Teaching Foundations (Bay Area)
The Teaching Foundations program is designed to support the growth and success of all teachers—particularly those in their early years at independent schools—by focusing on foundational areas of classroom teaching.
Sessions are organized around the following topics: identity and culture (self, school, and classroom), lesson design and pedagogy, building successful professional relationships, communication and feedback, and sustaining a career in teaching.
Led by master teachers, administrators, and guest presenters, this respected program provides participants with personalized attention and specific instruction that is adaptable for all grade levels. Emphasis is placed on modeling and using best practices for lesson planning, classroom management, and assessment as well as on developing communication skills, cultural competencies, and confidence as an advisor and leader. Even seasoned teachers find useful tools and benefit from the opportunity to work with top educators in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere.
We are pleased to announce that in addition to our four-day summer institute we are including two day-long follow up sessions during the fall and winter to build upon the summer and offer additional support. Research overwhelmingly shows that ongoing support, especially for new teachers, leads to both greater skills and increased retention.
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Malika Carter spent her twenties teaching in independent schools in California and Arizona, staffing for President Clinton and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and working in high tech in Colorado. Malika received her California teaching credential in 2003 from Mills College and spent three years teaching fourth grade in San Leandro before joining the Live Oak faculty in 2005. After teaching fourth grade for four years, Malika moved to the position of seventh grade Humanities teacher.
Lori Cohen is the Dean of Faculty at the Bay School of San Francisco. Prior to her current position, Lori taught Humanities, Literature, and Religion/Philosophy at Bay for many years. Lori also coordinates Teacher Development seminars, in-house professional development, for Bay faculty and has begun a Teaching Fellows program that will be entering its third year. This will be Lori’s fifth year as a co-facilitator/teacher leader in Teaching Foundations, a program that brings her joy and professional rejuvenation.
Leslie Powell is a veteran educator and lifelong learner with a degree in developmental psychology and a multiple subjects credential. In her tenure at Head-Royce she has held many leadership positions including lead teacher, Dean of Faculty & Students in the summer program, Intern Teacher program director as well as her current role as Assistant Head of Lower School. She believes in skillful and effective communication as a means to foster strong, positive relationships and authentic dialogue. Leslie lives in Alameda and enjoys time with her family and island walks with her dog, Coconut.
Clarke Weatherspoon currently serves as the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at the Urban School of San Francisco, where he teaches Identity and Ethnic Studies and Junior Service Learning. Clarke previously served as the 9th/10th grade dean and taught history courses for 10 years. At Urban he directs the Multi-Culti Team, a group of 29 student leaders, and partners to with other administrators to mentor students and teachers on how to make the school more inclusive and enjoyable. In 2017 Clarke earned The Hero Award from A Better Chance for his youth empowerment and advocacy work.