Onboarding for Belonging and Connection: Building, Iterating, and Evolving Your School’s Process

May 08, 2024 2:30PM—5:30PM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (available until May 1) $300 members; $250 group-rate 3+; $500 non-members

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Independent school educators collaborating at a CATDC workshop.


When teachers are well-prepared, strategically mentored, and feel a sense of belonging, the opportunities for them to thrive and invest in their new working environments are high. Onboarding for Belonging and Connection will share tools and strategies that emphasize care and belonging, supporting new and returning participants in redesigning their onboarding processes to meet the unique needs of their school cultures and communities. Facilitators will share their journey of designing and iterating a meaningful and responsive onboarding experience for faculty and staff and will guide participants through a series of activities, discussions, and a design process. 

Participants will: 

  • Identify the pivotal role relationships, belonging, and purpose serve for thriving school cultures
  • Examine a relational program for supporting new faculty and staff as a vital component of school culture
  • Reflect on the connection between one's experience, identity, and purpose for education

Additionally, participants will walk away with practical tips, tools, and strategies to support building or innovating their schools’ onboarding processes, as well as a digital toolkit full of templates and activity examples.


This workshop is open to all educators, particularly those connected to the recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and mentoring of teachers, administrators, and staff. New and past participants will be supported throughout the workshop in unique ways to meet the needs of where their schools are in building and iterating the onboarding process.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!


Angie Adams, CATDC Facilitator

Angie Adams serves as the Director of Equity and Inclusion and teaches AP Calculus AB at Vistamar School. Angie was born in Philadelphia, PA, and is an experienced educator and diversity practitioner teaching at public, charter, and most of her career in independent schools. She credits much of her self-love, critical thinking, and deep commitment to joy, equity, and justice to her alma mater, Abington Friends School, where she later served as the Dean of Students and Girls Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach. Angie is driven to continuously create communities and belonging by infusing joy and empathy into every encounter. At Arcadia University, where she earned her B.A. in Mathematics Secondary Education, M.Ed in Special Education and started her pursuit of Ed.D in Educational Leadership, she was able to further cultivate those qualities and dive into social justice work, where she started to explore the social, emotional impacts for students of color at independent schools. She gets her love, strength and courage from being an African American and Puerto Rican woman who was raised by a family who equally valued these qualities in passing forward a better community. Outside of teaching and learning, she loves to coach and play basketball, and write poetry. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Regan Galvan

Regan Galvan serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning at Vistamar School. Before joining Vistamar, Regan has advised students and taught math, history, and choral music at both public and independent schools in Southern California for grades 6 - 12 since 2001. Regan is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and Teachers College at Columbia University. Regan has dabbled in professional work beyond her day job, including some writing, giving an occasional workshop, and co-creating a Womxn in Leadership Circle for Los Angeles independent school educators. A self-described nerd for pedagogy, Regan is curious about the intersection of student support and engaging pedagogy. Regan thinks a lot about active, student-centered learning and authentic, equitable assessment. While not nerding out about teaching and learning, Regan spends time at home, the beach, Costco, or the minivan with her three children and husband.


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. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.