Event description

This conference will capture the essence in CTA’s Mission Statement: to ensure that the dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected and to secure a more equitable and democratic society.

This unique conference offers dynamic speakers and more than 40 workshops to provide all CTA members with a greater understanding of the issues of diversity, equity and social justice.

Main Conference Highlights

Welcome and Entertainment – Friday Evening
The opening general session will begin on Friday evening and will feature opening remarks and a featured speaker. Take advantage of the opportunity to network with conference attendees and CTA officers.

Workshops of Interest – Saturday and Sunday
The Conference Planning Committee has arranged four workshop time slots, three on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. These workshops will cover topics of special interest in promoting diversity, social justice, reducing racism, addressing women’s issues and training on how to withstand attacks on public education. In all, you will be able to choose from nearly 40 workshops.

Human Rights Awards – Saturday Dinner
The CTA Human Rights Awards are presented annually to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves in the advancement and protection of the human and civil rights of CTA members and students. 

Student Entertainment – Sunday Brunch
Cougar Theatre, established in 2014, is a designated theatre program of excellence that aims to build community through quality performance art and service. Scholar-artists of Cougar Theatre succeed academically, and artistically through work-based learning experiences. Our program stands on pillars of academic excellence, artistic exploration, and community service.
The pieces presented this afternoon are student original works devised in a large group, collaborative setting. Each play is a verbatim piece, based on community member interviews and research. “Today” is a unique play that creates dialogue using transcripts and twitter feeds surrounding the issue of police brutality in America. “Still” is a play set in an art gallery inspired by Humans of New York that explores relevant topics among teens which might push them to consider self-harm or suicide; lack of LGBTQ visibility, bullying, body image, and isolation. Both plays are winners of the Young Writers Project in Hollywood. Cougar Theatre is a charter Thespian society, troupe #5311, and is a ComedySportz High School League member. To collaborate, finds us at www.cougartheatre.weebly.com or on Instagram @hhscougartheatre.


On-Site Childcare Program
New this year!  CTA is offering a no-charge child care program at the 2018 Equity & Human Rights Conference.  Childcare is available to all E&HR Conference attendees that are the primary caregiver of the child(ren) enrolled in Accent Childcare (better known as CTA Camp).While you’re attending the Conference, your children can participate in CTA Camp.  CTA Camp is a complete morning-to-early-evening entertainment program packed with activities for children ages 6 months to 16 years.Program includes morning and afternoon snacks, activities and crafts.  CTA will provide the meals based on the daily schedule below.  If you prefer to bring your own meals for your child(ren) you may do so.  Children participate in age-appropriate activities in a safe, nurturing and educational environment.  Children must be pre-registered to ensure proper staffing levels.

Day/Dates/Times of program:

    • *Friday, March 2 – 5:00pm – 9:00pm (dinner)
    • *Saturday, March 3 – 7:30am – 8:30pm (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
    • *Sunday, March 4 – 7:30am – 12:30pm (breakfast & lunch)

Please REGISTER HERE early as space in this program is limited.  Children 6 months to 18 months must be pre-registered)


Camp CTA/ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements, Inc.
Contact:  Jonni Adams
Phone:    (504) 524-1227
Fax:        (504) 524-1229
E-mail:    registration@accentoca.com


University Credit is available online from California State University Chico Department of Education.  One semester unit of credit is available at this conference.  The cost is $60 per unit and is payable by check or credit card.  Click here to purchase the unit.



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Journey to Financial Independence

Friday 2 March, 10am-4pm

This free one-day workshop gives educators the tools to plan for financial independence and create an engagement plan to share with local union colleagues. We are excited about a new approach to our retirement savings pre-conferences which includes inviting chapter leaders, membership chairpersons and site reps (up to 5 per chapter).

Why? Because CTA wants to help members reach their retirement dreams. This is a core union value and great way to engage local members. We are inviting local leaders, membership chairpersons and/or site reps to the conference to help them in their journey and identify opportunities to build an organizing campaign around this important issue with local members.

Chapters may participate in more than one conference. Release time is ONLY for release of the leader or site rep from work duties on Friday, March 2, 2018. CTA will reimburse the district upon receipt of an invoice for the release time.

All sessions take place on Friday before the main conferences and are from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Please call 650-552-5200 with any questions.