FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Program Questions

Is breakfast or lunch included in the workshop/program fee? What if I have special dietary needs?

 
Programs that begin at or before 9:30 am include a light breakfast. Lunch is included in all day-long programs, and those that start in the morning and end after 1:00 pm.

Each workshop has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. If you have dietary needs beyond this, please reach out to us at least seven days before a school-year program or 30 days prior to summer programs, and we will do our best to accommodate you. If it is within the seven day/30 day time period, we still encourage you to reach out to us, but our ability to accommodate you will be more limited.
 

The program I’m participating in includes an overnight retreat. Do I have to make my own hotel reservations? What about meals during the retreat?

 
For programs that include an overnight retreat (Women Rising, Leadership Fellows), the program fee includes overnight accommodations in a single room and all of your meals during the retreat. You do not need to make your own reservations.
 

I am coming from out of town. Where should I stay?

 
Feel free to email us with questions about travel and accommodations.

Membership Questions

What are the benefits of being a member school? How can my school become a member?

 
See our Membership page.
 

Who are your current members?

Over 110 schools throughout California are members of the CATDC! You can learn more about who they are here!
 

Who is eligible to join?

 
For full membership in the CATDC, a school must be a 501(c)(3) organization and must comply with the Code of Ethics established by the California Association of Independent Schools.

Enrollment Questions

If I can only attend a portion of a program, do you offer a prorated enrollment fee?

 
All of our program fees are set based on the program in its entirety. If you cannot attend the entire program, the fee remains the same.
 

How early do I need to register for a program? And, is there a cut-off date at which point no additional registrations will be accepted?

 
We encourage you to enroll early in our programs, as they do fill. Once a program has reached its enrollment capacity, we do not accept additional registrations. We do have a waitlist for each fully-enrolled program. For not-fully-enrolled programs, registration ends approximately seven days before the program begins.
 

The program that I want to enroll in is full! What can I do?

 
There is a waitlist option for fully-enrolled programs. Please add your name and email to the waitlist. If a spot opens up, we will reach out to those on the waitlist, giving priority to those who sign up first. If you are offered a spot from a waitlist, you will have 24 hours to enroll before the spot is offered to someone else.
 

Can I save a spot in a workshop while I apply for approval from my school’s professional development committee?

 
Given the limited space in our workshops, we cannot hold spots for participants who do not yet have approval from their schools to attend. We encourage you to approach your supervisor or the appropriate committee at your school early.
 

I have to secure funding from my school before paying for registration. How do I secure my spot in a workshop and pay later?

 
We understand that each of our member schools has its own process for allocating professional growth funds. We are able to invoice your school’s business office or your supervisor for your registration, allowing you to register immediately. This is only available once you have received official approval to attend the program and the school has committed to funding it. Please contact us to explore the options that may be available.
 

What is your cancellation or refund policy?

 
Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. This is why we always allow you to transfer your spot to a colleague or friend, even up to the morning of a workshop. Below we have outlined our cancellation and refund policy, which we have in place to ensure the most accurate numbers when we secure well in advance locations, catering, and facilitators. Thanks for understanding.

For our ongoing programs or one-day intensives, refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 22 days before the scheduled starting date. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations made 21 days or less prior to the first day of a workshop. For our summer institutes, refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 30 days before the scheduled starting date. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations made 29 days or less prior to the first day of a summer institute.
Please contact us by email as soon as you know you cannot attend a workshop. This will allow us time to contact our waitlist and hopefully fill your spot.
 

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

 
We believe that professional learning is most impactful when it aligns with a school-wide approach to growth and development. Therefore, our model is consortium based - we offer member rates and priority enrollment to educators from schools that are members of our consortium. If you are at a member school, we encourage you to seek financial support from your school. If you are outside of our consortium of member schools, please contact us if you need financial assistance.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. This is why we always allow you to transfer your spot to a colleague or friend. Below we have outlined our cancellation and refund policy, which we have in place to ensure the most accurate numbers when we secure well in advance locations, catering, and facilitators. Thank you for understanding.

For our ongoing programs or one-day intensives, refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 22 days before the scheduled starting date. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations made 21 days or less prior to the first day of a workshop. A missed session that is part of an ongoing program is non-refundable and non-transferrable. For our summer institutes refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 30 days before the scheduled starting date. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations made 29 days or less prior to the first day of a summer institute.

Please contact us by email as soon as you know you cannot attend a workshop. This will allow us time to contact our waitlist and hopefully fill your spot.

Workshop Proposals

If I have an idea for a workshop, who can I contact?

 
We are always looking for program ideas, facilitator suggestions, and topics that are of interest to our schools! If you have an idea for an upcoming program, please email Eryn (Southern California) or Lisa (Northern California).
 

If I want to facilitate a workshop of lead an ongoing group, what should I do?

 
Please complete our Workshop Proposal Form.

Other Questions

How can I bring a CATDC facilitator to my school for a school-based program?

 
Many of our facilitators work with schools for school-based learning opportunities. Contact us for more information.
 

Do you work with schools to help plan an in service or other school PD day?

 
Yes! Contact us so that we can discuss your goals and needs.