Practical Approaches for Effective Coaching and Mentoring

Administrators at a CATDC workshop

Effective coaches and mentors utilize purposeful practices in their relationships and conversations. Join us in this two-part series to learn and apply best practices for engaging in meaningful and productive coaching and mentoring. Through small group discussion, individual reflection, scenario analysis, and role play, attendees will learn to better navigate the current reality and develop skills that increase impact and foster resilience and agency.

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Leading Instructional Rounds with Purpose and Precision

Independent school educators collaborating at a CATDC workshop.

Join an interactive teaching lab focused on instructional rounds, one of the most effective tools for fostering teacher growth and development. Instructional leaders Karen Pavliscak, Associate Head of School at Archer School for Girls, and Maggie Cenan, Math and Computer Science Department Chair, offer school leadership and teacher leaders a chance to learn about the theory and practice behind instructional rounds and their connection to schools’ instructional core.

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Doing “The Work”: Community, Connection, and Support for DEIB Practitioners

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Facilitated by members of The San Francisco Equity Leaders (SFEL), a cohort of DEI Directors from Bay Area independent schools and consultants, this ongoing program is intended for people who are doing DEIB work in official and “unofficial” roles. It is meant to provide participants with a safe and supportive community to reflect, share stories, and learn from each other.

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Sustainable Futures: A Series for Teachers on Integrating Outdoor Education, Place-Based Learning, and Environmental Justice

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Sustainable Futures is a year-long professional development series that equips Grades 3-12 teachers from various disciplines with the tools and strategies necessary to integrate outdoor education, place-based learning, and environmental justice into their curricula. This series is structured around five in-person sessions and two virtual check-ins, designed to foster collaborative learning and practical application in classroom settings.

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

Independent school educators collaborating at a CATDC workshop.

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.

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Emerging Leaders (Northern California)

This ongoing program will provide new leaders and educators growing into leadership roles with the tools and strategies to lead more successfully. With a focus on fostering our own personal growth as well as furthering our responsibility for the growth and development of others, participants will identify and hone the skills and habits of effective leaders, including locating one’s authentic leadership style, leveraging position within an institution, fostering high functioning teams, making informed decisions, navigating change and conflict, and creating and maintaining inclusive school environments in predominantly white institutions.

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Leadership Fellows Program

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This year-long fellowship for experienced educators from throughout California supports the unique demands of independent school leaders—the only program of its kind in California!

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Anti-Racist White Affinity Group

This two-day, in-person program will center collective dialogue, offering White educators the opportunity to reflect on and process how they are experiencing—emotionally and somatically—this rise in global, national, and local conflict. Participants will also consider the ways that white supremacy culture prevents us from breaking our silence and stepping into conflict with curiosity and humility. Participants will learn from one another through collective wisdom and will gain concrete strategies and frameworks to support their work moving forward.

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Universal Design for Learning: Beyond the Basics

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Over the course of the two days, we will explore practical applications of UDL to lesson design and how to leverage the UDL guidelines to design for access and learner agency. Participants will also have the choice to work independently or in small teams to apply their understanding of UDL and the UDL design process in order to identify and reduce barriers that limit learning. Join us to discover more about how we can use this powerful lens to design flexible, inclusive, and equitable learning experiences for all.

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Cultivating Trust and Collaboration: A Roadmap for Senior Leadership Teams

Independent school educators collaborating at a CATDC workshop.

The retreat is specifically designed for senior leadership teams. Through theory and practice, group activities, and facilitated discussions, participants will explore practical strategies for building stronger connections, enhancing collaboration, and creating a culture of trust and accountability within the team. The retreat will also provide effective practices for decision-making as well as vision and goal setting for the school year.

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Women + Leadership (Northern California)

Join the California Teacher Development Collaborative for our annual Women + Leadership Conference! This powerful event brings together women educators from schools throughout the region to celebrate our journeys and strengthen our individual and collective impact.

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Gender Sexuality Professional Alliance

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This working group of LGBTQ+* professionals will provide a unique opportunity for educators to connect in a confidential, respectful, and relaxed atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to develop a network of LGBTQ+ educators which continues well beyond our four meetings.

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