The following is a list of frequently asked questions. Should you have an additional question or a speaker recommendation, we welcome your input and encourage you to email your comments to Common Ground Information.

How can my school become a member of the Common Ground Speaker Series consortium?

Thank you for your interest. Please send an email, providing information about your school, to Marcie Kay.

Who may attend Common Ground event and is there a charge?

Common Ground Speaker Series events are open to the public. All parents, faculty and staff from our member schools are admitted to the events free of charge. (This is made possible through the generous financial support of their schools.) Faculty and educators from non-member schools are also admitted free of charge. Guests from non-member schools and the general community are welcome to attend for a $20 fee at the door.

Pop-up events are free of charge to all.

Can I reserve seats ahead of time?

Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We suggest that audience members arrive 15-20 minutes before the start of the event in order to secure a seat, enjoy complimentary refreshments and purchase books. Please let us know the name of the member school you are affiliated with when you arrive.

How long do most events last?

Evening events begin at 7pm and generally end by 9pm. Morning events begin at 9:30am and generally last until 11:30am. Events include 60-80 minutes of formal remarks by our speakers, followed by a short Q&A period. Our speakers graciously stay after their formal presentations to greet audience members and sign books.

What kind of seating is available?

Actual seating varies by location, and is generally in theater-style seats or movable chairs with backs. Every effort is made to accommodate audience members who require handicapped access or seating. Please ask for help from a Common Ground volunteer upon arrival at the event.

How can I get directions to the venues and information about parking?

Detailed directions and notes about parking can be found on the speaker’s page of our website. Parking may be limited at some venues and carpooling is always encouraged. Since most of our venues are in residential neighbors, we ask that you are respectful to local homeowners.

Is it appropriate to bring children to events?

Our events are generally designed for parents, educators and other adult professionals. On occasion, a topic may be appropriate for college students and mature high school students. We ask that our attendees leave toddlers and children at home. If you need to bring a baby, please be considerate to those around you and be prepared to leave the event venue if necessary.

Are books available for purchase at the presentations?

We have partnered with Books Inc. to offer you books by our featured speakers at each event venue. Books Inc. will accept cash, checks and major credit cards.

Are audiotapes, videotapes or podcasts of the talks available?

Summaries of speakers’ presentations are often available after the events on our website. In some instances, speakers share materials that we distribute after the speakers’ events via our newsletter. We do not provide tapes or podcasts of Common Ground Speaker Series events. Audience members are prohibited from recording the events without the express written consent of our speakers.



The Common Ground Speaker Series presents distinguished speakers in education, parenting and health at venues across the San Francisco Peninsula. Parents, faculty and staff at our 43-member schools attend Common Ground events free of charge. Guests not affiliated with a member school may attend for a $20 fee at the door.

For further inquiries, contact us.

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Books by our speakers may be purchased from Books Inc. at each event venue. Alternatively, visit Books Inc.

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