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The goal of the Department Chairs Program is to provide the opportunity for exploring the multilayered challenges of this unique position.

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This program includes six sessions that will take place online via Zoom.

The role of the department chair is often one of the most complex in a school. The chair must negotiate the responsibilities of leadership within the department as a teaching colleague while at the same time work with the administrative team in addressing the larger issues of the entire school. The goal of the Department Chairs Program is to provide the opportunity for exploring the multilayered challenges of this unique position and to support its participants in becoming more effective and satisfied in their work.

With the help of readings, activities, and group work, participants will learn new skills and processes, support each other around challenges they face, and establish a strong “leadership learning community” amongst themselves. Through six Zoom-based sessions, the program explores educational leadership and what it means to lead as a teacher while advancing the professional and departmental goals they have identified.

Some of the specific topics and issues we will explore are:

  • Forging a common and compelling vision/direction amongst independent-minded colleagues
  • Meeting design and facilitation
  • Building professional community so that teachers can discuss their practice, learn together, and support one another’s growth – including the use of structured protocols to share our teaching practice and student work
  • Leading and managing change over time.

Central questions we will explore are:

  • How can I support my department through uncertainty and unpredictability? How does my leadership need to shift in a virtual learning and blended-learning environment?
  • How can I support the design and facilitation of key department work?
  • How can I support my department to collaborate and develop as a professional learning community?
  • How can I help the department contribute to the development of the school as a whole?


This workshop is intended for department chairs at a California independent school.


Session 1: October 28 from 2-4pm

Session 2: November 4 from 2-4pm

Session 3: January 13 from 2-4pm

Session 4: January 27 from 2-4pm

Session 5: March 10 from 2-4pm

Session 6: March 24 from 2-4pm


This workshop series will be held online via Zoom and may be recorded for CATDC's archives. By registering for this event you are consenting to be recorded and photographed by CATDC.


For our Ongoing Programs, refunds are available up to 14 days before the session. Please contact us directly or make the request within Eventbrite.

Registration may be transferred to a different person up to 7 days before a session. However refunds will not be given, and a session missed for any reason will not be refunded.

Please contact us by email as soon as you know you cannot attend a workshop and cannot transfer registration. This will allow us time to contact our waitlist and hopefully fill your spot.

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