Event description

Embracing Challenges and Shaping our Future

Our world is changing around us and as we implement new programs such as the Local Control Funding Formula and Common Core State Standards, CTA is again leading the way in advancing, promoting and protecting public education.  The Issues Conference will prepare you to “be the change” by delivering sessions rich in updated, timely content as well as offering time to network with your colleagues and other education professionals in an open and positive forum.   Together we will “be the change” as we carry out CTA’s mission using our collective voice for our union, for our profession and for our future!

Main Conference Highlights

The 2015 conference will include dynamic and inspiring keynote speakers, opportunities for networking and collaboration with colleagues and a program providing elective sessions for all members from Rural and Urban Locals as well as Education Support Professionals and members in County Offices. The conference will also offer an array of up-to-date elective skill building sessions and informative hot topic elective sessions for you to choose from.

Transportation Reimbursement

As a special incentive to attend this valuable training opportunity, transportation costs will be reimbursed for first-time participants from chapters with 300 or fewer members, for up to four participants from Service Center Councils and for up to five participants from each UniServ unit. First-time participants are considered those who have not previously attended any CTA Rural Issues, CTA Urban Issues, CTA ESP conferences or the last four years of Issues Conference. All other transportation costs are the responsibility of the individual, the chapter, the Service Center Council or the UniServ unit. Transportation reimbursement is based on grant recipient reimbursement guidelines.

Full conference attendance from Saturday morning to the closing of the conference on Sunday is required for transportation reimbursement.

Air: Airfare will be reimbursed at the lowest round-trip airfare (21-day advance) into McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas.

CTA has made arrangements with United Airlines (UA) for discount fares for our members to attend CTA conferences and meetings in those locations serviced by UA. These discounts will be applied to the best available fare. Full “Mileage Plus” credit is awarded on all discounted fares. Please note that although discounts are available through UA, you may be able to find better airfare rates through other airline carriers. However, if you choose UA as your carrier, please book through www.united.com and enter the discount code ZTG5113867 in the Offer Code box when searching for flights. By using this code online, you will receive a 5-13% discount off of the Internet fares and no service fees. As a reminder, there is typically a $150 change fee and possible increase in airfare when making changes to non-refundable tickets. Therefore, please make your flight arrangements carefully.

Automobile: Mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate of reimbursement per mile, not to exceed the cost of the most economical coach airfare. The IRS rate is 57.5 cents per mile effective January 1, 2015.

Reimbursement does not include the cost of airport or hotel parking expenses, shuttle or taxi service, or travel between home and the local airport. If the round-trip distance between your home and nearest airport is more than 100 miles, then mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate.

All other transportation costs are the responsibility of the individual, the chapter, the Service Center Council or the UniServ unit.

Accommodations for the Physically Challenged

CTA encourages full participation at the Issues Conference by all its attendees. Those requesting reasonable accommodations should either contact CTA Conference Coordination Center at 650-552-5355 or IssuesConference@cta.org prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy

January 2, 2015 is the last day to cancel your conference registration with a full refund. Depending on case by case basis, partial or no refund will apply starting January 3.

It is your responsibility to cancel your own room reservations at the Rio All-Suite Hotel.

Image Consent

CTA may photograph, video or Internet stream parts of this conference. By registering for this conference, you consent to your image possibly appearing in photographs or video session presentations.


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Date: Friday, January 16, 2015 | 10 am - 4 pm


The Educator’s Guide to Saving and Investing For Retirement
Understanding 403(b) & 457 plans and saving for your future

Don’t miss this special one-day conference covering the basics of 403(b) & 457 plans, strategies and resources to make informed investment decisions, along with how to deal with aggressive insurance agents.  This is an interactive day that uses humor, games and multi-media to engage all participants.

Registration is open to all CTA members. Release time will be arranged and paid for by CTA for up to two members per chapter with approval by the chapter president. We encourage the chapter president to approve release time for one or more newer members of the chapter.

Limited to one training per person per year. This pre-conference is free.

Release time and reimbursement of Thursday night hotel fee of $62 plus taxes will be reimbursed by CTA for up to two chapter members with approval by the chapter president.

Your Chapter President must provide approval to CTA for your release time.  Additionally, please bring a copy of your personal 403(b) or 457 Plan Document, if available.  You will be reminded of this detail a week before the conference.

If also attending the main conference, you may qualify for transportation reimbursement.

Release time is ONLY for release of the CTA member from work duties on Friday, January 16, 2015. CTA will reimburse the District upon receipt of an invoice.

The deadline to apply for release time is December 26, 2014.