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.


Supporting Gender Diversity in Early Childhood Settings

In this workshop, participants will gather the understanding and tools needed to support gender diversity in early childhood settings. Janna Barkin will provide information about gender and gender identity, classroom best practices, resources, and insightful takeaways for educators who want to create a more inclusive and just world for children and all of us. Participants will learn why it is crucial to support gender diversity in early childhood settings and how doing so supports the mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being of young children.


Universal Design for Learning: Beyond the Basics

This dynamic, two-day Institute provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn more about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Neuroscientific research and our own lived experiences highlight the fact that we are all variable learners. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the foundational core concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), apply these concepts at their own sites, and set their own personal goals for deeper learning.



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.


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.


Empowering Women in Tech

Led by two seasoned leaders in the field of technology, engineering, and design within independent schools, our program aims to foster a supportive community for women* tech leaders as they navigate the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in their roles. Our facilitators will guide sessions to address the multifaceted aspects of the work and provide a platform for participants to share experiences, discuss dynamics, and offer mutual support. This program is open to both current and aspiring women-identified leaders in the field.


Leadership Fellows Program

This Fellowship for experienced educators from throughout California supports the unique demands of independent school leaders—the only program of its kind in the state! Facilitated by two Heads of School (one former and one current), the Leadership Fellows Program offers time for personal reflection on one’s leadership journey, practical knowledge and skill development specifically targeted to independent school leadership, as well as supportive professional connections. The program opens with a two-day retreat in Santa Barbara designed to allow the cohort to connect and reflect as well as engage in sessions designed to hone leadership capacities.

Earn Graduate Level Credits


CATDC is partnering with Courses4Teachers to offer University of the Pacific graduate-level professional development semester units/credits for your participation in CATDC programming!

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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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.