Community Conversation: Supporting the Learning and Well-Being of our Teachers (CATDC Online)

May 20, 2020 3:00PM—4:00PM





CATDC was founded 20 years ago on the principle that the best way to improve teaching and learning was to bring educators together to learn with and from each other. The demands on teachers during this global pandemic have been greater than ever, and it has been inspiring to witness their individual and collective efforts to respond quickly, creatively, and empathetically.  With plans for summer professional development and rejuvenation cancelled or up in the air,  and, under any circumstances, “back to school” being anything but back to business as usual, what kind of learning experiences can leaders create to meet teachers’ most pressing needs? 

Join CATDC Executive Director Lisa Haney and University High School Assistant Dean for Professional Growth, Shoba Farrell, for a conversation to explore how we can best support teachers’ learning and emotional well-being. The facilitators will bring a few ideas to share, and you are encouraged to do the same.

This conversation is designed for those who are charged with supporting the professional development of teachers at their sites. All Community Conversations are open to CATDC Member Schools.



Shoba Farrell is the Assistant Dean for Professional Growth at San Francisco University High School. She teaches math and coaches teachers on their teaching practice, academic and social-emotional support of students. She also serves on the board of two San Francisco non-profits. Shoba lives in San Francisco with her spouse, who is also an educator, and their two children.


Lisa Haney has served as the Executive Director of the California Teacher Development Collaborative since 2017. Prior to her current position, she worked for 25-years at the Athenian School in many roles, including English teacher, international program director, and humanities department chair. In her most recent capacity as dean of faculty development, Lisa spearheaded a process to develop Athenian’s Standards of Excellent Teaching and design a comprehensive new professional development and evaluation program.