CATDC Leadership Fellows Program
The job of an independent school administrator is complicated, demanding, and unique. Too often, school administrators feel isolated and alone as they confront the ever-changing challenges in their work. Even as they move beyond the early years of school leadership, school administrators need support, mentorship, and new knowledge to be effective and personally-fulfilled.
This year-long fellowship for experienced educators from Northern and Southern California supports the unique demands of independent school leaders – the only program of its kind in California! Facilitated by two experienced, long-time Heads of School, the Leadership Fellows Program offers practical knowledge and skills about independent school leadership, as well as professional and personal support. This program boasts a strong line-up of guest speakers in the fields of advancement, finance, facilities, HR, internal and external community relations, and board management. Past guest speakers have included current and former heads of school and board chairs, and the executive directors of CAIS and Independent School Alliance; for our upcoming program, each meeting will include an equally impressive list of experts that will share their knowledge and leadership journeys. Case studies, problem-based discussions, and relevant readings will challenge participants to reflect on their roles and encourage the development of their skills for their work in their current schools.
- To provide experienced K-12 administrators with the knowledge and skills important for senior level leadership
- To address topics unique to independent school administration, including topics of school governance/Board relations, development and institutional advancement, independent school branding and enrollment management, and school finance
- To develop and strengthen relationships and networks of support among school leaders
The CATDC Leadership Fellows program was an amazing opportunity to grow professionally by learning in-depth from leading experts on the field about such important topics as the qualities of effective leadership, board governance, school finance, enrollment management, and advancement. Any school administrator who is interested in taking on more leadership duties or who simply wishes to understand school life and management better would benefit immeasurably from this program.
-Daniel Gutierrez, Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Windward School
The CATDC Leadership Fellows Program was a fantastic PD opportunity to learn from experienced educators, both facilitators and peers alike. By participating in the cohort, I broadened my network of connections and support. I highly recommend the experience!
— Heather Rogers, Middle School Head, Prospect Sierra School
The CATDC Leadership Fellows program is a “must do” for educators who aspire to senior administrative positions. Through workshops led by accomplished school leaders, fellows learn the intricacies of being a school head. If you are thinking about assuming a leadership role, this program will get you ready.
– Terrence Barnum, Head of Athletics, Harvard-Westlake School
Note: Participants should be experienced school leaders with at least 5 years in independent school administrative roles. Leaders in academic (deans, division directors, curriculum leaders) and non-academic areas (admissions, development, communications, business office) in both Northern and Southern California are welcome!
This is a selective program and all applications will be reviewed to ensure that the cohort is balanced, diverse, and well-qualified. Application components:
- Resume – Submit with application or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- $500 deposit – Deposit is refunded if you are not admitted into the program, but is non-refundable if you are admitted