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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