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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. 

    CTA/NEA-Retired devotes 100% of its time and resources to serving the combined interests of retired teachers, educators, college and university professors, and education support professionals. In conjunction with CTA and NEA, our organization maintains a constant watch on federal legislation that may affect retirement benefits. This includes working to repeal the unfair Social Security Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), opposing efforts to privatize Social Security and working to strengthen Medicare.

    Please join us for our 15th Annual Retired Issues Conference! Whether you are retired or considering retirement in the next several years, you will benefit by attending.

    Registration deadline: February 6, 2019


    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 30 workshops to provide all CTA members with a greater understanding of the issues of diversity, equity and social justice.


    Main Conference Highlights

    Welcome and Entertainment – Friday Evening
    The opening general session will begin on Friday evening and will feature opening remarks and the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Forum. 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 – Saturday Dinner
    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.

    Registration deadline: February 6, 2019


    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 one of three pre-conferences.

    Your experience at the Good Teaching Conference is equal parts educational and transformational.  You’ll learn new skills and find solutions to real-life challenges.  You’ll leave the conference feeling inspired, motivated and with a knowledge of what you need to do to be even more successful on Monday morning in your classroom.  Download this Reasons to Attend GTC letter and share it with your principal to prove the value of attending the Good Teaching Conference.

    Want to send a group of teachers to the GTC? Download this letter and send it to your Principal or District Superintendent.  Many districts are open to sending educators to meaningful and inspiring training conferences.  This letter will help show the value of sending all educators in your local.  Remember, CTA members are only $190.  Non-member pricing is $570.

    Registration deadline: March 7, 2019


    The conference is devoted to enhancing CTA members’ understanding and appreciation of the issues of diversity and equity and is open to all CTA members. Attendees are able to choose from a wide variety of workshops that provide practical ideas that can be incorporated in the classroom and school setting. The workshops will also provide participants with more knowledge of issues facing our ethnic minority communities and how to advocate for change.

    Conference agenda begins on Friday evening with a Mix and Mingle where participants will have an opportunity to network and share experiences. On Saturday, participants will have the option to choose from more than 20 workshops on a variety of social and educational issues.

    On Sunday, participants will also have an opportunity to share their ideas and concerns at the Dialogue Sessions “Issues to Planning” and “Planning to Action.” The Conference will conclude with a General Session where the participants will share what was discussed and keys to a successful change.

    This conference provides an atmosphere for genuine interaction among colleagues on topics of special interest. You are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities provided to network with like-minded individuals and to discuss relevant social issues.

    Registration deadline: March 22, 2019



    Joint Ethnic Caucus Issues Conference | April – TBD

    Summer Institute | July 28-August 1 – UCLA, Los Angeles

    Region III Leadership Conference | September 27-29 – TBD

    New Educator Weekend (South) | December 6-8 – Sheraton, San Diego

    GLBT Issues Conference | December 13-15 – TBD


    Issues Conference | January 17-19 – TBD