Calendar of Events

We All Count!

The federal government uses U.S. Census data to allocate billions of dollars in education funds to states and localities annually. So making sure everyone is counted in the census is critical to the well-being of children and the strength of our public schools.

“Participation in the census is safe, important and necessary,” says NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. Encourage your students to tell their parent or guardian to fill out their census questionnaire online (, by telephone or by mail. NEA offers relevant K-12 lesson plans and posters at

The Year of Kindness

Make 2020 the “Year of Kindness” for people with autism — sign the pledge at Use Autism Awareness Month in April to educate students on inclusivity and acceptance. Read how 10 teachers do this at

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

A scene from the PBS documentary “Next Gen — Asian American Art in the Central Valley.”

May is a great time for students to learn about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities under the umbrella label “Asian American.” Educators can start by showing one or more stories from the PBS collection exploring the history, traditions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Go to

Watch the five-part documentary series Asian Americans premiering on May 11 and 12. For info, see

Events to Remember

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
International Workers’ Day/May Day, May 1
National Teacher Day, May 5
Cinco de Mayo, May 5
School Nurse Day, May 6
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 7
California Day of the Teacher, May 13
Armed Forces Day, May 16
CTA ESP Day, May 19
Harvey Milk Day, May 22
Memorial Day, May 25
Alice Piper Day, June 2
American Indian Citizenship Day, June 2
World Environment Day, June 5
Juneteenth, June 19

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.

CCA Spring Conference CANCELED
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.

CTA Institute for Teaching Grants
April 30     Application Deadline (extended)
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.

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. 

Region IV Leadership Conference CANCELED
May 1–3    Conference
Irvine Marriott. “Building Power by Prioritizing Schools and Communities First.” Do you have what it takes to be an association leader? Learn the ropes or increase your skill set. Hotel cut-off: April 2.

National Teacher Day
May 5   Event
National Teacher Day is on Tuesday of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4–8). Thank a teacher! 

School Nurse Day
May 6     Event
Bow down to your school nurse — if you can find one. Shamefully, for every school nurse in California there are 2,505 students. Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has honored school nurses on the Wednesday of National Nurse Week (May 6–12).

California Day of the Teacher
May 13   Event
“Inspiring Generations.” Check out resources on our website and celebrate your school’s educators in style. 

ESP Week
May 17–23   Event
Celebrate the vital contributions of education support professionals during ESP Week (observed by the state as Classified School Employee Week). CTA ESP Day is May 19. 

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
May 28, June 11      Application Deadlines
The NEA Foundation is offering six-month grants for amounts of $1,500 to $5,000 to support educator-led initiatives to adapt to the unique circumstances of COVID-19 during the summer months of 2020. There are two upcoming deadlines for applications:
May 28 – Successful grantees will be notified by June 15.
June 11 – Successful grantees will be notified by June 29.

PBL World 2020
June 16–18   Conference
Virtual meeting. PBL World, sponsored by the nonprofit Buck Institute for Education, is the premier conference for Project Based Learning. Pre-conference June 15. 

California Labor Management Initiative Summer Institute
June 23–24   Conference
Virtual meeting. 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.  

ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence CANCELED
June 26–28   Conference
Denver. “Classroom. Community. Connection.” Find strength-based strategies to build trusting connections with students and families. Discover practical techniques to adopt trauma-informed practices, and recognize and address burnout in yourself and others. Pre-conferences June 25. 

NEA Representative Assembly
July 2–3  Convention
Virtual meeting. 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.
(Note: The NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice, which was originally scheduled to precede the RA in Atlanta, has been canceled.)

Presidents Conference
July 13–17     Conference
Virtual meeting. The “Home Edition” will be free for all chapter presidents, with sessions designed to enhance your skills as a local leader and help build systems of success for your chapter.

Summer Institute
July 27–30     Conference
Virtual meeting. Free for all members. CTA’s premier training workshop focuses on nuts-and-bolts union leadership as well as on preparing members for the challenges that lie ahead as you return to school sites for the new year. This includes sessions on communicating with members and working with community groups, a deep dive into member benefits, and professional development sessions.

NSTA 9th Annual STEM Forum & Expo
July 22–24          Conference
Louisville, Kentucky. Hosted by the National Science Teachers Association, this event brings together educators and exhibitors, and provides tools and resources for successful STEM education.

CA MTSS Professional Learning Institute
July 28–30          Conference
Anaheim Convention Center. “Know Me, Include Me.” The California Multi-Tiered System of Support gathering offers immersive learning on creating equitable, inclusive learning environments for all.

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

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

State Council of Education
Oct. 25–27, 2019
Jan. 24–26, March 27–29 CANCELED, June 1–6 VIRTUAL, 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

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

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

Read Across America
March 2, 2020

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

CCA Spring Conference CANCELED
April 24–26, 2020

Region IV Leadership Conference CANCELED
May 1–3, 2020

California Day of the Teacher
May 13, 2020

May 19, 2020

NEA Representative Assembly
July 2–3, 2020 
Virtual meeting

Presidents Conference
July 13–17, 2020
Virtual meeting

Summer Institute
July 27–30, 2020
Virtual meeting