Learn, Grow, and Make Change in Community


CATDC creates transformative learning experiences with educators, supporting dynamic collaborations that center equity, spark innovation, and foster impactful teaching and leadership.


Our vision is to be the most inspiring and empowering source of connection, collaboration, and learning for California independent school educators, meeting them where they are and taking them to the next step of their professional journeys in order to better serve students in a changing world.


Healing in Community: The Power of Somatic Practices to Transform Harm and Reclaim Joy

As teachers, we often push aside our pain as we strive to survive and support students. We know there is power and healing in sharing both our pain and resilience in community, as none of us heals in isolation. This workshop will employ somatic practices to unearth the hurt and burden that we carry. Using meditation, reflection and working with clay, we’ll move through that hurt and release it.


Refresh & Renew: Classroom Strategies to Energize Your Practice

Join us for a unique opportunity to refresh and renew your classroom practices with Damaris Saenz, Middle School English Department Chair at Harvard-Westlake. This 4-session program will focus on topics that offer opportunities to reflect on current strategies, engage in new practices, and cultivate a supportive learning community.This program is relevant to educators, with a focus on classroom teachers, at all levels and experiences.



At CATDC, we believe that every young person and adult in our schools should be supported to thrive. Advancing equity is a core value and a strategic priority. This means that CATDC serves as a resource for educators and schools in the ongoing work of disrupting systems, practices, and policies that prevent full participation of underrepresented and underserved groups. We work in collaboration with the CATDC community to create more just and equitable schools.


Equitable Assessment Practices in K-12 Math Classrooms

In this one-day workshop at Pilgrim School in Los Angeles, PK-12 educators will deepen their understanding of the purpose and function of assessment of- and for- learning. Participants will analyze their current assessment structures to ensure equity and access are at the forefront.

Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Student Athletes

In this interactive, engaging, conversational, and very informative workshop, we will examine the current state of athletics and the policies that affect trans and non-binary athletes, review gender identities and inclusive language, and brainstorm ways to make athletic programs and institutions more equitable for all genders. This workshop will discuss athletes of all ages and in various athletic settings.

Personalized Coaching that Meets Your Needs and Fits Your Schedule


CATDC coaches help educators identify areas for growth, set achievable goals, and transform their practice.

Pillars of Learning



Whether you are a classroom teacher, an aspiring leader, or an experienced administrator, our programs provide you with the opportunity to develop key skills and habits of mind to lead effective teams in positive, impactful ways.



With a focus on fostering joyous, safe, healthy, and supportive school communities, these programs provide tools and strategies to support the emotional well-being of students and adults.



Informed by the latest educational research, our programs provide opportunities to improve classroom practices and design coursework that will lead to more engaging and meaningful learning experiences for your students.



To ensure all students and school stakeholders have the opportunity to learn and thrive in our schools, we offer equity-centered programs that will increase your capacity to create responsive classrooms, inclusive curricula, affinity spaces, and school communities that are supportive of everyone.


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Collaborative, interactive, ongoing development for education professionals

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Workshop discounts and member only online offerings

The California Teacher Development Collaborative does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity expression, race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.