The Network

The Network Memo

The Network challenges and supports high-capacity leaders

to examine and improve the quality growth of their schools.

Thank You for Your Strong Work at the May 2017 Network Leaders Meeting.

Earlier this month we engaged in the urgent work of remaining honest about and committed to the work we share: closing the achievement gap without apology and without excuse.

Together, we examined key practices driving results in this country’s highest performing schools.

Together, we addressed crucial questions on college and career readiness, adult culture, change management, fund development, and interim assessments.

From all of you, we heard the same refrain: Our students can achieve, and it is up to us to make that happen.  We are honored to be in the work with you.

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“The meeting kicked off with some good inspirational words from Sue and finished with significant time problem-solving with high capacity folks – can’t beat that.”
– John Dues, Chief Learning Officer, United Schools Network


“I loved that we got the chance to problem solve with other leaders about challenges we were facing… I now have some concrete actions that I will take home…  Also, I’ve made connections with others!”
– Annie Robison, Director of Schools, RePublic Schools


“The opportunity to analyze our challenges and create a plan while also networking and learning from others was very valuable. Everything was very thought out, thorough and everyone was very welcoming. Thank you so much!”
– Marni Parsons, Vice President of Student and Family Services, Bright Star Schools


“There were many concrete steps that we as leaders can take to ensure we are continuing to focus on the why in our work and are truly working to close the achievement gap for the scholars we serve.”
– Sarah Mertz, Principal, Vista College Preparatory


 “The opportunity to connect with our people in The Network is invaluable.”
– Chris O’Brien, Principal – Village Prep Woodland Hills, The Prep Schools


“What a solid terrific program. Thank you.”
– Katherine Myers-Crum, Executive Director and Principal, Great Lakes Academy


“Great to be reconnected with everyone, and to be re-inspired in the work.”
– Owen Stearns, Chief Executive Officer, Excel Academy


For all May meeting materials, please reference your Guidebook app or the meeting website. Remember to save the date for the November 2017 Network Leaders Meeting, November 8-9 in Boston, MA.


Updates, Announcements, Reminders, and Resources

LENS 2017-2018: LENS is an intense training that prepares individuals to take on heightened leadership roles within urban charter schools. Please be aware that the LENS 2017-2018 application is now closed. Summer training will be held June 22-30 in Boston, MA. For additional details on training dates, locations, and more, please view the LENS 2017-2018 brochure.

2017-2018 Network Membership and Support Services: Over 90 percent of Network leaders reported that there is clear value in being a member of The Network in 2016-2017. Over the past year, we have been honored to work with and alongside you to achieve incredible growth and continued success at each of your schools. Our deepest gratitude goes to each of you in this work. We are looking forward to continuing to support and challenge each of you in 2017-2018. To this end, Network membership invoices will be sent July 1 and will be due back July 31. 2017-2018 Membership and Support Services will begin August 1.

2017-2018 Strategic Support Reviews: Last year, 100% of Network schools reported that their Strategic Support Review was Highly Effective or Effective. The goal of the Strategic Support Review (SSR) is to thin-slice the organizational health of the school, identifying levers that will continue to drive the strength and integrity of the organization. By the end of the review, a concrete action plan that fully equips the School’s Leadership to lead the school to its next stage of success will be created. Using data collected from SSR surveys, we have begun to assemble your Strategic Support Review team. We will be in touch next month to identify potential dates, and to discuss further details and logistics. Should you have any questions or concerns before that time, please do not hesitate to reach out at your convenience.