7 calls, September 2021 through April 2022.
One of our most popular offerings, the Folio Mastermind series brings together groups of highly motivated school leaders from Folio member schools around the shared goal of deepening growth-minded faculty cultures within their school communities. Each group is led by an experienced facilitator and meets for seven 60-minute calls over the course of the year to share challenges and brainstorm solutions together.
This year’s Mastermind groups will be organized around the key reasons you hired Folio as well as additional topics of interest to member schools.
Each group will meet for seven 60-minute video calls over the course of the year. As space is limited and demand is high, we ask that you register for a Mastermind group for which you are able to attend at least six of the seven meeting dates. Once registered, you will receive confirmation calendar invites for each of your Mastermind group’s meeting dates.
Tuition is $250 (Folio members only.) Register here.
OneSchoolhouse+Folio Course: Creating a Culture of Collaboration
October 18-29, 2021
Collaboration among faculty and staff is a key driver for increasing teacher growth and the overall quality of teaching and learning in our schools, and yet deeply collaborative adult cultures are rarer than we would like in independent schools.
For the past several years, with support from the McDonogh School and the E.E. Ford Foundation, a design team led by the Folio Collaborative has investigated how to help schools foster faculty collaboration, conducting fact-finding visits to a set of highly-collaborative schools, non-profits, and for-profit companies.
Synthesis of this research yielded a school leadership framework and accompanying whitepaper — The Building Blocks of Transformational Teamwork — which provides guidance to help schools become more collaborative workplaces.
This course will guide participants as they learn about key elements of collaborative cultures, assess the strengths and growth areas of their own school cultures when it comes to collaboration, and acquire a set of strategies and tactics they can use to improve adult collaboration in their schools.
- Take a deep dive into the Building Blocks of Transformational Teamwork framework for fostering adult collaboration in schools, building a vocabulary and set of leadership tactics around adult collaboration
- Reflect upon their school’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of the collaboration framework and identify critical areas for improvement
- Explore tactics for improving adult collaboration in their schools’ identified areas of need, and create a plan for next steps
$355 for Folio Collaborative / One Schoolhouse Consortium members; $495 for all other participants. Learn more and register here.
Summer Institute 2022
Save the dates: July 10th through the 15th, 2022!
The Folio Summer Institute will be returning to Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne, VA for #SI2022!
Look for registration and more details in early 2022!
Growth-Oriented Leadership for Department Chairs
July 19 – 21, 10:30am – 5:00pm Eastern. Virtual Format
We often hear from department chairs that they don’t feel equipped to have the new kinds of conversations they are asked to have, or that they feel they need to have, in order to drive change in their departments. They may see themselves as colleagues and managers of department business, more so than coaches, team leaders, and developers of faculty.
Often, they have moved into their roles without the formal leadership training required to transform the work of their departments and the instruction occurring in classrooms.
This three-day workshop is designed to equip department chairs with immediately-applicable communication tools and leadership skills that can help them enhance collaboration, foster and support teacher growth, and strengthen collegial relationships within their department.
Taking Fierce Conversations modules as well as strategies from our research around collaborative working environments, department chairs will practice skills, experience activities firsthand, and transfer their learning to the myFolio process that they will use in the coming year.
Details and registration here
2020-2021 Folio Meetups
One of the best parts of Folio Collaborative membership is the opportunity to connect and share ideas with like-minded schools all over the country (and the world).
Join us for a monthly drop-in call, facilitated by Andy and Meredith and featuring open discussion on a rotating set of topics of interest. Sessions are free of charge and no-commitment; come for the topics that interest you and the dates that work for you.
Bring your ideas, your struggles, your knowledge, and your curiosity, and prepare to share them with others!
3rd Thursday of every monthly, 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
- Jan 21: How might our schools heal and rebuild in 2021?
- Feb 18: What does “evaluation” mean in a growth-oriented faculty/staff culture?
- Mar 18: How can schools use peer coaching and other peer-to-peer structures to support faculty/staff growth?
- Apr 15: How can schools support staff growth and learning with the myFolio platform?
Online Course: Folio+One Schoolhouse
“Faculty Observation & Feedback: It’s Different This Year”
February 1 – February 7 (with access through February 12)
It would be an understatement to say that the events of 2020 have complicated the practice of classroom observation. In trying time and unfamiliar classroom contexts, skills and competencies for observing teaching and offering meaningful feedback are evolving.
This course will guide participants in developing practices that work in multiple modes (on-campus, hybrid, and online) and for complex situations, ultimately helping participants plan for a more mission- and values-aligned approach to observation.
Details and registration here
2020-2021 Folio Speaker Series
Discount for Folio members
Through the new Folio Speaker Series, Collaborative members will better understand and explore how to bring an equity-and-inclusion lens to their work supporting faculty and staff. These monthly workshops feature guest speakers, innovative content, and time for members to engage with and learn from each other. We are pleased to be partnering with The Glasgow Group, a consortium of experts in the field, to feature topics of equity and inclusion in four of our Folio Speaker Series events.
May Workshop: Equity and Inclusion Focus
Topic: DEI + Professional Growth Case Studies
Wednesday, May 5: 3:00 PM – 4:30 ET / 12:00 PM – 1:30 PT
In previous workshops this year, Folio and the Glasgow Group have helped participants explore a set of big ideas: how to align DEI goal-setting from strategic vision all the way down to individual practice; how to observe, coach, and supervise with equity; and how to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff.
In most schools, all of those pieces are at play simultaneously, with professional growth nuanced by each individual’s context as well as the school’s culture, norms, and systems. In this workshop, we’ll integrate all of those ideas and more as we work together through a set of case studies focused upon the intersections between professional growth and DEI work.
Come prepared to engage with case studies shared by the presenters, as well as sharing your own case studies for the group to consider or engaging with case studies shared by other participants. Participants will leave the session with a more nuanced understanding of how the “rubber meets the road” when it comes to bringing a DEI lens to professional growth leadership.
Details and registration here
April Workshop: Creating a Culture of Collaboration
Monday, April 14: 3:00 PM – 4:30 ET / 12:00 PM – 1:30 PT
Collaboration among faculty and staff is a key driver for increasing teacher growth and the overall quality of teaching and learning in our schools. For the past several years, with support from the McDonogh School and the E.E. Ford Foundation, a design team led by the Folio Collaborative has investigated how to help schools foster faculty collaboration, conducting fact-finding visits to a set of highly-collaborative schools, non-profits, and for-profit companies. Synthesis of this research yielded a school leadership framework and accompanying whitepaper — The Building Blocks of Transformational Teamwork — which provides guidance to help schools become more collaborative workplaces. Join us in this workshop as we share strategies and tactics to make your school a more collaborative place and help you explore how you might apply our findings in your specific context.Guiding Questions:
- What practices distinguish highly collaborative organizations?
- If we believe that collaboration enhances learning among students, how can we help teachers learn in more collaborative ways as well?
- What strategies and tactics are most central to creating a culture of collaboration?
2021 Annual Meeting, Thursday March 25th, Noon ET
Folio member schools are just that – members. By joining the Collaborative, you aren’t simply subscribing to a software platform or accessing a list of professional development opportunities.
Membership means that you have a voice, that you play a role in Folio’s growth, development, and strategic direction. While there are many ways to exercise that voice and to explore your role as a Folio “insider,” one of the most important of these is Folio’s Annual Meeting, held this year virtually on March 25.
Details and registration here.
February Workshop: Equity and Inclusion Focus
Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Faculty and Staff
Wednesday, February 10: 3:00 PM – 4:30 ET / 12:00 PM – 1:30 PT
Recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty/staff are long-standing issues within independent schools. The two concepts exist in a feedback loop: the best way to recruit a diverse faculty is to retain a diverse faculty so that you have critical mass, while the best way to retain a diverse faculty is to have consistent diversity in recruitment to enhance and maintain critical mass. As such, recruitment and retention require attention to an array of cultural and interpersonal factors as well as the design and maintenance of systems to promote trust, equity, safety, and inclusion for employees and prospective hires alike.
Central to these efforts is a school’s approach to professional growth: the ways in which growth, feedback, and professional development are designed and implemented by leaders, and experienced by faculty and staff, have an significant impact on recruitment and retention, especially for members of marginalized groups. Join Folio and a group of diversity practitioners from The Glasgow Group, who will share tools and techniques that have proven to be effective in independent school recruitment. Participants will leave this workshop with concrete steps to take in reviewing and enhancing their recruitment and retention practices.
- What are the best tactics for recruitment of a diverse faculty/staff?
- What strategies might schools use to support the retention of diverse faculty/staff?
- What role do professional growth, feedback, and professional development play in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty/staff?
December Workshop: Equity and Inclusion Focus
Topic Observing, Coaching, and Supervising for Equity
Monday, December 7: 3:00 PM – 4:30 ET / 12:00 PM – 1:30 PT
When it comes to classroom observation, teacher coaching, and the working relationships between teachers and their supervisors, identities are a major factor and “the way we’ve always done it” doesn’t necessarily work for everyone, especially members of marginalized groups.
Supporting growth for all members of our professional communities, and maximizing teacher retention in a time of great complexity and challenge, requires us to unpack and examine the intersections between race, gender, sexual identity, and other key aspects of identity.
We know the importance of quality feedback and that a positive mentoring relationship is a key factor in the retention and success of employees from underrepresented communities.
The professional development process we use in schools — to help faculty and staff learn and grow, work through challenges, rise to meet expectations, and develop their craft as educators — must have a lens towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. Join us to build your skills and rethink your systems towards a more equitable approach to observing classrooms, coaching faculty and staff members, and serving as a supervisor.
How can we approach classroom observation differently in order to make it more supportive to BIPOC faculty and staff and members of other groups who have historically been underrepresented and marginalized in independent schools?
How can supervisors and coaches connect meaningfully with teachers across cultural differences, building effective relationships that don’t replicate systems of oppression?
How can those with dominant identities effectively share critical feedback with those of marginalized identities so that feedback is heard without feeling like it is contributing to negative experiences or targeting?
How can we connect authentically and support effectively when we don’t fully understand the challenges someone faces because of their identity?