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.


Facilitating Productive Discourse in the Era of Elections and Divisive Issues

When crises and polarizing political issues emerge in our world, teachers are often expected to facilitate dialogue with their students about complex, controversial topics. This program is designed to give all educators tools to create an inclusive classroom that fosters thoughtful, deliberative dialogue around the pressing cultural and political issues facing our world, with a focus on the coming U.S. elections. Educators are encouraged to attend in teams to help create a more cohesive school-wide approach for engaging in conversations around contested issues.

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.


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.


Leveling Up Our AI Practice

This session is designed for educators who are already using AI in their practice and are looking to develop more advanced skills. Our main focus will be on practicing prompting and training that more deeply personalizes AI to our needs. Through strategic, detailed prompting and providing AI with a knowledge base of resources that we curate, we can teach AI to behave in more specific ways and provide more helpful and reliable responses.


Earn Graudate 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.