Calendar of Events

Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15–Oct. 15

The month is a good time to help students understand the greater American experience. Teachers of social studies, English, Spanish, or visual arts can use art and portraiture by Latino artists or of Latino figures to enhance students’ understanding of our collective American history. The Smithsonian and the National Portrait Gallery’s Learning Lab collection, at tinyurl.com/SINPG, provides educators digital materials that can add nuance and depth to classroom lessons.

Braceros (1960), by Domingo Ulloa, part of the Learning Lab collection. The painting is of a bracero camp in Holtville, Imperial County. The binational Bracero Program (1942-64) brought Mexican guest workers, known as braceros, to fill in agricultural labor shortages during World War II.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October

About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early, and a mammogram — the screening test for breast cancer — can help. Fight back! Know the symptoms (go to breastcancer.org) and spread the word to colleagues, friends and family about the importance of mammograms.

Filipino American History Month, October

In August, the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School was dedicated in Mountain View — the second school in California and possibly the nation named for a Filipino American. While Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School in Union City honors legendary labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, Vargas Elementary honors the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration rights activist.

In 1993, 12-year-old Jose Antonio Vargas arrived in the U.S. to live with a family in Mountain View. In high school he told his choir teacher and CTA member Jill Denny that he couldn’t go on a class trip to Japan because he was undocumented. (She immediately moved the trip to Hawaii, telling him, “We don’t leave anyone behind.”) School was always where he felt safe and accepted, Vargas said during his speech at the dedication.

“This school, our school, represents the power of community — how to treat people with respect, how to show gratitude, … how to live your life with love, how to live a loving life of continuous education, that we can never stop learning, and we can never stop learning about and from each other,” he said.

Celebrate the month and Larry Itliong Day on Oct. 25 by teaching students about the work of Itliong and Vera Cruz (multiple resources are available for all grade levels), and Define American (defineamerican.com), which Vargas founded to use the power of story to help transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship.

Native American Heritage Month, November

Fall is a great time for educators to focus on Native Californians, who settled along the West Coast some 10,000 years ago. More than 300,000 people in 200 tribes populated the state. The California Indian History Curriculum Coalition (csus.edu/college/education/engagement/indian-curriculum.html) offers a map as well as multiple free, vetted resources and lesson plans for use in classrooms. (Just one example: a video showing how the Winnemem Wintu tribe — nonexistent in California’s history books — is using technology to put itself back on the map.)

The annual California Indian Conference (csuchico.edu/cic) takes place this year at Sonoma State University Nov. 14-16, bringing together California Indians, academics, tribal scholars, educators and students.

Mix It Up at Lunch Day

While Oct. 22 is the official day, many educators mix it up at lunch every day by opening their classrooms to students. Encourage all students to sit next to someone new in the cafeteria or yard instead of with their same group of friends. Positive interactions with other people can help reduce the prejudices that grow with separation — and that can lead to bullying.

Speaking of which, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Educators should understand what bullying is, what their school’s policies and rules are, and how to enforce the rules. Go to stopbullying.gov for information and resources.

What Is the Meaning of Sacrifice?

Help students understand the significance of Veterans Day (Nov. 11), when we honor those who served and are serving in the U.S. military, and the meaning of sacrifice. PBS offers a lesson plan for educators that includes an interactive timeline of military history and studies issues facing veterans today (pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/veterans-day). NEA also has lesson plans and activities for all grade levels (nea.org/tools/lessons/veterans-day-activities-intro.html).

CTA Scholarships and Grants

CTA offers various educational scholarships, grants and awards. Go to cta.org/scholarships to check out the following programs, which are or will soon be open for applications.

CTA Scholarships in amounts up to $5,000 are available to CTA members, their dependents and Student CTA members. Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2020.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarships in amounts up to $6,000 are available to CTA members, their dependents and Student CTA members who are members of an ethnic minority group. Application deadline: Feb. 14, 2020.

LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grant and Scholarship Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa offers scholarships up to $2,500 to self-described LGBTQ+ educators who understand the importance of being a role model, and grants up to $2,500 to CTA members, students, groups and school districts to support projects that promote understanding and respect for LGBTQ+ persons. Application deadline: Jan. 10, 2020.

Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Education Awards, now in their 20th year, are available to educators and their students who demonstrate an understanding of the principles by which Chavez lived his life, either in a written essay (no biographies) or with a visual arts project. Awards in amounts of up to $550 go to both the sponsoring CTA member and the student or students who complete the project. Entry deadline: March 6, 2020.

Events to Remember

National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11
Indigenous People’s Day, Oct. 14
Multicultural Diversity Day, Oct. 21
Larry Itliong Day, Oct. 25
California School Psychology Week, Nov. 11–15
World AIDS Day, Dec. 1
National Special Education Day, Dec. 2
Inclusive Schools Week, Dec. 2–6
Day of the Special Educator, Dec. 3
International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10


Regional Leadership Conferences
Region II    Sept. 20–22  Reno, Nevada
Region III  Sept. 27–29  Los Angeles
Region I   Oct. 11–13   Burlingame
Do you have what it takes to be an association leader? Learn the ropes or increase your skill set.

CCA Fall Conference
Oct. 11–13   Conference
Hilton San Jose. The Community College Association’s fall conference offers a variety of trainings, highlights members’ accomplishments, and focuses on membership engagement.

NEA Foundation Grants
Oct. 15  Application Deadline
The NEA Foundation awards grants to educators: Student Achievement Grants support improving academic achievement; Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development. Applications are reviewed three times a year.

Voluntary dues contribution
Nov. 1  Opt-Out Deadline
Voluntary annual contributions by members support CTA Foundation’s grants/scholarships and CTA’s advocacy efforts. New members are automatically enrolled in the default contribution of $10 for the CTA Foundation and $10 for advocacy. Members may change their allocation or opt out. New members have 30 days from the date of enrollment; previously enrolled members have a window from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1.

NEA Leaders of Color Pathways Project
Nov. 1    Application Deadline
NEA has launched the application for the Leaders of Color Pathways Project. Through Pathways, NEA is focusing on members who identify as Hispanic, Latinx, Chicano, Native, Indigenous, American Indian, Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian. The Pathways project will serve to develop, test and model strategies to build structural pathways for emerging leaders from historically marginalized racial, ethnic and cultural communities to access leadership training opportunities. Pathways is open to emerging leaders, as well as veteran leaders who are interested in serving as peer coaches, but space is limited. To learn more and to apply, visit nea.org/pathways.

American Education Week
Nov. 18–22  Event
American Education Week is celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving week and includes special days to honor parents, education support professionals and substitute teachers.

New Educator Weekend South
Dec. 6–8    Conference
Sheraton San Diego. New Educator Weekend (NEW) is for educators in their first three years in the profession. NEW has everything that you need to be successful in your first years of teaching, including sessions on classroom management, special education, Common Core and state standards, assessments, pedagogy, and more. Hotel cut-off: Nov. 21.

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference
Dec. 13–15    Conference
Hilton San Francisco Financial District. The LGBTQ+ Issues Conference is open to all CTA members and provides a venue to discuss a variety of issues affecting educators, students and the community. Hotel cut-off: Nov. 18.


Registration is now open for the following conferences.


New Educator Weekend (South)
December 6-8, 2019
Sheraton, San Diego
Hotel cut-off: Nov. 21

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference
December 13-15, 2019
Hilton Financial District, San Francisco
Incentive grants deadline: Oct. 7
Hotel cut-off: Nov. 18

Issues Conference
January 17-19, 2020
Tropicana, Las Vegas
Incentive grants deadline: Nov. 4
Hotel cut-off: Jan. 3

Good Teaching Conference (North)
February 7-9, 2020
Fairmont, San Jose
Incentive grants deadline: Nov. 4
Hotel cut-off: Jan. 16

New Educator Weekend (North)
February 21-23, 2020
Marriott, Santa Clara
Hotel cut-off: Feb. 7

CTA/NEA-Retired Conference
February 27-28, 2020
Marriott, Irvine
Hotel cut-off: Feb. 12

Equity and Human Rights Conference
February 28-March 1, 2020
Marriott, Irvine
Incentive grants deadline: Jan. 6
Hotel cut-off: Feb. 12

Good Teaching Conference (South)
March 13-15, 2020
Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove
Incentive grants deadline: Jan. 6
Hotel cut-off: Feb. 20


CTA Events: The Year Ahead

Region II Leadership Conference
Sept. 20–22, 2019
Reno, Nevada

Region III Leadership Conference
Sept. 27–29, 2019
Los Angeles

Region I Leadership Conference
Oct. 11–13, 2019
Burlingame

CCA Fall Conference
Oct. 11–13, 2019
San Jose

State Council of Education
Oct. 25–27, 2019
Jan. 24–26, March 27–29, June 5–7, 2020
Los Angeles

New Educator Weekend South
Dec. 6–8, 2019
San Diego

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference
Dec. 13–15, 2019
San Francisco

Issues Conference
Jan. 17–19, 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada

ESP Leadership Academy
Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2020
Session 1: Burlingame
March 27–29, 2020
Session 2: Los Angeles

Good Teaching Conference North
Feb. 7–9, 2020
San Jose

CCA Winter Conference
Feb. 7–9, 2020
San Diego

New Educator Weekend North
Feb. 21–23, 2020
Burlingame

CTA/NEA-Retired Issues Conference
Feb. 27–28, 2020
Irvine

Equity and Human Rights Conference
Feb. 28–March 1, 2020
Irvine

Read Across America
March 2, 2020

Good Teaching Conference South
March 13–15, 2020
Garden Grove

CCA Spring Conference
April 24–26, 2020
Irvine

Region IV Leadership Conference
May 1–3, 2020
San Diego

California Day of the Teacher
May 13, 2020

CTA ESP Day
May 19, 2020

Presidents Conference
July 16–19, 2020
San Jose

Summer Institute
July 26–30, 2020
Los Angeles