4 Must-Read Books for the Beginning of the School Year

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain This book by Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction and is appropriate for all teachers at any experience level who strive to make their classrooms a safe and rigorous place for all their students. In…

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“Make Box Brownies”: A Summer Pilgrimage

For educators, summer means many things: catching up on all the TV and books one missed during the school year; taking vacations; sleeping in; engaging in enriching and rejuvenating professional development. In addition to preparing for CATDC’s Teaching Foundations program, I’m participating in an activity my coach and I call a “summer pilgrimage.” Sometimes good…

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Summer School: Gearing Up for Teaching Foundations 2017

We’re well into the 21st Century, and the buzzwords of a new era are part of our daily lexicon now: project-based learning, design thinking, differentiation, personalization. And as the culture of learning has changed in this century, so has the definition of teacher. Whereas once upon a very long time ago, it was okay (I’m…

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The Learning Continues

At the end of my final faculty meeting as Dean of Faculty Development at The Athenian School, I invited everyone to turn and talk to their neighbors about their plans for summer learning: not the assigned educational articles that I had sent out that morning along with the agenda, but their own chosen reading and…

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It’s Okay to Let Go

Gaps, detours and time away from our career path is not necessarily encouraged or acknowledged as a valuable use of time in our independent schools, especially if we aspire to be leaders, and so, against our better judgement we allow our fears and the chatter of others to persuade us to stay even when in…

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Leading with Love: Lessons Learned from My First Year in Administration

First years at anything are hard. Kindergartners learn how to do school for the first time; middle and high schoolers learn how to navigate change not only in academics and moving from self-contained classrooms to several new courses/teachers, but also in social groups and the physical signs of adolescence; college freshmen are learning to live…

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Creating a Growth Mindset In and Out of the Classroom

We want our students to achieve growth, both in and out of the classroom. And we know that simple shifts and practice can have a profound impact on both their work and behavior. Building on Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset and Carol Thomlinson’s Differentiated Instruction, we can design a roadmap for students to meet…

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How to Add Movement to Your Lessons

“If you feel thirsty, your students are probably dehydrated.” I learned this statement in college while training to become a backpacking leader for freshman orientation trips. We, as senior trip leaders, were tasked with keeping tabs on the needs of our groups by measuring our own energy levels and then imagining a (potentially) amplified version…

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How to Start Your Own Women’s Leadership Circle

Professional Development is akin to a triple lattè for passionate educators. Taking a day to attend a workshop to learn a new skill, get inspired and connect with other passionate educators is energizing and satisfying. I typically leave the day feeling a little lighter, reinvigorated to do my job, inspired by reflecting on best practices…

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Leaders of Change: Profiles from BATTI’s New Leadership Program

In 2015, BATTI launched an innovative new Educational Leadership program, designed to support Bay Area educators who were ready to move into a leadership role. The two-year program allows aspiring school heads, principals, division heads, administrators and teacher-leaders to gain a Master’s Degree tailored to their unique goals and to support their current work at…

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Q & A with CATDC facilitator Stella Beale

Stella Beale has participated in CATDC workshops since 2007, and presently co-facilitates our Department Chairs Program in Los Angeles. We share her experience to show our gratitude for her continued engagement, and growing passion for professional development. When did you first get involved with the CATDC? I am pretty sure my first experience with the…

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Letter from Lisa Haney, Incoming Executive Director

Dear CATDC Community, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year, and to express my great excitement about taking over as the next Executive Director of the California Teacher Development Collaborative come July 1, 2017. I look forward to leading and growing the organization, building upon the great work…

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Permission to Pause

There is a fine balance between the traditions that we wish to keep in our independent schools and the push of innovation that encourages us to seek new heights. New technologies, methodologies of teaching, and fierce competition from other educational establishments urge us to ever more rapid pacing to accomplish our goal—to do more with…

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