Support for Supporters
SESSION 1: October 9, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
SESSION 2: December 1, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
SESSION 3: February 5, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
SESSION 4: March 16, 2021 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
SESSION 5: May 19, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
ABOUT THIS ONLINE ONGOING PROGRAM
The position of Administrative Assistant to the Head of School or Division Head is a unique, complicated, and demanding one, requiring a high degree of professionalism as well as a complex combination of exceptional interpersonal skills, technology know-how, and the ability to manage and track several projects and events simultaneously.
Because this administrative support position requires maintaining a high level of confidentiality, those in it can feel particularly isolated from others in the school. This program offers a small, confidential and welcoming environment designed to foster connections, learning, support and dialogue with peers who share similar experiences and challenges. We will pay close attention to the new demands on our positions as we navigate the shifts in duties in response to COVID, including supporting facilities and emerging technology with staff working at home, at school and hybrids of each. There will be time for connecting with new colleagues across the state, as well as opportunities for participants to share regionally.
Along with guest speakers and readings, there will also be time to problem solve, share know-how and resources, request practical feedback or suggestions, or just simply laugh about our jobs. This year's series will consist of three 2-hour workshops, with two additional 1-hour sessions throughout the year. Each 2-hour session will focus on a different theme and include a guest speaker. The one-hour meetings are a time to connect and problem solve as challenges arise, as well as to check-in about integrating learning from didactic sessions.
Our first meeting will allow time to reacquaint or get to know one another. Prior to meeting, facilitators will survey participants about areas of interest for the group, in order to tailor the year to the needs and interests of the current participants. Topics may include the art of feedback, time management, self-advocacy and self-care.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Violet Borowski joined the San Francisco Friends School in 2012 as Assistant to the Head of School. She is a graduate of CSU San Bernardino and has worked in the field of education for over eight years. She made San Francisco her home in 2005 and has worked as a kindergarten assistant teacher, as well as an Executive Assistant for PACT, an educational nonprofit specializing in free collegiate assistance to underprivileged youth.
Katherine Preston, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been a practicing psychotherapist for thirty years. She is currently the mental health specialist for the San Francisco Friends School. She also maintains a private practice in San Francisco, including providing clinical consultation to other mental health professionals. She has held many clinical leadership positions overseeing and providing clinical training and supervision for therapeutic school-based services.
Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.