Calendar of Events

February Is Black History Month
According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, this year’s theme is “Black Migrations,” with a focus on the 20th century through today. African American migration patterns included relocation from farms to cities; from the South to the Northeast, Midwest and West; and from the Caribbean to U.S. cities. The Great Migration and subsequent movements have reshaped American social, cultural and political geography.
Educators can teach about this fascinating history using lesson plans and resources at and (search “black history”). #blackhistory

Make Music and Art
We don’t need special months to make the arts a focus of learning, but as March is Music in Our Schools Month and California Arts Education Month, it’s a good excuse to involve students in both.
You can integrate music into your classroom in a variety of ways. Students can use audio recording software to analyze the sound waves from voice and instruments. Younger kids can create their own instruments. For that special report, allow students to parody a song, write a rap, or create a multimedia project with a soundtrack. The possibilities are endless. See for more.

Visionary Women
Women have led efforts to end war, violence and injustice, and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. Their tools have included public education, direct action and civil disobedience. This year the National Women’s History Alliance celebrates “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence” during Women’s History Month in March. Find some stellar examples to share with your students at

CTA/NEA-Retired Issues Conference
Feb. 28–March 1    Conference
Fairmont San Jose. Learn how CTA/NEA-Retired works to protect your future and monitors federal legislation that affects retirement benefits. Stay connected, be protected, and enjoy great benefits.

Read Across America
March 1    Event
Plan local events to celebrate reading with your community, and continue the celebration year-round with California Reads teacher-­recommended book selections.

Member-in-Politics Award in Honor of Ted Bass
March 1    Nomination Deadline
This award honors CTA members for outstanding contributions through political action during 2018. Each chapter may select one nominee.

Chapter-in-Politics Award in Honor of Joyce Fadem
March 1    Application Deadline
This award honors CTA chapters for outstanding contributions through effective political action during 2018. Any chapter may apply.

Equity and Human Rights Conference
March 1–3    Conference
Fairmont San Jose. #CTAEHR affirms CTA’s mission to protect the civil rights of all children and secure a more equitable, democratic society.

New Educator Weekend North
March 8–10    Conference
Hyatt SFO, Burlingame. If you’ve been an educator for three years or less, #CTANEW is for you. It’s your key to success as an educator, with sessions on classroom management, navigating IEPs and special ed, teaching to standards, and much more. A special pre-conference session covers professional development resources, important contract provisions, strategies for student debt, and financial planning. Hotel cut-off: Feb. 21.

Cesar E. Chavez Awards
March 15    Entry Deadline
CTA’s Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Education Awards recognize students who submit visual arts projects or written essays (no biographies) that show understanding of Chavez’s vision and guiding principles. Winners receive up to $550 for both students and sponsoring CTA members.

Good Teaching Conference South
March 22–24    Conference
Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove. #CTAGTC offers professional development for K-12 teachers with a variety of workshops in curriculum content areas. Hotel cut-off: March 7.

NEA ESP Conference
March 22–24    Conference
Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel. Enhances education support professionals’ skills and knowledge so they can positively impact student achievement, organize, advocate, and build community relations.

IFT Grants
March 31    Application Deadline
CTA Institute for Teaching’s grant program demonstrates what teachers 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.

2018 John Swett Awards
April 5    Nomination Deadline
The 60th annual John Swett Awards for Media Excellence honor journalists for outstanding coverage of public education issues in publications and electronic media during 2018. Any local chapter or Service Center Council may nominate. Entries are judged by panels of independent media professionals.

Conference on Racial and Social Justice
April 5–7    Conference
Hilton San Jose. CTA’s four ethnic caucuses come together in this conference, devoted to enhancing members’ understanding and appreciation of the issues of diversity and equity. It is open to all members. In addition to more than 20 workshops on a variety of social and educational issues, the event offers multiple opportunities for discussion — and action. Registration deadline: March 22. 

EMEID Leadership Program
April 26    Application deadline
The Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development program was established to sustain and increase ethnic minority leadership in CTA and its affiliates. Members interested in expanding their roles in CTA should apply for the class of 2019-20. Applications are accepted March 1–April 26; applicants will be notified by May 17.

CCA Spring Conference
April 26–28    Conference
Hilton Irvine, Orange County Airport. The Community College Association’s spring conference highlights advocacy and features the presentation of CCA’s WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards.

The Year Ahead

Issues Conference
Jan. 18–20, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada

Good Teaching Conference North
Feb. 1–3, 2019
San Jose

ESP Leadership Academy
Feb. 1–3, 2019
Session 1: Burlingame
March 29–31, 2019
Session 2: Los Angeles

CCA Winter Conference
Feb. 8–10, 2019
San Diego

CTA/NEA-Retired Issues Conference
Feb. 28–March 1, 2019
San Jose

Read Across America
March 1, 2019

Equity and Human Rights Conference
March 1–3, 2019
San Jose

New Educator Weekend North
March 8–10, 2019

Good Teaching Conference South
March 22–24, 2019
Garden Grove

Conference on Racial and Social Justice
April 5–7, 2019
San Jose

CCA Spring Conference
April 26–28, 2019

California Day of the Teacher
May 8, 2019

May 21, 2019

Presidents Conference
July 18–21, 2019
San Jose

Summer Institute
July 28–Aug. 1, 2019
Los Angeles