Folio’s Mastermind groups

By Carey Fetting-Smith

One thing we know to be true is that leadership can be a lonely endeavor. Folio’s Mastermind groups are here to address that challenge head on by building a community of like-minded school leaders from other member schools. Folio’s Mastermind calls are a fun, low-lift, high-return, way to connect with dynamic school leaders across the country.  Every month, a member of the Folio team will facilitate a meaningful conversation about leadership topics related to professional growth and school culture. These meetings create a collegial space to problem solve, learn, and build relationships with your peers. Your Mastermind Facilitator will focus on impactful leadership development skills and suggest ways that myFolio can support and sustain your work. Register here and join us!

Last year, we discussed topics such as:  

  • Building strong relationships and trust with teachers
  • Executing informal observations and giving meaningful feedback
  • The power of focusing on “bright spots” when it comes to adult learning and development
  • Crafting your coaching manifesto
  • Ensuring your calendar aligns with your values / coaching manifesto
  • Maximizing myFolio features such as Mindful Minute, Spotlight and Community Feed
  • Crafting an inspiring professional development calendar that aligns with your myFolio Themes
  • Making reflection a habit
  • Sharing best practices regarding cultivating a culture of professional growth and celebration

What is a Mastermind Group? 

A mastermind group is simply a meeting of highly motivated folks who share a common goal. The group meets regularly, shares challenges, brainstorms ideas, and holds each other accountable.

Who should join? 

These calls are designed for Folio school leaders. That includes myFolio Administrators and anyone who else who is a myFolio Supervisor for faculty and staff; i.e. Division Heads, Deans of Faculty or Teaching and Learning, Department Chairs, and Human Resources Directors.

Hear What Mastermind Participants are Saying:

I appreciate the prompts and resources on the doc, and I always benefit from the conversation about how others are using elements of Folio!”

“I love the opportunity to hear from others about relevant topics and the Problem of Practice Protocol was a great way to listen, learn, and contribute.”

“I loved getting a list of resources afterward. It was clear the amount of thought and time went into planning the meeting, very productive!”

“I liked the emphasis on community-building: getting to know one another, brainstorming together, and sharing our Folio “Why.” It’s nice to know that we’re all facing some of the same questions and challenges, even in different roles at different schools.”

“I loved it all!”