February 9, 2016, Issue #8
Upcoming Workshops!
March 3

Location: Chandler School

Facilitator: Kate Moore

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March 18


Location: Marlborough School

Facilitator: Alison Park

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April 14
Location: Campbell Hall
What is the CATDC?


The California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC), is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional growth opportunities for teachers and administrators from independent schools. Its member schools represent the diverse range of small and large elementary, middle, and high schools from all over the greater San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas.

What is the mission of the organization?

The aim of the CATDC is to: 1) Promote enriching professional development opportunities.

2) Support collegiality and cooperation among teachers and schools.

3) Inspire teachers to become educational leaders.

I thought you were called the BATDC?

The BATDC started in the San Francisco Bay Area in the year 2000, and has since grown to include a network of over sixty independent schools in the region. In 2012, a group of LA area heads of school asked if the BATDC could replicate its proven model by launching a branch of its operations in Southern California. Now, following the completion of the two-year pilot program, and with a thriving group of over thirty member schools in Southern California, we have changed our name to the "California Teacher Development Collaborative."

How can I take part in the CATDC's offerings?

1) If your school isn't already a member, encourage them to join here

2) Register for our upcoming events, and keep an eye out for our spring schedule of workshops.

3) Get in touch and let us know what kind of professional development opportunities you're looking for.

4) Let us help you leverage the power of the network by connecting you with colleagues from other schools. 

5) Join our mailing list to stay up to date on all our future workshops and events.

A Message from the Executive Director,
Janet McGarvey
In this issue of  The CATDC Buzz we highlight some moments from last month's annual Women in Leadership conference, which took place both in San Francisco and Los Angeles. We also feature an article by Andrew Davis about keeping organized (my desk is hopeless, Andrew. Can we talk?) and a lovely reminder about acknowledgments from Lori Cohen. The topic of mentoring has been cropping up in these and other conversations recently, and we hope you will be inspired to mentor others, while remembering how much you benefitted from those who mentored you. I know my gratitude list is long!

Acknowledging Our Mentors
By Lori Cohen, The Bay School of San Francisco
I recently began reading the Acknowledgments sections at the end of novels. I used to finish a book, close it upon completing the final chapter, and file it away on the bookshelf.
Perhaps I am arriving late in the game of reading Acknowledgments; perhaps most of you have always read acknowledgments and are wondering why it took me so long to get there (no worries, feel free to judge). Regardless, I'm glad I finally took the time to do so.
So many people help with the creation of a book, whether fiction, nonfiction, or textbooks. And I find myself inspired by the tributes authors compose to the unseen eyes and unheard voices who helped these authors generate their work. I have even found myself crying on occasion because of how much love and tenderness writers extend to their editors, friends, partners, children, and even pets. Sometimes authors acknowledge one or two people, and other times the lists are exhaustive. It's powerful stuff. Read more...
Reflecting on Women in Leadership 2016 
By Tracy Gallagher, CATDC
An annual favorite of the CATDC is our Women in Leadership Conference. This year we hosted two events, one in the Bay Area and the other in Los Angeles. Every year our goal is to bring women educators together to explore the avenues of leadership available to them. This year our theme was invention and reinvention and we asked attendees to consider where they were in their invention/reinvention journey and what might their invention/reinvention look like.
Our day began with small group discussions that concluded with each group sharing one goal that they wanted to own. During this time of sharing and listening attendees had the chance to share similar challenges and goals they experience. One attendee shared that their role as a leader can sometimes be isolating and days like the Women in Leadership Conference helped them feel like they were amongst educators who understood and valued the challenges that being a leader presents. Similar to this feeling of shared experience and community, we reiterated the importance of supporting each other and offering encouragement through career advancements.   Read more...
The Only Five Things to Have on Your Desk
By Andrew Davis,  Crystal Springs Uplands School
School is filled with distraction. On a recent walk from my office to a classroom I talked with a faculty member about a photo shoot, a parent about an upcoming meeting, and three students about their Ping-Pong addiction--all of this while scanning my lesson plan. While life outside of the office can be distracting, school exists outside of the office. For that reason, I do my best to make my office--and my desk in particular--a place of efficiency. Sit down, get work done, and get back out to school, where the real work is to be done. An efficient, effective desk only needs five things on it.

1. Inbox & Outbox
I used to think that these two boxes were vestiges of Don Draper's day, but thanks to  Getting Things Done  and David Allen I am now a huge convert. Every piece of paper that comes into my office lands in the inbox. Ideally daily (more often weekly) the inbox gets emptied with all the papers going to their appropriate homes. In a fifteen minute inbox purge I will add items to my to-do lists, file them away, or, my favorite, recycle them. When cranking away at my desk, all things that need to go to other people get added to my outbox, taken with me when I leave the office. Read more...