Teaching Foundations (Bay Area)

Aug 04, 2020 9:00AM—Aug 07, 2020 3:00PM


Bay School of San Francisco

Cost $1,500 members; ($2,250 non-members)

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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.



Cathy Aragon has worked in education for fifteen years in both private and public schools in San Francisco. She is currently the Associate Director of Programs for the CATDC. For nine years she worked at San Francisco Day School where she began as a second-grade teacher and most recently moved into the role of Lower School Instructional Coach. During her time at San Francisco Day School she collaborated on many projects designed to promote more equitable learning environments for all types of learners. She is trained in Universal Design for Learning, received her multiple subject credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, and holds a BA in History from Harvard University.


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.


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.


Clarke Weatherspoon currently serves as the Middle School Head of San Francisco Friends School. Prior to his current position he served as the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at the Urban School of San Francisco, teaching Identity and Ethnic Studies and Junior Service Learning. During his many years at Urban he also served as the 9th/10th grade dean and taught history courses for 10 years. In 2017 Clarke earned The Hero Award from A Better Chance for his youth empowerment and advocacy work.

Cancellation Policy

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.