Teaching Foundations (LA)
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 (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.
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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.
is a multi-disciplinary teacher and faculty leader with over fifteen years of experience in the classroom. She received her BA in Social Studies from Harvard University and her teaching credential from Cal State. Rachel currently teaches high school Humanities at The Bay School in San Francisco; she also brings recent experience as a faculty leader and music specialist at Live Oak School. This will be Rachel’s fourth year as a co-facilitator in Teaching Foundations.
has eleven years of teaching experience in Independent Schools and has worked as a science teacher, academic integrity advisor, dean of students and dean of experiential education, and as a department chair during his career in education. Ernie fell in love with research and education when he participated in a summer internship at the NIH after his senior year in High School. He developed a deep love and admiration for the way viruses work as that was the focus of his Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral work. Equally, he is passionate about teaching at the Secondary School level; he enjoys sharing his passion for science and the way things work with his students.
found her calling in teaching while volunteer tutoring at her neighborhood's public school in Boston. Larisa then went to Wellesley to get certified to teach and later received her M.A. in teaching social studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. She held a variety of teaching and administrative roles on the east coast, including Assistant Head of Upper School and Interim Head of Upper School. Most recently she was the Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Windward School in Los Angeles and taught eighth and tenth grade history. Now she is a founding faculty member and History Department Chair at the new school, Geffen Academy at UCLA, which will begin accepting students in 2017.