework prior to February 26th when you join your colleagues for Leadership Academy 3. The following statements (Prework) come from Laurie Erdman'sPresentation on Change Management at our HOS Summit in January.


  • Answer/journal the questions on slide 7. If there are things you are not bought into about the upcoming change, determine what you need to do or who you need to speak with to get yourself there so you can create buy-in.
  • Next answer/journal the questions on slide 10-15. These questions will help see where you might have resistance or where you need to shore up support or infrastructure.
  • On Slide 16, from the leading list identify your strength and your weakness. Reach out for support on your weakness.
  • Finally, do the work as described on slides 20 through 24. Step 1 is about having conversations with your staff 1-1 to ensure they all have a shared perspective of why they are working for your school. These conversations will also help you understand what is important to them and to reconnect them with that. Steps 2-4 are work on your own – setting an intention and getting clear (at a high level) what needs to be done to close that gap from a change management perspective.
  • If you have any questions please reach out to Laurie.

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.

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

Mike Kazek

Board and Partner Relations

Brandi Maynard

Professional Development