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K12 Hosts Inaugural Growing for imPACT Summit

From January 9th – 11th, School Services’ Lead360 team held the very first ‘Grow Emerging Leaders’ Summit in Herndon as a part of the year-long leadership succession and development program. The event lasted three days with the primary focus to strengthen the skills of emerging school leaders in an effort to build the Head of School Leadership pipeline.

K12’s Lead360 team develops programs and supports that help 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.

The summit included a total of eight participants, all current Principal-level leaders selected through a rigorous identification process for potential Head of School roles.

The summit’s theme was “Growing for ImPACT!” The acronym, PACT, honors K12’s mission, standing for passion, accountability, courage and trust.

At the summit, participants heard from several executives to inspire their mission to uphold K12’s values, including Executive Chairman, Nate Davis, K12 CEO, Stuart Udell, and Executive Vice President of School Management and Services, Allison Cleveland.

Udell drove home one of his favorite themes, explaining that education is a basic right for all.

One participant, Catherine Grove, is the middle and high school principal at LAVCA who praised the program and summit. She explained, “My favorite part was having the opportunity to meet personally and experience all the different departments to learn what they do to support our schools. It was incredibly meaningful.”

The primary focus of the ‘Grow Emerging Leaders’ program is to help build leadership practice and knowledge in the following areas: building K12 institutional knowledge, learning leadership fundamentals, and practicing authentic leadership activities for Heads of Schools in their roles.

Several engaging sessions took place, including a participant “Share Fair” where emerging leaders spoke for 20 minutes on an innovative practice showcasing their skills in delivering effective professional development. Upon the completion of the presentation, each participant received feedback from the Lead360 team and their peers to enhance their practice in this area.

After leaving the summit, Grow participants will continue their learning by attending virtual leadership development sessions, complete leadership projects, etc. The program concludes in the spring with activities that include development of a 100 Day Plan for entering a new school as a HOS, Hirevue interviews, project reviews, etc.

In a closing remark to the team, Vice President, School Leadership Development and Support, Darren Reed said, “Hopefully this program enhanced the amazing leadership skills you already have in a way that will help you and our organization thrive!”

Check out these photos from the summit!

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