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K-12 Superintendent Internship and Competency Summary. Neal P. Thao Saint Mary’s University. Agenda. Introduction K-12 Superintendent Competencies Questions and Comments. NOBLE ACADEMY. Noble Academy, K-8 Charter School 4021 Thomas Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55412

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K 12 superintendent internship and competency summary

K-12 Superintendent Internship and Competency Summary

Neal P. Thao

Saint Mary’s University



  • Introduction

  • K-12 Superintendent Competencies

  • Questions and Comments

Noble academy


  • Noble Academy, K-8 Charter School

  • 4021 Thomas Avenue NorthMinneapolis, MN 55412

  • Student population:  500 Students; 95% Hmong and 5% other

  • Noble Academy Administrative Mentor:  Randall Bergman, Assistant to CEO

  • Saint Mary's University Advisor: Dr. Beverly Stofferahn

Noble academy continues

NOBLE ACADEMY (continues)

  • Through my three months (January 9-March 27, 2013) internship experience with Noble, I completed the following:

  • Resolved copier issue;

  • Revised policies, staff handbook and family handbook;

  • Signed vendors' contracts;

  • Proposed salary increase and a onetime bonus for both licensed and non-licensed staff;

  • Implemented procurement policy and invitation for bid for food services vendors;

  • Explored sites for next board retreat;

  • Wrote licensed and non-licensed evaluations;

  • Researched and refined calendar 2013-2014 school year;

  • Discussed lease options with Landlord;

  • Reviewed IRS 1023 Form to acquire non-profit affiliation status for Noble Academy;

  • Met with Pupil Dismissal Team  and approved a summary document for Noble's Board of Directors;

  • Reviewed general counsel's contract;

  • Worked with Student Account Specialist to pay bills;

  • Prepared for Special Education Audit and managed Noble's Special Education Audit with MDE;

  • Acted as administrative representative at an IEP meeting;

  • Visited a family whose house caught on fire;

  • Reviewed staff attendance taking data and had accountability conversations with impacted individuals;

  • Investigate racist complaint;

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NOBLE ACADEMY (continues)

  • Met with Noble Board Chair to go over board election process and procedure;

  • Reviewed NWEA data

  • Attended board meeting and met board of directors;

  • Revised policies, reviewed contracts and conducted staff evaluations;

  • Interviewed candidates and hired staff;

  • Planed and prepared for school board meeting;

  • Wrote improvement plans;

  • Met with potential vendors to discuss Noble's technology options;

  • Revised Noble's Truancy letter;

  • Reviewed HR policies;

  • Met with Noble's Title Grant specialist;

  • Prepared and answered questions and phone calls

Crosslake community school


  • Crosslake Community School, K-8 Charter School

  • 36974 County Road 66

  • Crosslake, MN 56442

  • Student population:  150 Students; 97.8% White, 1.5% Black and 0.7% American Indian

  • Crosslake Administrative Mentor:  Tami Martin, Executive Director/K-8 Principal/Superintendent

  • Saint Mary's University Advisor: Dr. Beverly Stofferahn

Crosslake community school continues


  • Through my forty hours (February 22 through March 27, 2013) internship experience with Crosslake Community School, I completed the following:

  • Skyped with Tami Martin to discuss my role and responsibilities;

  • Interviewed MS, ESL teachers and Paraprofessional Assistant;

  • Updated Noble's 501c3 Building company status to Board of Directors;

  • Discussed role and responsibilities for both licensed and non-licensed staff with Dr. Chang;

  • Prepared for Noble's board meeting.  I spent time collecting and compiling information for the board meeting, I also spent time drafting Director's Report;

  • Attended regular board meeting by sharing my personal;

  • Interviewed K-8 candidates for2013-2014 school year;

  • Met with Noble's Board of Director Chairperson, Attorney Ethan Yang, to discuss and plan for the next school year;

  • Reviewed NWEA data to prepare for next staff meeting;

  • Wrote E-Rate contracts for different providers;

  • Wrote improvement plans for staff;

  • Met and discussed options with a Board of Director whose seat will be expired in June 30;

  • Met and have an accountability conversation with teacher who has been struggling to make improvement regardless of all the support we have been providing for him;

  • Shared current student performance's data to all staff;

  • Worked with Board of Director Chairperson to finalize the board vacancy application and draft a letter to all stakeholders

Superintendent competencies

Superintendent Competencies

  • Policy and Law

    • Prairie Seeds Academy board member

    • Wrote Noble Academy bylaws, articles of incorporation and board policy manual

    • Wrote Noble Academy Staff and Family handbook

    • Attended law conferences made available through MACS, MSBA and Kennedy & Graven School Law Firm

    • Created Anti-bullying, and harassment policies

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Superintendent Competencies

  • Political Influence and Governance

    • Hopes and dreams

    • Inspired by Hmong leaders in State of Minnesota

      • The late State Senator Mee Moua , State Representative Cy Thao and currently State Senator Foung Her

    • Activities:

      • School board member at Prairie Seeds Academy

      • Community Cafe

        • Met Barb Johnson, Chief of Police Tim Dolan, Victory Neighborhood Associations, local church leaders, Henry HS Principal, Loring Elementary Principal and other police men

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Superintendent Competencies

  • Communication

    • Family Orientation and family visits

    • Annual Community Café

    • Surveys three times a year

    • Monthly director’s report to the board

    • Monthly Newsletter

    • Weekly Mission Matters with staff

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Superintendent Competencies

  • Communication

    • Work closely with Noble’s Board of Directors

      • Monthly report based on progress toward annual goals

    • Work with community partners

      • Hmong Times, Hmong Pages, Camden Community News, Hmong Radio, Junior Achievement, Annex Teen Clinic, A Chance To Grow, Wells Fargo and US Bank, JB Realty Co, Victory Neighborhood, North Minneapolis Salvation Army, VinaiMarket, St. Austin Church and Noble Academy PTO

    • ABC

Self assessment


  • Strengths and weaknesses

  • Vision- the ability to focus on the big picture

  • Relationships- the ability to build mutual respect and trust with staff, to show people genuine care, interest and support

  • Communication- the ability to express self, listen well to others, use humor, be personable

  • Character- the ability to make inward change in order to lead outward change, to be self aware, proactive, steady and stable

  • Collaboration- the ability to work with others and to delegate, to lead rather than manage, use “we” instead of “I”

Neal p thao k 12 superintendent licensure candidate saint mary s university

Neal P. Thao

K-12 Superintendent Licensure Candidate

Saint Mary’s University

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