Calendar of Events

June Is Pride Month

Now is an excellent time to talk with students about LGBTQ+ people and their struggles for equal rights. To help build empathy and understanding, educators can introduce important LGBTQ+ people in history, read relevant literature, discuss homophobia/heterosexism, and explore its causes and solutions. The Anti-Defamation League ( offers lesson plans for grades 4-12 as well as book recommendations. GLSEN ( has lesson plans and extensive resource guides for educators.

Events to Remember

Alice Piper Day, June 2
American Indian Citizenship Day, June 2
World Environment Day, June 5
Juneteenth, June 19
Independence Day, July 4
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30th Anniversary, July 26

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. NEA’s RA is going virtual this year. The world’s largest democratic deliberative body, with about 8,000 delegates, is where CTA members help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. The program features the presentation of NEA’s 2020 Human and Civil Rights Awards, including the President’s Award to activist and political trailblazer Stacey Abrams, former Georgia representative and gubernatorial candidate.
(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.

July 27–30          Conference
Virtual meeting. Hosted by the National Science Teachers Association, this event provides tools and resources for successful STEM education.

CA MTSS Professional Learning Institute CANCELED
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