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Professional Development: CTA Has You Covered

At a recent ILC conference, educators discuss collaboration vs. cooperation.

Using the list of CTA events in the year ahead, you can mark your calendars with 2019-20 CTA conferences and workshops in best teaching practices, skills-building, early career guidance, social justice, LGBTQ+ issues, education support professional development, and more. In addition, CTA offers unique, high-caliber opportunities for professional development and leadership. Among them:

  • CTA’s Institute for Teaching (IFT) awards Educator Grants (up to $5,000) and Impact Grants (up to $20,000) to fund your dream projects and innovative ideas. Apply for the 2020-21 cycle at
  • CTA’s Instructional Leadership Corps offers workshops in your district or local led by trained educators. They model instructional shifts brought on by new state standards, and help with teaching approaches, lesson planning, etc. (CTA partners with Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the National Board Resource Center at Stanford University.) Learn more at
  • CTA’s Jump Start! is for educators interested in becoming National Board Certified Teachers. The three-day pre-candidacy seminar provides important information about the certification process in a supportive environment, facilitated by experienced NBCTs. You leave with your own action plan for completion. To learn more, go to
  • Incentive grants to attend CTA conferences and scholarships to help fund your or your dependent’s education are available. Learn more at and

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