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Workshop: Support for Supporters (Bay Area)


Session 1

Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: The Bay School of San Francisco (map)

Session 2

Date: February 6, 2018
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: The Bay School of San Francisco (map)

Session 3

Date: April 17, 2018
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: The Bay School of San Francisco (map)

Fee: $800 Members; ($1200 Non-members)


Support for Supporters (Bay Area)

Early-bird (before Sept 1): $750 Members
Regular (Sept 2 – Oct 9): $800 Members
Late (after Oct 10): $850 Members

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 the 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 connection, learning, support, and dialogue with peers who share similar experiences and challenges.

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. Each meeting will focus on a different theme and will include a guest speaker.

The group will meet three times, from 9am – 12pm in the beautiful Manson Room with a view, on the fourth floor of The Bay School. The meeting will include a light organic breakfast.


10/24  Time management, work/life balance

The first meeting of the year will be an opportunity to connect with new and known friends, and with our guest speaker learn to focus on ways to manage time effectively, and avoid burn-out through deliberate attention to work/life balance and self-care.

2/6   Difficult conversations

The second meeting will be focused on having difficult conversations with families, co-workers and supervisors. We will discuss self-advocacy and developing respectful boundaries. You will have the chance to practice using a case study of your own and plan strategically for challenging conversations in advance.

4/17 Tech conundrums and solutions

Based on specific technology needs and questions from the group, we will bring in a guest speaker to introduce new technology tools and tips ready for immediate implementation.

Note: Based on feedback from participants, this year meeting has been extended a half hour and the curriculum has been developed to include guest speakers on specific topics of interest shared by the group.

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Katherine Preston

Katherine Preston

Katherine Preston, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty years. She is currently the mental health consultant for the San Francisco Friends School and she teaches lifespan development and family systems theory at Sofia University in Palo Alto. She also maintains a private practice in San Francisco and has held many clinical leadership positions overseeing and providing clinical training and supervision for therapeutic school-based services.
Violet Borowski

Violet Borowski

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. Violet appreciates the variety in her role, loves the satisfaction that comes with bringing a project to completion, and is grateful for the opportunity to play a helpful part in community building at SFFS.
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