By Jenn David-Lang, Co-Facilitator of School Masterminds
School leaders are indispensable for school success, and yet they receive the least professional learning in the building. While schools were closed during the pandemic, I had an idea: why not involve groups of administrators in Masterminds, an online version of accountable, results-focused teacher PLCs? The term Masterminds was coined almost 100 years ago by author Napoleon Hill but has only recently found its way into the world of K-12 schools.
At the invitation of the Fordham Professional Development Resource Center for Religious and Independent Schools (PDRC), my colleague and co-facilitator, Mitch Center, facilitate Leading with Presence and Care, a mastermind group that engages educational leaders in conversations on problems of practice that they bring to the group and discussions on articles of critical education issues. The one-hour meetings go quickly, following this structure:
While the sessions have been particularly valuable during the disruptions of the pandemic, we will continue to run these groups in the new normal as a way to bring together groups of leaders for their own professional learning. We look forward to meeting you as part of the upcoming spring program of Leading with Presence and Care Mastermind Group.