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Workshop: CATDC Leadership Fellows Program


Retreat (Day 1)

Date: October 25, 2018
Time: Begins at 11:30am
Where: Hotel Amarano Burbank (map)

Retreat (Day 2)

Date: October 26, 2018
Time: Ends at 2:00pm
Where: Hotel Amarano Burbank (map)

Session 1

Date: December 7, 2018
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
Where: Marlborough School (map)

Session 2

Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
Where: Marlborough School (map)

Session 3

Date: April 12, 2019
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
Where: Marlborough School (map)

Fee: $3600 Members; $5400 Non-members (includes single room and all meals for overnight retreat)


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.

Program Goals:

  • 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!

Enrollment/Application Process:

This is a selective program and all applications will be reviewed to ensure that the cohort is balanced, diverse, and well-qualified. Application components:

  1. Application
  2. Resume – Submit with application or via email to
  3. $500 deposit – Deposit is refunded if you are not admitted into the program, but is non-refundable if you are admitted

Recommended Hotel:

The CATDC recommends The Orlando Hotel for our out-of-town participants. Call at least 31 days prior to dates to book and mention the CATDC for the group rate.
Rate is valid for the following nights: Dec. 6-7Feb. 7-8, and April 11-12. The hotel for the retreat (Oct. 25-26) is included in the program registration and arranged by the CATDC.


CATDC Group Rate – $207 + tax 
8384 W. 3rd Street,
Los Angeles, California 90048
Approx. 10 minute drive from the session location (2.7 miles)

Cancellation Policy:
* A $500 deposit is due with your application. If you are not accepted into the program, the deposit will be refunded in full. The deposit is non-refundable if you are accepted.
* The balance of the program fee is due upon acceptance to the program (in late August/September). No refunds are allowed after Sept. 15, 2018.


Reveta Bowers

Reveta Bowers

Reveta Franklin Bowers was both born and educated in Los Angeles, California. She was the Head of School at the Center for Early Education in Los Angeles, for 40 years. For the last fifteen summers, Reveta Bowers was engaged as the Lead Faculty Member at the NAIS Institute for New Heads and taught more than 700 NAIS Heads of School. Reveta has served and continues to serve on a number of boards.
Debbie Reed

Debbie Reed

Debbie Reed’s life’s work has been in schools and she brings a wealth of experience to the work of a consultant. During her forty years as an educator, she has worked in public and private schools, urban and suburban schools, parochial and nonsectarian schools, co-ed schools and single-sex schools. In June of 2014, Debbie retired as the Head of School at Polytechnic School, a K-12 coed independent school enrolling 860 students in Pasadena, California. During her 12 years at Polytechnic, the school celebrated its centennial, adopted and completed a master plan which resulted in the renovation and construction of the 14-acre campus and raised the funds necessary for this considerable project.
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