Academic Leaders Summit June 8-9

Getting You Ready for Herndon!

Welcome Academic Leaders!

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We are excited that you all will be joining us in Herndon for our first Academic Leaders Summit! This is newsletter 3 of 3 that you will receive before you arrive in Herndon. New information is included in this newsletter, along with essential information to assist you with travel plans that were posted in our first newsletter. As always, please let us know if you have additional questions.

In Partnership,

Lead360@K12 Team

Darren Reed and Brandi Maynard

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We think you are going to love the hotel accommodations. Check out this video.

Essential Summit Planning Information!

Please note: New information is in bold.

Information session

New info: If you were unable to attend the Academic Leader Summit overview on Tuesday, May 31st, here is the link.

Meeting Norms

New Info: Here are the norms for all Face to Face Summits:

  • The knowledge is in the room: Providing leaders an opportunity to reveal what is working benefits the whole group in both face to face and virtual learning spaces.
  • Be coachable: Lean into your discomfort and be open to coaching from peers, regional teams, and national support teams.
  • Every leader is unique—if you need to personalize the learning in some way to meet your own needs, do it! Every leader brings with them a unique set of strengths and challenges. We encourage leaders to individualize their leadership development experience.
  • We begin and end on time: We will honor your time with worthwhile learning opportunities that begin and end on time.
  • Learning is continuous: The ultimate goal is to facilitate learning in a way that encourages the leader to continue learning and growing, well after the session is over.
  • The Learning Space is free from distractions: Please handle school issues on breaks and during lunch, if necessary. If you need to deal with an emergency, please step outside of the learning space.

Summit Hotel

New info: Tuesday night's reception will be in the Red Fox room which is on the third floor overlooking the main lobby at 7pm.

All of our meetings take place at the hotel. Whole group sessions will take place in Belmont I&II. Breakout rooms will take place in Bellmont lll, Sully, and Piedmont.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport hotel.

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
13869 Park Center Road
Herndon, Virginia 20171 t 703-478-2900

You will need to book your hotel using this link no later than May 20th to get a discounted rate of $189 per night. Please have your credit card information ready.

Booking Travel & Accommodations

New Information- If you have not booked your hotel yet, please reach out to Michelle Fredrick. The hotel is nearly sold out and you may need to stay at a different hotel.

We recommend that you do not book a flight any earlier than 6:30pm. The shuttle will leave headquarters at 4pm and this will allow time for traffic and backups at security.

As you book travel for this event, please note that the Academic Leader Summit will officially kick off on Wednesday, June 8th with an opening presentation by Allison Cleveland. Please plan on arriving Tuesday evening, June 7th for a social prior to the summit kickoff. The Summit will conclude at 4pm on Thursday, June 9th. Feel free to schedule return flights on Thursday, June 9th after 6:30 PM EST. We will arrange for transportation to the airport as soon as we dismiss.


New information: Airport shuttle will pick you up at :15 and :45

It is recommended that you fly into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) which is only a few miles from the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel. You can call the hotel for a shuttle when you arrive. Their phone number is 703-478-2900.

Entertainment News

New Info: Your nametag will have a famous person on it. You will want to find other people at the reception who might belong to your "group."

New Info: Take a look at the nametags of the regional Leadership Team. They will have a ribbon on their nametag and their nametag will list something they know alot about. Strike up a conversation to learn something new.

Tuesday Night Social

  • Please join us for a K12 Social from 7pm-8pm in the conference center lobby
  • Will there be food at the Meet and Greet? If nourishment is at the top of your mind, we are serving Beer, Wine, and a non-alcoholic drink option along with light food, Mediterranean, Veggie, and Cheese Platters. The hotel restaurant will be open and serving food from their menu before and after the reception if you would like to have dinner, aside from the provided platters at the reception.
  • Please come dressed casual and expect to meet up with the 5-6 people from across the nation who will be in your group during the course of the summit.

New Info: DC Tour with Reston Limo Service: Please see the picture below outlining the Tour Itinerary.

  • Please join us for a 4 hour tour of DC.
  • Bring casual clothes and comfortable shoes because we are going to have a good time!


New Info: Breakfast and Lunch will be served in our meeting rooms.

  • Breakfast is included and the buffet will be a mix of American and Continental and you can expect yogurt, fruit, bagels, muffins, eggs, and bacon/Sausage.
  • Lunches will be catered and if you noted dietary restrictions on your registration, we will have a special meal waiting for you.
  • A boxed lunch (beyond just a sandwich, fruit, and a cookie) will be provided as you board the Limo Service for a night on the town in DC.

*Dietary Restrictions: Please note in your registration if you have any dietary restrictions and email any special requests to Michelle Frederick.

Summit Details

Summit Attire - Attire is business casual.

Pre-work for Academic Leaders Summit

New info: Please read the following responses from your peers outlining their top priorities as an Academic Leader.

New info: Optional: If you would like to take an online (non-scientific) test to better understand your personality type click here. The Differentiated School Leadership session will focus on the Meyer-Briggs Type Indicator and this test will help you determine your type.

In order to prepare for the summit, please read the following pages of the Academic Plan.

  • Pages 23-24 - Instructional Framework
  • Page 30 - Staffing Calendar
  • Page 31-32 - Homeroom vs Advisory
  • Page 39 - Staffing, Administrator/Principal
  • Page 40 - Observation and Feedback
  • Page 51 - vision - A public declaration that describes the school’s commitment to high-level goals and educational purpose.
  • Page 53 - community plan - How the school instills a sense of community among students, Learning Coaches, school administrators, teachers, and staff.
  • Page 57 - managing school leadership - Potential leaders are identified, trained in instructional leadership, and regularly provided detailed and timely performance feedback throughout the school year.

Living the Leadership Simulation - Through a “Living the Leadership” simulation, summit participants will practice essential functions of instructional leadership by solving real life challenges alongside your peers for greater strategic thinking and decision-making practice. You will also receive feedback from your regional leadership teams as you work through the scenarios. Click this link to see a great Infographic that illustrates how the simulations will work!

Why do I lead at K12?

Be prepared to answer this question when you arrive at the summit. We are making a video and we would like you to participate. Take a look at the video HOS's created when they were with us at a recent HOS Summit in Herndon.

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Summit Agenda!

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Living the Leadership

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The Lead360@K12 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

Brandi Maynard

Professional Development Manager

Mike Kazek

Board Relations Director