Early Career and Aspiring
Technology Directors Institute 


Applications for the 2021 Cohort Now Being Accepted
Rolling Admission for Limited Spaces 

ECATD Summer Residential Program


Professional Development

Premiere PD for Early Career Professionals  

ECATD Fellow with BadgesExperience a year-long cohort of professional growth designed to prepare individuals to direct technology programs at independent schools. During this year-long institute, participants will

  • Build technology leadership skills using an intentional, differentiated curriculum;

  • Learn the many roles technology plays in leading an independent school;

  • Engage with mentors drawn from practicing technology directors and former technology directors at the forefront of their profession;

  • Build a network of amazing colleagues;

  • Meet face-to-face for a 4-day Summer Residential Program;

  • Create a portfolio of monthly assignments and earn badges in an online learning environment;

  • Attend the ATLIS annual conference (optional) at a discounted rate;

  • Learn best practices about the many ways technology intersects with leadership and support for the mission of an independent school.

ECATD 2020 Summer Residential Program
“As my mentor stated, ‘Being in the ECATD program, especially the summer residency, is like drinking from a fire hose and being really upset you missed some drops.’ I intend to miss as few drops as possible.” -- Fellow, 2020 Cohort 

“I’m excited to take a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of information and education technology at my school.” -- Fellow, 2019 Cohort 

“I am buzzing on all I learned. It was a wonderful experience!” -- Fellow, 2018 Cohort 

“The faculty is AMAZING! What an awesome group of people in terms of talent, knowledge, willingness to share, and meeting everyone where they are.” -- Fellow, 2017 Cohort 

Apply if you...

  • Have led IT or edtech technology at an independent school OR have contributed to the technology team and are interested in professional growth and advancement;

  • Have secured the support of your Head of School and current supervisor (including financial support);

  • Can commit to completing all the components of the program, including attending face-to-face sessions.

ECATD FellowProgram Details

Mentor Assignments, Connect with Previous Graduates!
ATLIS Annual Conference April 5-8, 2020 in Chicago
(recommended, cohort members receive a $100 discount on registration.)

3-Hour Live Online Seminar Orientation & Introduction
May 12, 2020, 1-4 pm Eastern (mandatory)

4-Day Summer Residential Program
The Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas

June 16-19, 2020 (mandatory)

Monthly Online Assignments, Mentor Connections, and Cohort Meet-Ups
July 2020 - March 2021 (mandatory)

  • Designing Faculty & Staff Professional Development

  • Building Relationships with the Admin Team

  • Managing Your Tech Budget

  • Mapping Your Network

  • Creating Content for Your PLN & Beyond

  • HR and Hiring Practices

  • Project Management

Recognition at our annual awards luncheon!
ATLIS Annual Conference April 25-28, 2021, in Seattle

(recommended, cohort members receive a $100 discount on conference registration)


$2075 ATLIS members

$2675 others

Tuition includes all programming and course materials, as well as lodging and most meals during the Summer Residential Program at Hockaday. Travel to Summer Residential Program not included; registration, travel, and lodging for ATLIS conferences not included.

ECATD Fellows at Summer Residential ProgramComplete Instructions for Applying

First, complete this application, and follow up with an email to include materials listed below -- send this to Susan Davis at [email protected]

1.  A current copy of your resume.
2.  A letter of support from your current Head of School or Direct Supervisor confirming the school's commitment to your participation (including time commitments and financial support).
3.  A letter of recommendation from a peer or colleague (may be your HOS or Current Supervisor, combined with the letter of support above) who knows your work well. 

Once these materials have been received, you will be contacted to scheduled an interview regarding your candidacy.  Acceptances are made on a rolling basis until the cohort is filled.

Contact  Susan Davis ([email protected]) for more information.