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Leadership Profile: Larry King – The Director of Charter Development and Employee Services


Larry KingiLEAD Schools and the Maker Learning Network continue to grow and expand each year. With that growth, new or expanding needs develop. In order to manage the growth in positive ways, as well as help serve the entire iLEAD family and Maker Learning Network, there is a new Director of Charter School Development and Employee Services. Meet Lawrence King:





What Are Your Hobbies, Interests and Passions?

I spend a lot of my time with my family. I am fortunate to have both my parents alive and relatively well. I have two daughters in their twenties who are both getting married this year. I have been married for 32 years to my beautiful wife who is also an educator.

I am really interested in something called the Wim Hof Method. It is the practice of combining breathing, mindfulness and cold exposure with the goal of being happier, healthier and stronger.  I keep an ice chest in my garage that is filled with water and ice.   I submerge myself in it from time to time. I have been practicing for a few years now.

I am also really into physical fitness and activity. I enjoy the benefits of dedicating one hour per day to something that I don’t often want to do. However, I’m always glad when I do and not just because it’s over.

Finally, I really enjoy anything with a motor.  I’ve had remote control airplanes, several different types of cars, and more recently I’ve been into drones.

What Is Your Educational Background?

First of all, school was not easy for me as a K-12 student. I began to find my way while attending Los Angeles Pierce Community College. I then transferred to UCLA as a psychology major.

After earning my bachelor’s degree, I enlisted in the US Army. I attended the Drill Sergeant Academy in Fort Dix, New Jersey, nearly 35 years ago.  I was honored to graduate first from my class.  I served four years and then began my career in education.

I have my BS in Psychology from UCLA, a teaching credential from California State University, Fresno and then a MA in Education and Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

What Is Your Professional Background?

I was a classroom teacher for 11 years in the Baldwin Park Unified School District. I was also an elementary and middle school administrator in that same school district. I then spent four years as a Human Resources Director in the Covina Valley Unified School District. I then became Assistant Superintendent and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Pupil Services in the Rim Of The World school district where I served for three years. I then became a superintendent with the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District for four years.

What Are The Roles And Responsibilities Of This New Role?

Well, I have a split role. I work part-time for iLEAD California, as well as part-time for the Maker Learning Network.

For iLEAD California, my role is Charter School Development. This work is unique and fascinating. I work with Board members, executive team members and the business side of the house.  I’m quite familiar with the process of becoming a charter school in California through the lens of an authorizing agency.  However, it’s a much different perspective when looking through the scope of the charter organization.  The teams I work with have a clear understanding of what it takes to start a school from start to finish including finance, personnel, facilities, state law and governance.  It is a time-consuming endeavor that involves many hands working together.  I look forward to supporting our teams in any way I can.

For the Maker Learning Network, I am leading Employee Services, as well as doing some Charter School Development. I have extensive experience in personnel services. We are here to provide support to our site directors, facilitators and support staff in different states.  We want to be sure that our employees have access to health benefits information, complaint procedures and policies, wellness and the terms of their employment.  As a relatively new and expanding organization, this is an exciting and challenging time for employee services.  We are all here to serve learners in a meaningful, engaging and unique environment.  We are all here because we believe our young people deserve an option that gives them voice in their learning path.

Why iLEAD Schools and the Maker Learning Network? Why Did You Take On These New Roles?

I was looking for something different – a way to serve students in a different capacity.  I was very interested in finding a charter school organization that would be a good fit for me.  ILEAD Schools and the Maker Learning Network are those types of organizations.  Dawn Evenson and Amber Golden exemplify the characteristics, passion and strength with which I want to be associated. They are the reason I chose to join this amazing team.

How have you been welcomed or received thus far?

The team has been amazing.  The assistance I’ve received from those who work in business and employee services has been so supportive.  Specifically, I really appreciate Manny Ortega’s approach to everything in employee services and business.  He has a true understanding of the inner workings.

What are your thoughts about Project-Based Learning?

When I was younger, I learned best when I was having fun, was engaged and was allowed the freedom to choose what I wanted to learn about.  This isn’t anything novel.  Most of us are motivated to work hard at something when it’s meaningful and engaging.  45 years ago they didn’t call it PBL.  Students and parents would simply say, “She is such a good teacher …,” for example.  PBL allows for students to feel ownership about their learning.  In this regard, teachers are not the keepers of knowledge, but rather the facilitators of learning for our young people.

Any other thoughts or comments?

I think the potential for growth of iLEAD Schools and the Maker Learning Network is limitless.  The possibilities are endless and it is so exciting to imagine the future.  I’m happy to be part of a great team.

Posted on September 30, 2021 in iLEAD Digest

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Maker Learning Network (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the https://ileadschools.org/ website (the “Service”).

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, the terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from the Service.

Information Collection and Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or the instructions provided in any email we send.

Usage Data

We may also collect information on how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking & Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and we hold certain information.

Cookies are files with a small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Other tracking technologies are also used such as beacons, tags and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyse our Service.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Examples of Cookies we use:

Use of Data

Maker Learning Network uses the collected data for various purposes:

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), Maker Learning Network legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.

Maker Learning Network  may process your Personal Data because:

Retention of Data

Maker Learning Network will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

Maker Learning Network will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer periods.

Transfer of Data

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to – and maintained on – computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ from those of your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Maker Learning Network will take all the steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organisation or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure of Data

Business Transaction

If Maker Learning Network is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Disclosure for Law Enforcement

Under certain circumstances, Maker Learning Network may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Legal Requirements

Maker Learning Network may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

Security of Data

The security of your data is important to us but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Our Policy on “Do Not Track” Signals under the California Online Protection Act (CalOPPA)

We do not support Do Not Track (“DNT”). Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked.

You can enable or disable Do Not Track by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser.

Your Data Protection Rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. Maker Learning Network aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete or limit the use of your Personal Data.

If you wish to be informed about what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

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We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), provide the Service on our behalf, perform Service-related services or assist us in analysing how our Service is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.


We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyse the use of our Service.

Behavioral Remarketing

Maker Learning Network uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to you after you visited our Service. We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimise and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.

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Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Children’s Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”).

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

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Important information regarding confidential student data

There is ongoing litigation between the California Department of Education and the Concerned Parent Association. A notice issued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson states, “The lawsuit accuses CDE of widespread, systemic non-compliance by local educational agencies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.”

The court has ordered CDE to release student and parent information to provide personally identifiable information (PII) – an act that can only be taken as an exception to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As a result, we are providing notice of the court order and directions to anyone wishing to object.

Please be advised that CDE will notify parents or students of whom are required to disclose information and those individuals may object directly to the court regarding this disclosure using the PDF link below:


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