COD 2023 - D821

Webinar - Powerful Professional Development - Intro to Mastermind groups (Level 1)

Heads, Area/Level Coordinators, Heads of Department and aspiring leaders

1 sessions, start: 14-Mar

Course detail

Year: 2023
Level: Distance
Language: English
Status: Ended
Lugar: Distance
Facilitator/s: Ms. Sofía Hughes MA
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 4500.00
Non affiliate
ARS 4500.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 14 March 2023 06:00 pm 08:00 pm


Sofía Hughes

Sofía Hughes is an international educator, born in Argentina, with over 25 years experience as a teacher and leader in prestigious ESSARP schools. She holds a BA in the Humanities from Haverford College, PA, an MA in Education from the University of Chicago and is ABD for her doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Chicago. She holds a degree in Humanistic Counseling from HOLOS San Isidro and is certified in Argentina as a Primary and Secondary Education Teacher of English. She has recently completed two modules of the Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University Online.
Her current work involves being a Mastermind coach for Better Leaders Better Schools, Executive Secretary for the International Confederation of Principals, and Schools Development Manager - Argentina for Cambridge Assessment International Education.
Heads, Area/Level Coordinators, Heads of Department and aspiring leaders
This course offers a short introduction to Mastermind groups to show how this model of professional development addresses a void in our educational system that seriously undermines the quality and effectiveness of school leadership: the isolated nature of the work of leaders. School leaders often lack safe, challenging, and regular spaces for reflection that will allow them to refine the WHY of their leadership and fine-tune the HOW and WHAT of their leadership practices.
Level 1 is a pre-requisite to joining the 10 session ongoing Mastermind cohort (Level 2).

This course aims to:
- Create a space for collaborative reflection;
- Contribute to the development of a network of ESSARP school leaders;
- Model how Mastermind groups work.
- Introduction to the Mastermind basic elements and concepts
- ABC's of Professional Development
- Mastermind agreements
- Elements of leader well-being
- A Leader's mindset
- Hot Seats
Participants will meet synchronously via zoom and engage in a live Mastermind session led by the course leader. The session will include interactive activities, book/video/podcast discussions, 2 “hot seat” experiences and other short activities to promote the creation of a safe, challenging and fun environment for continuous professional learning.
At the end of the session, participants will be invited to join the 10 session Mastermind cohort that starts March 21st and ends July 11th and will meet over zoom every 2 weeks for 90-minute sessions.
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Sinek, S. (2013) “Start with WHY”, TED Talks, Retrieved Aug 12, 2022
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