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.


Equitable Hiring Practices in Independent Schools

In this virtual intensive, participants will review policies, California and Federal laws, and statutes to ensure adherence to search and hiring procedures. Using data, research, best practices, and case studies, participants will learn equitable hiring practices for hiring committees with alignment to the CAIS Strategic Plan (2023 - 2027) Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging Principles. Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop their campus search and hiring plans with each other with support from facilitators.

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.


Unlocking Joy at Work: The Power of Your Personal Values

Staying connected to your values and remaining inspired can be challenging given the daily stressors of working in a school. In this special workshop for CATDC, Mission Minded Founding Partner & Leadership Coach Jennie Winton will lead you through a series of exercises and conversations to help you tap into what you truly value to improve both your well-being and impact. When you’re more connected and joyful at work, everyone around you benefits, too. This program is intended for educators, administrators and school leaders of all experience levels ready for greater well-being and impact.

Supporting Neurodivergence in Early Childhood Education

This day-long workshop for early childhood educators will explore how to support neurodivergent learners through sensory regulation, classroom design, and motor development. The brain's readiness for learning is greatly impacted by the environment in which the learning takes place. When the brain becomes overstimulated, it may quickly become dysregulated. In a child, dysregulation often leads to many "challenging" behaviors. Oftentimes, by shifting our focus away from the behavior and instead looking for possible environmental triggers, we find ways to more intentionally set up our learning spaces for student success.

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.