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    CTA Professional Development Conferences

    The California Teachers Association offers statewide conferences designed to provide knowledge and skills for members as they go about the work of the Organization.  Over the years, CTA has been recognized for its excellent leadership and professional development training programs.  When you attend a CTA conference, you receive vital information and perspective from some of the best content experts and thought leaders in public education in the state that you can immediately apply to your role as an educator and local leader. 

    Urban Issues Conference

    Location: Rio All-Suite Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The Issues Conference provides an opportunity for educators from rural, urban, and ESP local areas, throughout the state, to learn, share, strategize and unite together to determine the future of public education. As members with diverse interests and multiple perspectives, don't miss this opportunity to reconnect with fellow educators, reenergize your skillset and help strategize solutions to confront the challenges we are facing together.

    Date: January 26-28, 2018 | Location: Rio All-Suite Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada | More Info

    Registration Deadline: January 3, 2018


    CTA’s New Educator Weekend is a new conference for CTA members. Participants will be educators in their first five years in the profession. The New Educator Weekend has everything that new educators need in their first years with sessions and electives concentrating on:

    • Classroom Management – Creating a productive and inspiring learning environment
    • Navigating IEP’s and Special Education Areas
    • What I wish I knew my first years of teaching
    • Working with colleagues, administration and parents
    • Common Core, State Standards, Assessments and Pedagogy
    • Teaching is a Career
    • Resources and Programs available to members

    Date: February 23-25, 2018 | Location: Marriot, SFO | More Info

    Registration Deadline: February 7, 2018

    CTA NEA Retired Issues Conference

    Location: Marriott Hotel, Torrance

    CTA/NEA-Retired and its members is a strong voice for education retirees in state and local policymaking. If you are retired or are considering retirement in the next few years, you will benefit from this conference. You will learn how to stay connected, be protected and enjoy great benefits.

    Date: March 1-2, 2018 | Location: Marriot, Torrance | More Info

    Registration Deadline: February 14, 2018

    Equity and Human Rights Conference

    Location: Marriott Hotel, Torrance


    This conference will capture the essence in CTA’s Mission Statement: to ensure that the dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected and to secure a more equitable and democratic society. 

    This unique conference offers dynamic speakers and more than 40 workshops to provide all CTA members with a greater understanding of the issues of diversity, equity and social justice.

    Main Conference Highlights

    Dinner and Entertainment – Friday Evening 
    The opening general session will begin after the group dinner and will feature opening remarks and a featured speaker. Take advantage of the opportunity to network with conference attendees and CTA officers. 

    Workshops of Interest – Saturday and Sunday 
    The Conference Planning Committee has arranged four workshop time slots, three on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. These workshops will cover topics of special interest in promoting diversity, social justice, reducing racism, addressing women’s issues and training on how to withstand attacks on public education. In all, you will be able to choose from nearly 40 workshops. 

    Human Rights Awards Luncheon – Saturday 
    The CTA Human Rights Awards are presented annually to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves in the advancement and protection of the human and civil rights of CTA members and students. 

    Student Entertainment – Sunday Brunch 
    Each year, the Sunday brunch features student entertainment from local area schools. Always a highlight of the conference, the students never fail to bring the attendees to their feet as the students perform in this showcase of talent.

    Date: March 2-4, 2018  | Location: Marriot, Torrance | More Info

    Registration Deadline: February 14, 2018


    Good Teaching Conference South

    Location: Hyatt, Garden Grove


    The CTA Good Teaching Conferences continue to support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers via peer-to-peer instruction. Offering a variety of diverse workshops focused on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field of education. Join us on Friday for two newly updated and timely pre-conferences. 

    Come and learn from experts in your field, share your ideas, expand your knowledge and network with your colleagues. Register now and join us at the Hyatt Regency Orange County for this exciting and informative professional development opportunity.

    • Choose from more than 80 sessions designed to support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers.
    • Topics cover Common Core, Classroom Management, Technology, Student Motivation, Musical Innovation, Fitness, ELL, Special Education and so much more.
    • Visit the vendor and exhibitor showcase for the latest in classroom materials, tools, technology and learning aids.


    Date: March 16-18, 2018 | Location: Hyatt, Garden Grove | More Info

    Registration Deadline: March 1, 2018



    The premiere workshop of its kind, the Summer Institute offers sessions in areas that assist chapter leaders in the day-to-day representation and support of members. Sessions include Communications, Instruction and Professional Development, Emerging Leaders, Essential Bargaining, Advanced Bargaining, School Finance, Community Engagement, Charter Educators, Tax Fairness, Legal and Member Benefits.

    Date: July 29 – August 2, 2018 | Location: UCLA Conference Center, Los Angeles


    Region III Leadership Conference

    Location: TBD

    The future of the California Teachers Association depends upon continuous identification and training of local leaders to survive the educational challenges facing California. In order to take full advantage of the weekend, we encourage chapter presidents to send teams of members to the Annual CTA Region III Leadership Conference.  We look forward to seeing you there!
    Highlights of Some Session Titles Include:
    • Avoiding Member Technology Troubles
    • Recent Legal Trends, Cases and Decisions Affecting Unions
    • The Role of Social Affairs and Association Programs in Increasing Management, Engagement and Political Activism Protecting Immigrant Students and Families
    • Eradicating the School to Prison Pipeline
    • Special Education Issues: Rights and Responsibilities
    • CalSTRS Retirement Check Up
    • Convince Me! Opinion in Oral Language Developmen

    Date: Sep. 21-23, 2018 | Location: TBD




    •  GLBT Issues Conference 

    CTA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Advisory Committee (GLBTIAC) is proud to present the annual CTA conference addressing issues involving GLBT educators, students and community. This conference is open to all CTA members and will serve as a forum to discuss a variety of subjects affecting the entire membership and California's youth. Participants will have a variety of workshops to choose from, organized into three strands addressing the needs of the CTA Membership, the Students and the Community.

    Date: Dec 7-9, 2018 | Location: Palm Springs