Calendar of Events

Caption: Above, student participants (grades 7-12) and educators at Humboldt State University for the 2018 Global Youth Summit, developed by Tara Kajtaniak, Fortuna Union High School Teachers Association, and funded by a grant from CTA’s Institute for Teaching.

A Month of Pride

Educators can use Pride Month in June to talk about the impact that LGBTQ+ people and groups have had on history and culture, and about inclusion, support, empathy, and celebration of the community. Look to GLSEN ( for classroom curriculum and resources.

Note: This fall, California students will be the first in the nation to use textbooks that highlight historical contributions made by LGBTQ+ people. This is due to passage of the FAIR Education Act in 2011, which requires that history instruction include Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, Respectful reference to members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as people with disabilities.

CTA’s Summer Institute

Connect, organize and engage! Summer Institute, at UCLA July 29–Aug. 2, is the premier training of its kind, a weeklong event with 11 different programs to hone the skills you need to meet the challenges of the coming year:

  • Bargaining and Finance
    Tracks: Charter Educators Organizing and Bargaining, Economic Justice, Emerging Leaders, Essential Bargaining Skills, Advanced Bargaining Skills, School Finance
  • Communications
  • Community Engagement and Coalition Building
  • Instruction and Professional Development
    “Growth Mindset: Using Brain-Based Research to Support Teaching and Learning”
  • Member Benefits
  • NEW! Member Engagement
    “Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging Members in a Post-Janus Environment”

Programming is subject to change and enrollment is limited, so get thee to for more information and the latest updates. Registration deadline is July 13.

Great Ideas, Funded

The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Its initiatives include awarding grants for classroom projects and professional development. Grant applications are reviewed three times a year. The next deadline is Oct. 15, so if you have an innovative idea that needs funding, apply! NEA also maintains a list of other grant opportunities at

California educators who have won grants in the most recent cycle:

  • Christine Chin, United Educators of San Francisco, to attend writing workshops at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and then train her colleagues.
  • Scott Hudson, Fullerton Secondary Teachers Organization, for a STEAM program where students apply biology to art class by creating sculptures that mimic real and imagined characters.
  • Richard Kinnett, South Tahoe Educators Association, to embed AVID strategies in daily instruction, with expectations of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading approaches.
  • Angela Palmieri, Glendale Teachers Association, to attend Leadership Pasadena, which trains participants to increase their organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills.

Hail Cecil

Cecil Canton, associate vice president of affirmative action (north) of the California Faculty Association and professor in the division of criminal justice at Sacramento State University, is the recipient of NEA’s 2018 H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award (Black). Canton will be honored at an NEA presentation in Minneapolis on July 1.

The accolade is one of NEA’s annual Human and Civil Rights Awards. It specifically recognizes Canton’s exemplary work as a black educator, and his efforts to help eradicate racial inequalities in the education community.

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PBL World 2018
June 19–21            Conference
American Canyon High School, Napa Valley. PBL World, hosted by the nonprofit Buck Institute for Education, is the premier conference for Project Based Learning.

ISTE 2018 Conference & Expo
June 24–27            Conference
Chicago. The International Society for Technology in Education is a nonprofit organization that advocates for education technology. More than 16,000 educators will attend the annual convention, which offers hundreds of professional development opportunities and edtech exhibits.

NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice
June 28–29            Conference
Minneapolis. “From Presence to Power.” This conference (formerly the Joint Conference on the Concerns of Minorities and Women) provides a unique space for education stakeholders to engage on issues that impact educational opportunities for communities of color, LGBTQ+ and women.

ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence
June 29–July 1      Conference
Grapevine, Texas. “Pathways to Equity.” In this “learn and do” conference, participants will understand the full impact of inequities and experience transformative learning through deep dives into four pathways to equity: STEAM, Community and Family Engagement, Underserved Populations, and Teacher Leadership.

NEA Representative Assembly
June 30–July 5      Convention
Minneapolis. With about 8,000 delegates, the RA is the world’s largest democratic deliberative body. CTA members will help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business at NEA’s Annual Meeting.

NSTA 7th Annual STEM Forum & Expo
July 11–13             Conference
Philadelphia. Hosted by the National Science Teachers Association, this event brings together educators and exhibitors, offers the latest in science content, teaching strategy and research, and provides resources for STEM education, outreach programs, partnerships, schools and curricula.

Presidents Conference
July 19–22             Conference
Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. This training is geared for local chapter leaders. New and second-year presidents and new community college chapter presidents begin on Thursday with specially tailored core training; others join them Friday for electives and workshops to enhance leadership skills. Hotel cut-off: July 2.

Summer Institute
July 29–Aug. 2       Conference
UCLA Conference Center, Los Angeles. CTA’s premier training workshop offers 11 concurrent programs that will help you fulfill your role in the local chapter and meet your professional development goals. Registration deadline: July 13.