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Workshop: CATDC Leadership Fellows Program


Retreat Day 1

Date: October 20, 2017
Time: Begins at 11:30am
Where: Hotel Amarano Burbank (map)

Retreat Day 2

Date: October 21, 2017
Time: Ends at 11:30am
Where: Hotel Amarano Burbank (map)

Session 1

Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 8:30-3:00
Where: Wilshire Boulevard Temple (map)

Session 2

Date: January 26, 2018
Time: 8:30-3:00
Where: Wilshire Boulevard Temple (map)

Session 3

Date: April 20, 2018
Time: 8:30-3:00
Where: Wilshire Boulevard Temple (map)

Fee: $3400 Members; $5100 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. Guest speakers in the fields of advancement, finance, and facilities, HR, community relations: internal (including Board) and external, and managing relationships. 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. Head of School endorsement
  4. $500 deposit – Deposit is refunded if you are not admitted into the program, but is non-refundable if you are admitted
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, 2017.


For out-of-town participants needing overnight accommodations, the CATDC has secured a group rate at The Line Hotel for the nights prior to the Dec. 8Jan. 26, and April 20 sessions.  The Line Hotel is located 2 blocks from the workshop location.

Be sure to book at least 21 days in advance of each workshop for the group rate of $169/night for a single, or $189/night for a double.

3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Call 1-800-600-8435, mention California Teacher Development Collaborative when booking or book online using the following links:

** Note: Overnight accommodations and all meals are included in the program price for the retreat.



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 44 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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