Calendar of Events

Happy New Year!

CTA wishes all educators and their students and families a happy new year, full of joy, and great teaching and learning.

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 all 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.

Gang Awareness and Prevention Month, January

California recognizes January 2020 as Gang Awareness and Prevention Month and encourages cities and constituents to observe it with appropriate programs and activities to prevent future gang activity and honor those who lost their lives due to gang violence.

Click here to see our story on Yulil Alonso-Garza, who proposed this awareness month, and her organization, Mothers and Men Against Gangs Coalition. For more information on the MAG Coalition, visit facebook.com/MAGCoalition.

“Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up”

Jan. 30 is Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. In 1942, after refusing to go to U.S. incarceration camps for Japanese Americans, Korematsu was arrested and convicted of defying government orders. The Supreme Court ruled against his appeal in 1944, arguing that military necessity justified incarceration. In 1983, key intelligence documents were discovered that showed Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration, and Korematsu’s conviction was overturned. Go to korematsuinstitute.org for a Teacher’s Guide and Digital Curriculum Toolkit.

Events to Remember

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
George Washington Carver Recognition Day, Jan. 5
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, Jan. 20
No Name-Calling Week, Jan. 20–24
Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, Jan. 30
National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3–7
Deadline to register to vote in March 3 primary election, Feb. 18
Day of Remembrance of WWII internment of Japanese Americans, Feb. 19
Presidential primary election, March 3
International Women’s Day, March 8
Cesar Chavez Day, March 31


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.

2019 California STEAM Symposium
Dec. 9–10    Symposium
Anaheim Convention Center. The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in partnership with the California Department of Education and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, is proud to bring you the seventh annual California STEAM Symposium, drawing thousands of educators to support high-quality STEAM instruction. There are more than 200 breakout sessions offering innovative ideas and hands-on activities. CDEF is providing a special discount for CTA members — just use and share the code “STEAM4ACI”.

Computer Science Education Week
Dec. 9–15    Event
CSEdWeek is an annual program that engages K-12 students in computer science. Its focus is Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science and programming. Lesson plans are available for classrooms with or without computer access.

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.

LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools
Jan. 10    Application Deadline
The LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grant and Scholarship Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa offers scholarships up to $2,500 to self-described LGBTQ+ educators and grants up to $2,500 for projects promoting respect for LGBTQ+ persons.

CTA Human Rights Awards
Jan. 10     Nomination Deadline
Given to CTA members, chapters and Service Center Councils to promote programs for the advancement and protection of human and civil rights. Any active CTA member, chapter, caucus or Service Center Council may nominate.

CTA State Gold Awards
Jan. 10     Nomination Deadline
Given to individuals or organizations whose leadership, acts and support have indicated they are true friends of public education, educators or students. Any CTA member may nominate.

Issues Conference
Jan. 17–19     Conference
Tropicana, Las Vegas. Brings together local leaders and activists to organize on issues that matter, this year focusing on the Schools and Communities First initiative. Hotel cut-off: Jan. 3.

CTA Scholarships
Jan. 31     Application Deadline
Scholarships up to $5,000 are available to CTA members, their dependents and Student CTA members.

NEA RA State Delegate Candidacy
Jan. 31    Filing Deadline
Candidates for NEA RA state delegate must submit a declaration of candidacy. Submissions of the declaration of candidacy form will be accepted beginning Jan. 3, 2020.

NEA Foundation Grants
Feb. 1     Application Deadline
NEA Foundation gives Student Achievement Grants to improve academic achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants to support high-quality PD. Applications are reviewed three times a year.

National School Counseling Week
Feb. 3–7     Event
“School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans.” Celebrate your counselor! They make unique contributions to education and can have tremendous impact on students’ academic success and career plans.

Good Teaching Conference North
Feb. 7–9     Conference
Fairmont, San Jose. Supports excellent teaching and learning practices for K-12 teachers, with a variety of workshops, opportunities for PD, and time to network. Hotel cut-off: Jan. 16.

CCA Winter Conference
Feb. 7–9     Conference
DoubleTree San Diego Mission Valley. The Community College Association’s winter conference focuses on collective bargaining. Bargaining teams are encouraged to attend.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships
Feb. 14     Application Deadline
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarships up to $6,000 are available to ethnic minority CTA members, their dependents and Student CTA members.

New Educator Weekend North
Feb. 21–23     Conference
Marriott, Santa Clara. For educators in their first three years, NEW has everything you need to be successful, including sessions on classroom management, special education, state standards, assessments, student loan forgiveness programs, and more. You’ll leave inspired, motivated, and with knowledge you can use on Monday morning in your classroom. Keynote speaker is Nicholas Ferroni, a high school teacher and social activist who is driving a national dialogue about education reform. Cost for CTA members: $49; nonmembers: $570. Hotel cut-off: Feb. 7.

CTA/NEA-Retired Conference
Feb. 27–28     Conference
Marriott, Irvine. Learn how CTA/NEA-Retired is protecting your future and keeping watch on federal legislation that affects your benefits. Hotel cut-off: Feb. 12.

Member-in-Politics Award in Honor of Ted Bass
Feb. 28     Nomination Deadline
Given to outstanding educators for their contribution to the education profession through political action. Chapters may nominate one member from their chapter.

Chapter-in-Politics Award in Honor of Joyce Fadem
Feb. 28     Nomination Deadline
Given to outstanding chapters for their contributions to the education profession through political action. Chapters may nominate themselves.

Equity and Human Rights Conference
Feb. 28–March 1     Conference
Marriott, Irvine. Affirms CTA’s mission to protect the civil rights of children and secure a more equitable, democratic society. Speakers and workshops give members a greater understanding of diversity, equity and social justice. Incentive grants deadline: Jan. 6. Hotel cut-off: Feb. 12.

Cesar Chavez Awards
March 6     Entry Deadline
Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Education Awards, now in their 20th year, recognize students who demonstrate understanding of Chavez’s principles, either in a written essay (no biographies) or with a visual arts project. Awards up to $550 go to both the sponsoring CTA member and the student.

Good Teaching Conference South
March 13–15     Conference
Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove. Supports excellent teaching and learning practices for K-12 teachers. Incentive grants deadline: Jan. 6. Hotel cut-off: Feb. 20.

NEA ESP Conference
March 20–22    Conference
New Orleans. Enhances education support professionals’ skills and knowledge so they can positively impact student achievement, organize, advocate, and build community relations. Online registration deadline: Jan. 31.


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: 2019-20

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