Partnering with Teachers: Working Inside a School and Outside the Classroom

Oct 24, 2024 9:00AM—Apr 03, 2025 2:00PM


The Carey School

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until September 30) $2,435 members; $2,055 group-rate 3+; $3,805 non-members

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Partnering with Teachers: Working Inside a School and Outside the Classroom

SESSION 1: October 24, 2024 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | The Carey School

SESSION 2: November 14, 2024 | 9:00am - 10:30am | Virtual

SESSION 3: January 30, 2025 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | The Carey School

SESSION 4: March 6, 2025 | 9:00am - 10:30am | Virtual

SESSION 5: April 3, 2025 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | The Carey School


This 5-session series focuses on the unique role and responsibilities of educators who support teachers directly while maintaining a non-supervisory or evaluative role. These professionals inside schools—curriculum coordinators, learning specialists, instructional coaches, and others—who inhabit the space between classroom teachers and administrators often work within this context and without the power to change the overarching systems. Through the lenses of adult learning and authentic relationships, participants will engage in activities and conversations designed to define, hone and reflect on their distinct position within their school. Sessions are designed to help participants think critically about their role in a supportive space with colleagues doing similar work.

Participants will:

  • Articulate and share how they support teachers to reach students more effectively
  • Understand the distinct attributes of adult learning and how to leverage that to support and inspire teacher growth within your school
  • Develop a collection of practical strategies and tools for planning and implementing adult-facing initiatives 
  • Reflect on and practice using multiple methods of delivering and receiving feedback
  • Build community and network with colleagues facing similarly unique opportunities and challenges


This program is designed for educators who work with and mentor teachers in supporting roles such as instructional coach, curriculum coordinator, SST coordinator, school counselor, learning services coordinator, learning specialist, and EdTech coordinator.


Sarah Shields, CATDC Facilitator

Sarah Shields, Curriculum Coordinator at The Carey School in San Mateo, brings over 20 years of education experience to her role. She taught for 13 years at Marin Country Day School, and prior to that she taught for 5 years at independent schools in the Boston Area. More recently, Sarah has held leadership positions such as Faculty Coach and Leader of the Assistant Teacher Program at The Hamlin School and served as a Graduate Student Supervisor at BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute). Sarah's knowledge of curriculum development, coaching, and program design reflects her dedication to empowering students and educators alike. Sarah is excited to facilitate this workshop with Rebecca whom she met at a CATDC workshop 10 years ago! Since that time (at an early Women & Leadership conference) Sarah has been lucky to benefit from Rebecca’s deep empathy, compassion and knowledge on her professional journey!

Rebecca Shapiro, CATDC Facilitator

Rebecca Shapiro is an experienced educator and lifelong learner who believes in the power of schools to transform lives and society. After discovering her passion for teaching while working at Northfield Mount Hermon, Rebecca spent nearly 20 years as a full-time History Teacher and over a decade serving as Department Chair at The Urban School of San Francisco. In 2022, Rebecca shifted to her current position as Upper School Instructional Coach at Head-Royce School in order to focus more deeply on shaping a culture of teaching and learning by working directly with individual teachers, teaching teams, and the entire adult community. Dedicated to increasing equity in independent schools and deeply committed to the belief that teachers need more care and support, Rebecca is thrilled to build community with colleagues from multiple schools. She is excited to facilitate this program with Sarah who has been a source of wisdom, counsel, and empathy since they met through CATDC in 2014.


CATDC partners with member schools to host our in-person programs, providing educators the opportunity to learn with peers in diverse settings. We are thrilled to partner with The Carey School on this ongoing program, welcoming the larger independent school community to meet on their campus throughout the school year.

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.