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.

We Say, “No More!”
Take Action Against Gun Violence

Join CTA and NEA to send a message to our elected leaders on the April 20 National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. We say, “No More!” We can no longer tolerate inaction. We demand that they take real action to end gun violence in our schools and to protect our students. Contact your legislators, pledge your support, take action and find resources at #WeSayNoMore

Institute for Teaching Grants — Application Deadline: April 30

Let CTA’s Institute for Teaching fund your dreams! Apply by April 30 to have your project or great idea considered for one of two types of grants: Educator Grants up to $5,000 and Impact Grants up to $20,000. Go to to apply.

PosterCelebrate Teachers and ESPs!

May is merry because teachers and education support professionals are celebrated by their districts, students and community on California Day of the Teacher, May 9, and CTA ESP Day, May 22. The theme is “The League of Extraordinary Educators” and shows you for what you truly are: everyday heroes, with incredible superpowers. Add your photo and superpower to the mix at Check out resources on our website at and

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is the official month, but remember the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders all year long.

Scene from the mural “The Great Wall of Los Angeles” depicting the gains Asian Americans made in the 1950s by attaining naturalization and land ownership rights, despite harsh immigration quotas. A Korean civilian is sworn in as the first to be granted American citizenship, while a Japanese farmer stands in his newly purchased field.

Asians in California in 2015 numbered 6.5 million, with the population of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders at 354,000. See for classroom resources.

CCA Spring Conference
April 20–22          Conference
Hyatt Regency LAX, Los Angeles. The Community College Association’s spring conference highlights advocacy and features the presentation of CCA’s WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards.

EMEID Leadership Program
April 27                Application Deadline
The Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development Program is for ethnic minority members who want to expand their roles at CTA. Applicants may apply online starting March 1, and will be notified by May 18.

Political Academy
April 27–29          Conference
Holiday Inn Sacramento. Hands-on learning of the skills needed to be successful in political campaigns. Event is sold out.

El Día de los Niños
April 30                Event
Many public libraries have reading events for children on El Día de los Niños (Children’s Day), a traditional festival in Latino culture.

National Teacher Day
May 8                    Event
National Teacher Day is on Tuesday of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7–11).

California Day of the Teacher
May 9                    Event
“The League of Extraordinary Educators.” Check out resources on our website and celebrate your school’s educators in style.

School Nurse Day
May 9                    Event
Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has honored school nurses on the Wednesday of National Nurse Week (May 6–12).

ESP Week
May 20–26            Event
Recognize the vital contributions of education support professionals during ESP Week (observed by the state as Classified School Employees Week). CTA ESP Day is May 22.

NEA Foundation Grants
June 1                    Application Deadline
The NEA Foundation awards grants to NEA members. Student Achievement Grants support improving academic achievement; Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development. Applications are reviewed three times a year.

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 Representative Assembly
June 30–July 5      Convention
Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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.