Event description

The Story of Us in the Brave New World continues to be CTA’s driving focus to address the challenges facing educators today. CTA’s Strategic Plan’s Areas of Focus specifically address the means to build a stronger profession and protect public education. The 2017 Issues Conference sessions are aligned with the CTA Strategic Plan and include sessions on current issues in education, professional development and member engagement.

Main Conference Highlights

There are several new sessions offered this year – Charter Educators Organizing and the Struggle to Protect Public Education will discuss the current struggle to organize charter schools and why it is important to educators from traditional schools. Organizing for Success in Any Endeavor features UTLA’s vision, strategies and tactics used in the struggle to organize and mobilize members for successful action. The Brave New World of Science Under the NGSS will provide an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards and how their impact in various grade levels.

Dynamic breakout sessions for Rural Educators, Urban Educators, County Office of Education Issues and Education Support Professionals will lead the conference.  Saturday during his keynote address, CTA President Eric Heins will set the stage for a variety of elective sessions on diverse topics we are facing as an organization, including: Teacher Evaluation, Common Core/ELD, Legal Issues in Bargaining, Organizing for Success, Teacher-Driven Change, Community Engagement and LCAP-Latest Updates.

Closing the conference on Sunday will be Emmy Award winning journalist, television reporter and social justice advocate Reed Cowan.  Reed is an active supporter of anti-bullying legislation and is a recognized expert on the subject of bullying in school.  In his closing conference remarks, Reed will bring his personal and professional perspective to address how to use the media to change the “bad teacher” narrative and how to positively influence your school culture.

At the conference numerous exhibits will showcase CTA service and programs, offering participants the opportunity to learn how local chapters can access the many resources available from CTA.  Also, conference participants will be able to meet with CTA and NEA Board representatives and members from other areas throughout the state.

We hope you invest in this opportunity to gain knowledge and skills, make connections and build relationships that are part of “us” in the “brave new world” to carry out CTA’s mission and strategic mission.

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 six 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.

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 6, 2017 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 7.

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 20, 2017 | 10 am - 4 pm

Retirement Savings Made Easy

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 decision 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. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

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 and will be offered at the Issues Conference, Good Teaching Conferences North and South, and the Equity and Human Rights Conference.

Release time and reimbursement of Thursday night hotel room rate of $45 and $20 resort fee plus taxes will be provided for up to two CTA members from each local chapter with the required approval from the Chapter President. Release time is ONLY for release of the CTA member from work duties on Friday, January 20, 2017. CTA will reimburse the District upon receipt of an invoice for the release time. CTA will reimburse the member for the Thursday night hotel stay via a CTA Member Expense Statement form.

If also attending the main conference, you may qualify for transportation reimbursement (see transportation reimbursement section for details). We recommend one leader and one member from each chapter to register. The deadline to apply for release time is December 30, 2016. This is FREE to CTA members.