Event description

Click here for the Good Teaching Conference Program Guide

The CTA Good Teaching Conferences continue to support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers via peer-to-peer instruction. Offering a variety of diverse workshops focused on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field of education. Join us on Friday for two newly updated and timely pre-conferences.

Come and learn from experts in your field, share your ideas, expand your knowledge and network with your colleagues.  Register now and join us at the Hyatt Regency Orange County for this exciting and informative professional development opportunity.

  • Choose from more than 80 sessions designed to support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers.
  • Topics cover Common Core, Classroom Management, Technology, Student Motivation, Musical Innovation, Fitness, ELL, Special Education and so much more.
  • Visit the vendor and exhibitor showcase for the latest in classroom materials, tools, technology and learning aids.

Registration starts on Friday and the hours are 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a dinner buffet and dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. There are four 1.25 hour workshops beginning on Saturday at 9:15 a.m., and end with Caucus Meetings from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday’s workshop is scheduled from 8:30-9:45 a.m.; followed by brunch and general session. The conference concludes at 12 noon.

Please join us on Saturday morning from 8:00am-9:00am for a Bonus Session with Gabriela Orozco Gonzalez, California CORE Advocate.  Gabriela will be presenting “Looking Carefully and Reading Closely Using the Cultural Arts”

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Date: Friday, March 17, 2017

CTA is pleased to offer you three Friday Pre-Conferences.  Please see more details below.

Deepening Learning and Teaching: Formative Practices for Classroom Instruction (Registration opens at 8:00am, Program 9:00am-3:00pm) This pre-conference will offer an assessment literacy training to CTA members, with training provided by California classroom teachers.

The focus of this important seminar is to train participants on applying assessment tools that includes examining student work and scoring performance tasks to inform the learning and teaching process.

This professional development is adopted from the Building Educator Literacy training designed by WestEd and the Stanford Center for Assessment Literacy and Equity.  The intent of this one-day training is to prepare teachers to be a better consumers, developers and users of classroom assessments.  Breakouts for the training will include Grade-spans composed of Elementary ELA/ELD, Elementary Mathematics, Secondary ELA/ELD and Secondary Mathematics.  Lunch and materials are all included.

o Retirement Savings Made Easy (10:00am-4:00pm) (Up to three CTA Members per chapter may be eligible for CTA paid release time to attend this important event.  This is a FREE event!  You may complete the application form (if you want release time only) when you register.

Saving for retirement is one of the most important steps you will take. Just how important is starting now? Don’t know where to start? Are you a hands-off investor? Attend our one-day pre-conference and get started!

We will review the basics of 403(b) and 457 plans along with easy tools to help you choose the right type of savings for your retirement account. We will introduce you to the new CTA 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan which is designed for the hands-off investor.  The CTA Plan offers high-quality investment options with lower fees than other 403(b) plans and follows a fiduciary standard which means all decisions are made in your best interest.

This is a great opportunity to identify CTA resources which you can share in your local as part of a member engagement plan. We will use humor, games and skits to keep the day interesting.   Subject to approval of the chapter president release time will be arranged and paid for by CTA.  Chapters may send members to one or more conferences.  We encourage the chapter president to approve release time for one or more newer members of the chapter. This pre-conference is free.

o Teacher Innovation Expo sponsored by the Institute for Teaching (IFT) (9:30am-4:30pm)
This expo will showcase outstanding IFT grant recipients who have created powerful strength-based projects for their students.  There will be time for listening, reflecting and discussing creative ideas involving the arts, parent engagement, STEM education, school gardens, civic engagement and more.   The expo will include Project Presentations from former IFT grant recipients who will describe the scope, purpose, success and challenges of their grant work.  There is also a Grant Showcase that will allow one-on-one time and additional information from practitioners to stimulate your thinking.