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.


Gender Sexuality Professional Alliance

This working group of LGBTQ+* professionals will provide a unique opportunity for educators to connect in a confidential, respectful, and relaxed atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to develop a network of LGBTQ+ educators which continues well beyond our three meetings. Each meeting will work within a framework of healing justice and provide time for participants to share stories, ask questions, celebrate successes and identify strategies to address any challenges or concerns presented.


Women and The Interview

An unfortunate number of highly qualified educators lose the chance at a job they seek because of underdeveloped interviewing skills. This in-person workshop facilitated by Catherine Hunter is designed to give you insight into the magic of an outstanding interview—often the opportunity to vault into a position for which you are not-quite-qualified! We cover the interview process thoroughly from scheduling the meeting to writing the thank you note.



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.


Puppet Power: Engaging PreK-2nd Graders in SEL and Identity Development

To cultivate a classroom of risk taking, empathetic listening, and playful learning, CATDC staff member Amanda Raynor uses puppets and stuffed animals to support student learning. The use of puppets as co-teachers, learning partners, and members of the classroom community presents the opportunity for critical thinking, deep questioning, and imagination. Along with building confidence in speaking about the various aspects of their identity, students are authentically making connections, noticing assumptions, and learning social emotional skills through low-stakes playful conversations.

Meeting the Needs of all Learners: Introduction to UDL

This introductory course is designed to teach educators about the core concepts and foundations of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and how to support flexible, inclusive instruction. We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning provides educators with a lens to identify and reduce barriers that limit learning. Join us to discuss how all learners can meet high expectations.


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.