HOS Highlights

May 11, 2016

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

School Services Announcements

The next Leadership Academy #4 session is on Friday, May 11th at noon EST.

  • Please be prepared to share your projects with your peers during this session. They will give you feedback on the work you have done so far.
  • The projects you share with your RVP's from Leadership Academy 4 are due to your RVP on or before May 27th.

Please register for Leadership Academy #5 by May 15th

  • Use this link to register for your final Leadership Academy Session beginning June 10th.
  • We will have recordings from all class session available this summer.
Upcoming Academic Leader Summit
  • Mark your calendars: The Academic Leader Summit is June 8-9 in Herndon VA.
  • Here is a list of school leaders who are registered for the Academic Leader Summit on June 8-9 in Herndon, VA.
  • Another newsletter will go out to your Academic Administrators next week with final details on the event.

Head of School in the Spotlight

HOS's needed

We have run out of HOS's to spotlight. If you have not yet been the HOS in the spotlight, please answer the following questions and send them to Brandi Maynard along with a picture and we will be sure to highlight you before the end of the year.


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Leadership Video Reflection- Performance Review

Check out this video on an awkward Performance Review.

Please reflect on the following questions:

  • Have you had a time in your career when you had to do a negative performance review? What did you learn from that experience?
  • Name an upcoming situation that is going to require you to conduct a difficult performance review. How can you best prepare for this?

Please share your ideas with a colleague.

Around The "BOARD TABLE"

REMINDER: Board Partner Summit- June 16th in Denver, CO

Head of Schools, we are trending very low in board/partner registration. Please make one additional push to confirm whether your board or partner will attend. If you have any questions please contact Mike Kazek mkazek@k12.com or 702-666-8720

Will you have membership changes to your Board?

During this time of year boards go through changes in membership. Here is a board application you can tailor to your individual school.

How many parents do you have on your board? According to the study by National Association of Independent Schools on Board Size and Make-up, they provide the follow statement:

Parents bring a deep personal interest in the school. However, they can be focused on the present, generalize from their children’s experiences, and become more involved in operational matters. NAIS recommends a balanced board, with 50% or less being current parents. Further, past parents may constitute the best of all worlds for trustee service: They’re committed, knowledgeable, and distant from current school issues. Grandparents may offer similar perspectives, and have a closer link to the school, without the immediacy of the current parent relationship.

Cheers to You!

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

  • Cheers to everyone for making tremendous efforts to get your students tested.
  • Cheers to Sheryl Tatum from OK for the great work she did on the ISOK renewal application.

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 to Brandi Maynard.

Leadership Academies and HOS meetings Dates

Leadership Academy #4 (All Times are EST)

· April 15th Noon-2pm

~April 29th ** Noon-1pm- HOS call begins at 1:15pm

· May 13th Noon-2pm

~May 27th *HOS Call Only begins at 1:15pm

Leadership Academy #5 (All Times are EST)

· June 10th- Noon-2pm

~ June 24th ** Noon-1pm- HOS call begins at 1:15pm

· July 8th- Noon-2pm

~July 29th- *HOS Call Only begins at 1:15pm

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