Established in 1999, Common Ground Speaks is a consortium of parent associations of independent schools in the Central/Northern New Jersey area. WE work in a collaborative effort to bring education, information and inspiration to our community.  

Our main goals are to

  • Sponsor free lectures and workshops by distinguished speakers and experts in the fields of parenting, child development, and education.
  • Exchange ideas and enrich our community.
  • Foster community among our independent school members, their parents, faculty, and administrators.

Some of our speakers are professionals with national recognition; others are local talents who are familiar with area needs and interests or experts in their field.


The MISSION of Common Ground Speaks is to exchange ideas, share resources, and host speakers and workshops that benefit and reflect the needs and concerns of parents, educators, and students, and foster community.


While the majority of Common Ground Speaks events are sponsored and funded by the contributions from our member schools, there are opportunities for financial partnership with foundations, corporations and community organizations to help broaden options for inviting various distinguished speakers.  If you would like to inquire or discuss potential partnerships with your organization, employer’s community development programs, or other group, we invite you to contact us.


What We've Achieved

Bringing quality quality speakers and events to our community for over 18 years.

Comprised of independent schools located in Northern and Central New Jersey.

Hosted over 40 events speaking to parents and educators  alike. 

Wait list only events.