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?
Currently, while Common Ground Speaker Series events are virtual, events are open to all families, faculty and staff of our member schools who 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 invited to attend free of charge. Guests from non-member schools and the general community are welcome to register and attend virtual live stream events for a non-refundable $20 fee.
When will Common Ground be holding its events in person?
Until the time that San Mateo and Santa Clara counties allow for large in-person gatherings, our speaker events will remain online only. We look forward to holding in-person events as soon as public health conditions allow. Common Ground will welcome the public to join our members at speaker events at that time.
How long do most events last?
Most events are 60-90 minutes. They include 60-75 minutes of formal remarks by our speakers, followed by a short Q&A period.
Is it appropriate to have children attend online 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.
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. Books Inc. accepts and fulfills online orders by 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 in 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.