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 (census.gov), by telephone or by mail. NEA offers relevant K-12 lesson plans and posters at nea.org/census.

The Year of Kindness

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

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 pbs.org/specials/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month.

Events to Remember

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


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. 

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, One Student at a Time.” 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. 

PBL World 2020
June 16–18   Conference
Online conference. 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
DoubleTree San Diego Mission Valley. Contingency plans for a virtual conference are being prepared. 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
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. 


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 CANCELED, 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 CANCELED
March 13–15, 2020
Garden Grove

CCA Spring Conference CANCELED
April 24–26, 2020
Irvine

Region IV Leadership Conference CANCELED
May 1–3, 2020
Irvine

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