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In the past few days, members of the community have been sharing a link to the website of “Altering the Education Xpectation,” which offers executive coaching in the educational field. In the About Us section, Dr. Devon Horton, Superintendent of School District 65, is the only person mentioned.
Organizational papers for a limited liability company “Altering the Education Xpectation LLC” were filed with the Illinois Secretary of State on Oct. 15, 2020. Dr. Horton is listed as the manager.
The organization’s website says it provides executive coaching in the educational field. The company offers a three-month program that includes:
- “Three Saturday sessions
- “Two 90 minute 1 on 1 Interview preparation sessions with Founder Dr. Horton
- “Executive Leadership searching support (Assistant Principal, Principal, Central Office, Cabinet and Superintendent)
- “Real time interview prep Book Study”
The RoundTable asked Dr. Horton to comment on why the organization was formed, whether he had done any executive coaching to date, and to provide any other information he would like.
“Altering the Education Xpectation was officially formed as an LLC back in October of 2020,” Dr. Horton told the RoundTable. “The executive coaching was something that I had been doing since the fall of 2017. All of the coaching that I have done to date has been for free. There are principals, and central office leaders that have used my services to help them either improve some systems in their current role or prepare them for an interview. I started doing this out of the need of minority candidates seeking additional support that was either not available or could not afford the support. I had been asked by quite a few people to form an LLC so that my services could be used by their district to help them build out systems around equity, teacher residency (diversifying their teacher pipeline) and or leadership development.
“To date I have only done business one time under Altering the Education Xpectation. That was done on March 5th of this year. It was a one-hour virtual Equity symposium in Harris County, Texas. There are leaders across the state and country that I have worked with in private and it has all been done for free.
“Any services that I have provided have been done in my own spare time. I have not done business with any staff member of D65 or any organization or business affiliated with the City of Evanston or D65.”
The contract that Dr. Horton entered into with the District 65 School Board provides at paragraph 8:
“The Superintendent shall confine professional and employment activities to the business of the School District, except as provided in this paragraph or as otherwise approved by the Board. On an occasional, short-term basis approved by the Board, the Superintendent shall be permitted to undertake, writing, teaching, and speaking engagements. Any consulting work undertaken by the Superintendent for compensation must be accomplished on the Superintendent’s vacation days, holidays, or other non-duty days. The Board’s President shall be notified of the nature of the consulting activities, which shall not interfere with the performance of the Superintendent’s duties.”
Dr. Horton told the RoundTable, “In my contract I am allowed to do outside work as long as I make President Tanyavutti aware. Anya was made aware of the one speaking event.”
The RoundTable asked School Board President Anya Tanyavutti if the School Board approved the activity of executive coaching. Ms. Tanyavutti did not respond before this article was posted.