HOS Highlights

May 18, 2016

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

School Services Announcements

HOS Highlights is taking a Hiatus

  • May 25th is our last issue for this school year. We will resume the newsletter on July 27th, 2016.
  • Your Leadership Academy Leader will communicate with you directly re. Leadership Academy #5.

Thank you for your active participation in Leadership Academy #4

  • If you did not fill out an evaluation on Leadership Academy #4, please take a couple of minutes to complete it by COB on Friday, May 20th.
  • Please send your completed project to your RVP on or before May 27th.

The next HOS Meeting is on Friday, May 27th at noon EST.

  • Please remove the May 27th meeting invite from your Outlook Calendar (the invite created by Robin Angle.) Michelle Fredrick will send a new invite with updated information. Please accept this invitation.

Please register for Leadership Academy #5 by May 15th

  • Use this link to register for your final Leadership Academy Session beginning June 10th. Next week we will publish the class lists.
  • 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 the link to newsletter 2 of 3 that your Academic Leaders received outlining the Academic Leader Summit.
  • We are going to hold a synchronous session a week prior to the event to go over the schedule, meeting norms, events, prework, etc.

2016 Annual K12 Special Education Parent Satisfaction survey

  • The results of the annual K12 Special Education Parent satisfaction survey can be found here. This information will be reviewed with each school’s special education leader and the regional special programs managers will be compiling additional school specific data to be shared as well. We saw improvements in many areas including overall satisfaction, likelihood to re-enroll, time to placement for related services and curriculum satisfaction. The survey also demonstrates that the quicker a newly enrolled student has their first IEP meeting at their new school, the more likely the family is re-enroll and demonstrate overall satisfaction by a staggering 20%. The K12 Special Programs team will be delivering additional data points to schools during the 16/17 school year as it pertains to the timeliness of IEP development for new enrollees.
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Schools Needed

Next year we are going to feature K12 schools in what we are calling The School Spotlight and we would love to learn more about your school. Please take a moment to answer following questions and send your answers, along with some pictures, to Brandi Maynard.

Here is an example of what we are looking for:

Name of School: A Random Virtual Academy

School Leaders:

· Joe Superstar, HOS

· Penny Principal, HS Principal

· Leslie Leader, MS Principal

· Susie Smiles, Elementary Principal

Began with K12: 2002

School Superpower: The teachers really like


and spend


of time together outside of work strengthening the school culture.
Fun Fact: RVA is the most rural of all K12 schools.
A successful program/initiative we do in our school: Every year we participant in Read Across America Day. We decorate our offices with Dr. Suess and put on our Dr. Suess hats. Some teachers read stories from their remote offices while others meet students face to face for stories. Members of our administrative team, including HR and Operations people join us as we interact with students across the state. It is one giant reading celebration!

Proudest Moment: When 95% of our students were proficient in Math and Reading this year.

Here is how your school can participate:

Please send Brandi Maynard 3 pictures that represent your school. Be sure to provide captions for each picture. Examples might be a picture of the front of your school that shows your building or entry area, staff/student pictures or anything that represents your school culture. Please attach your school's logo.

Please copy these questions into an email, answer the questions, attach the pictures with captions, and send them to Brandi Maynard.

Name of School:

Our School Leaders:

The year this school began:

School Superpower:

Fun Fact:

A successful program/initiative/thing we do in our school:

Proudest Moment:

We will begin featuring schools in next year's HOS Highlights. If you do not have time to put this together, ask your office staff, a couple teachers, your admin, or someone else who knows your school. We hope all of our schools are represented.

Leadership Video Reflection- Performance Review

Check out this video parody on Millennials.

Please reflect on the following questions as it relates to Millennials on your staff:

  • What stereotypes do Millennials have in our society?
  • What special perspective do Millennials bring to your school?
  • What unique challenges do they bring to you as a Leader?
  • How can you best support the millennials in your school?

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

Does your Board have Sub-Committees??

Does your board have sub-committees? If yes, does it provide job descriptions and clear understanding of each sub-committees role and responsibility? Further does it provide limitations on the scope of their work? BoardOnTrack, which is a board training solution, has created a document which may help board create and appoint members to sub-committees. Here you can review the following sub-committees:

  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Development
  • Academic Excellence

You can find the document at: Board Committee Job Descriptions

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 a successful Leadership Academy #5 and here's to Leadership Academy #5 beginning June 10th. Thank you so much to our Leaders- Perry Daniel, Kris Steward, Faith Shanholtzer, Pam Jonidis, and Sheila Shiebler.
  • Cheers to Perry and Kris for a great job with Strategic Leadership. Thank you for being honest and open about your own struggles.
  • Cheers for Leadership Academy 4. I enjoyed interacting with HOS's from around the nation.
  • Cheers to my regional team. I appreciate the fact that the regional leadership team is there when I need them. Whenever I need help, all I have to do is ask, and I get it.
  • Cheers to Sheila for the Organizational Leadership session. This has been the most valuable Leadership Academy I have attended. Sheila gave me a method to strategically set goals with my team, measure progress, and achieve those goals. My project was an eye opener. I now have a focus on a very important goal for my school that I did not have before. I will definitely be using what I learned in Leadership Academy 4 moving forward, and I know this will benefit my school. It already has, in fact. Thank you, Sheila!!
  • Cheers to Insight Oregon for a very fun Prom video.

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

~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