HOS Highlights

October 14th, 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:
  • Remember: NO Leadership Academy this week.
  • Recording link: Here is the link for last week's recording. This focuses on the Strategic Leadership group only because we cannot record all breakout room sessions.
  • Homework: Let us take that right off your plates. We realize that you are very busy and having homework on top of your everyday priorities and state strategy meetings is too much to ask. Sorry we didn't realize that earlier. Please put your Leadership Academy #2 work aside and we will continue our work on these projects during our next Leadership Academy Meeting on October 23rd.
  • Thank you to the leaders who signed up to work on the HOS Summit--we will reach out to you soon. We look forward to your ideas and expertise! Please email Brandi Maynard if you are not currently on this list, but would like to be included.

Brandy Osborn

JD McMahan

Steven Hoff

Nicholaus Sutherland

Byron Ernest

Kelly Edginton

Jenny Kendall

Head of School in the Spotlight

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Linda Barr

School: New Mexico

Began with K12: March 2014

Superpower: Energy

Fun Fact: I am an avid rock climber an love to outdoor climb!

Advice to Leaders: Teamwork is crucial for colleagues to work well together--building on each others ideas and allowing every member the opportunity to contribute.

Leadership Video: Change Management vs. Change Leadership

Change Management versus Change Leadership: What's the Difference?

Questions to Ponder

As you think about the various changes within your school over the past year (s), reflect on the following questions based on this video.

1. Have you instituted a change within your school that has had difficulty "sticking" or having significant impact? If so, what do you think may have contributed to that?

2. How might you consider "change leadership" in helping to institute or revisit a recent change?

3. How might you utilize this video to help other leaders within your school have greater change impact?


**Please note, we will not discuss this video message because we are not meeting on Friday. Feel free to share this video with other leaders in your school for begin rich discussion and dialogue.

HOS PD - What's on the Horizon?

Leadership Academy #2

Remember, we do not have a meeting this week. Next week the first hour will be a traditional HOS meeting. Then we will take a break and continue working in our small groups on the following:

  1. Chunking down the learning into Succinct Steps
  2. Appreciative Learning Dialogue Questions

School Services/Department Updates

iTeach@k12 Updates

HOS Survey on Surveys

Thank you to the 19 Heads of School that responded to the brief survey on Teacher Surveys. Here is a quick review of the responses:

· 6 of the 19 HOS indicated that they have requirements outside of their own use of the satisfaction data; five of them have needs for external stakeholders including BOD or authorizer and one uses an additional teacher survey for internal use.

· Nearly all respondents indicated that the survey is good as it is.

· Three additional comments emphasized the importance of timely results from the survey, a request to see the data broken up by teacher grade levels including k-5 and MS and finally feedback to ensure there is adequate space for comments.

Cheers to You!


  • Caroline, and the Nevada Virtual team- I am always so impressed with the great programs that are coming out of Nevada. I read Monday’s Homeroom and once again you are leading the charge of putting Student’s First with your exciting STEM programs. Excellent work!
  • Thank you to the HOS who told me that Leadership Academy Homework was too much. No more homework--thanks to your feedback. Now, if only our students were so lucky!
  • Thank you to the leaders who are speaking out about their experiences with PD this year: Katrina Abston, Nich Sutherland, Perry Daniel, and Faith Shanholtzer. We appreciate your willingness to share.
  • Kelly and the IDVA team--The IDVA office is bright, cheerful, and filled with artifacts that speak volumes about their positive school culture. Kelly's husband is even pitching in--he made some fabulous display boards! The IDVA office makes you feel like IDVA is THE place to be!
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.

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, JD McMahan, 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, JD McMahan 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.
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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