Calendar of Events

February: African American History Month

This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Vote,” recognizing the struggle for voting rights among African Americans throughout American history — including today. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote following the Civil War. (It also marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.)

Educators can tap into multiple sources to observe the month and use it as an opportunity to discuss voting rights in this presidential election year. Lesson plans and resources on broader history and social movements, such as in the book Teaching for Black Lives, are available at NEAedjustice.org, blacklivesmatteratschool.com, nea.org, scholastic.com and pbs.org, among others.

Women Power

March 8 is International Women’s Day, though the campaign theme, #EachforEqual, extends all year long. #EachforEqual focuses on our individual and collective power to create a gender equal world. We do this by challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, and celebrating women’s achievements. Go to internationalwomensday.com for classroom activities, downloadable toolkits and other resources.

March is Women’s History Month. This year the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) promotes the theme “Valiant Women of the Vote.”It will honor women from the original suffrage movement as well as 20th and 21st century women who have continued the fight against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other contemporary forms of voter suppression. To learn more, go to nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org.

Bring On the Arts

March is Music in Our Schools Month! The National Association for Music Education features lessons for second and fifth graders that help them learn elements of music through classic children’s songs in English and Spanish (these can be shared at many levels). Free; go to nafme.org.  

March also reminds us that a well-rounded education should include the stimulation and creative thinking that the arts help to develop. Arts Education Month showcases and celebrates dance, music, theater, literature, design and visual arts; Youth Art Month focuses on visual arts. Visual arts educators can find resources at California Art Education Association (caea-arteducation.org/resources).

Events to Remember

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
School Social Worker Week, March 1–7
Read Across America, March 2
Presidential primary election, March 3
International Women’s Day, March 8
Cesar Chavez Day, March 31
National Census Day, April 1
World Autism Awareness Day, April 2
Dolores Huerta Day (her 90th birthday), April 10
Global Youth Service Day, April 17–19
Administrative Professionals Week, April 19–25
Administrative Professionals Day, April 22
Earth Day, April 22
El Día de los Niños, April 30


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.

California Labor Management Initiative
Feb. 21    Central Valley Convening, Dinuba
March 2–3    Southern California Convening, Downey
CA LMI, a project of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, convenes labor-management teams from school districts across the state to promote labor-management collaboration.

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.

CTA ESP of the Year
Feb. 28    Nomination Deadline
Bring the good work of an ESP to light — nominate them for CTA’s 2020 Paula J. Monroe Education Support Professional of the Year. The honor is given to a CTA ESP member whose activities reflect the contributions of ESPs to public education. The winner will also be the California state nominee for 2021 NEA ESP of the Year.

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. Hotel cut-off: Feb. 12.

Read Across America
March 2    Event
“Readers Are Leaders.” On March 2, classrooms and school libraries all over the country will celebrate reading and literacy with Read Across America, sponsored by CTA and NEA. Educators can involve their community by inviting parents, firefighters, police officers, elected officials, local news anchors and others to read their favorite books to your students. Don’t forget that CTA’s California Reads (cta.org/californiareads) offers teacher-vetted book recommendations year-round for students of all ages. CTA members can buy books on the site at a 20 percent discount.

Primary Election
March 3    Election
Make your vote count on Super Tuesday! Deadline to register: Feb. 18.

Artwork by 2018-19 Cesar E. Chavez Award recipient Suwen Han.

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.

CAAASA Conference
March 11–13    Conference
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento. “Strengthening an Equity Education Coalition for African-American, Latinx and Other Students of Color.” California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators’ annual professional development summit. Pre-conference March 10.

NEA Pre-Summit Higher Education Conference
March 12–13    Conference
Orlando, Florida. Share information, develop skills, and network with others in the higher ed community.

NEA National Leadership Summit
March 13–15    Conference
Orlando, Florida. To develop leaders and prepare them with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead thriving associations and to lead in their professions.

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.

Spring CUE
March 19–21     Conference
Palm Springs Convention Center. CUE (Computer-Using Educators) will host over 5,000 attendees at the longest-running, largest annual educational technology event on the West Coast.

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.

CTA Institute for Teaching Grants
March 31     Application Deadline
IFT’s Grant Program demonstrates what CTA members can do when they have the freedom to create and invent. Apply for Educator Grants up to $5,000 and Impact Grants up to $20,000.

CTA’s John Swett Awards
April 3    Nomination Deadline
The 2019 John Swett Awards for Media Excellence are CTA’s highest honor for media professionals, and recognize outstanding coverage of education during 2019. CTA local chapters and Service Center Councils may nominate.

EMEID Leadership Program
April 24    Application Deadline
Ethnic minority members who want to expand their leadership roles at CTA may apply online to the Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development program starting March 1.

CCA Spring Conference
April 24–26     Conference
Hilton, Irvine. The Community College Association’s spring conference highlights advocacy and features the presentation of CCA’s WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards.


Registration is now open for the following conferences.


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