Calendar of Events

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Vote on Nov. 6, 2018

Plan now to ensure your vote in the general election is counted and your voice heard. Go to for voter information and for crucial dates and links.

Voter registration: Can be done online or if by mail postmarked by Oct. 22; you can “conditionally” register and vote at your county elections office after the 15-day voter registration deadline.

Vote by mail: Applications must arrive by Oct. 30. Ballots must be delivered by close of polls on Nov. 6 or postmarked on or before Nov. 6 and received by your county elections office no later than Nov. 9.

CTA Scholarships, Grants and Awards
Oct. 1               Application period opening
CTA offers educational scholarships, grants and awards to members and their dependents throughout the academic year. These include Cesar Chavez Memorial Education Awards, the LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grant & Scholarship Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa (deadline Dec. 14), CTA Scholarships, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Deadlines vary.

Region I Leadership Conference
Oct. 5–7            Conference
Fairmont San Jose. Do you have what it takes to be an association leader? Learn the ropes or increase your skill set.

CCA Fall Conference
Oct. 12–14        Conference
Marriott San Jose. The Community College Association’s fall conference offers a variety of trainings, highlights members’ accomplishments, and focuses on membership engagement.

NEA Foundation Grants
Oct. 15              Application Deadline
The NEA Foundation awards grants to educators: Student Achievement Grants support improving academic achievement; Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development. Applications are reviewed three times a year.

Region II Leadership Conference
Oct. 19–21         Conference
Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada. Do you have what it takes to be an association leader? Learn the ropes or increase your skill set.

Voluntary dues contribution
Nov. 1               Opt-Out Deadline
Voluntary annual contributions by members support CTA Foundation’s grants/scholarships and CTA’s advocacy efforts. New members are automatically enrolled in the default contribution of $10 for the CTA Foundation and $10 for advocacy. Members may change their allocation or opt out. New members have 30 days from the date of enrollment; previously enrolled members have a window from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1.

General Election
Nov. 6               Election
Never has a midterm election been more important. Get information on candidates and ballot initiatives, and volunteer to help CTA’s campaign. Register to vote by Oct. 22; request a vote-by-mail ballot by Oct. 30.

American Education Week
Nov. 12–16       Event
American Education Week is celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving week and includes special observances to honor parents, education support professionals and substitute teachers.

Institute for Teaching grants
Dec. 1                Application Period Opening
CTA’s IFT offers educators grants for strength-based projects. Applications accepted from Dec. 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019.

GLBT Issues Conference
Dec. 7-9             Conference
Register now for the 10th annual CTA conference addressing GLBT issues, in Palm Springs. The weekend event involves educators, students and community and is a venue to discuss subjects affecting the entire membership and California’s youth.

2018 New Educator Weekend South
Dec. 14-16          Conference
New Educator Weekend (NEW) in San Diego is for educators in their first three years in the profession. NEW has everything that you need to be successful in your first years of teaching, with sessions focused on, for example, classroom management; special education; Common Core, state standards, assessments and pedagogy; and more.

Representative Assembly Reminder

The declaration of candidacy form for state delegates to the 2019 NEA Representative Assembly in Houston, Texas, will appear in the December/January Educator magazine, and online in late November.


The Year Ahead

Region I Leadership Conference
Oct. 5–7, 2018
San Jose

CCA Fall Conference
Oct. 12–14, 2018
San Jose

Region II Leadership Conference
Oct. 19–21, 2018
Reno, Nevada

State Council of Education
Oct. 26–28, 2018
Jan. 25–27, March 29–31, May 31–June 2, 2019
Los Angeles

GLBT Issues Conference
Dec. 7–9, 2018
Palm Springs

New Educator Weekend South
Dec. 14–16, 2018
San Diego

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

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