Event description

Stronger Than Ever, We Stand Together

Come to the CTA Issues Conference to understand and embrace the challenges facing educators today in our local communities and statewide.  You can shape the educational future for our youth and have a positive and dynamic impact in the classroom, on our culture and in our society.  Learn how at the CTA Issues Conference!

We are offering many new and updated sessions again in this years agenda! The 2018 conference will feature dynamic and inspirational keynote speakers, session presenters, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues and education thought leaders from around the state.

The conference will include an array of up-to-date elective skill building sessions and informative, relevant topic sessions for you to chose from including: Membership Engagement – Always, All Ways, All Days; Positive School Discipline; LCAP and On the Frontline: the School to Prison Pipeline  and many more.

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.

After attending sessions on current issues, collaborating with colleagues to invest in lasting relationships and acquiring skill-sets, you will be stronger than ever as we stand together to shape the future of education for our youth and the society in which they live.

Session Highlights 

  • Adult on Adult Bullying at Schools: The Silent Epidemic
  • Ethnic Minority Leadership Development: Communication for Effective Leadership
  • Member Engagement – The Key to a Stronger Union
  • Next Level: Parent and Community Organizing
  • Rights and Responsibilities for ESP

View a full list of Issues Conference Elective sessions here.

Additional information for ESP leaders and ESP Grants

Find out how you may get your transportation reimbursed!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – ALAN J DALY Ph.D, University of California, San Diego

Better Together: The Power of Networks for Leveraging the Collective Potential

EARLY REGISTRATION INCENTIVE: Register by December 2, 2017 and you will be placed in a drawing to have Saturday lunch with CTA President Eric C. Heins, Vice President Dr. Theresa Montaño or Secretary-Treasurer David Goldberg.


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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Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 | 10 am - 4 pm

Journey to Financial Independence

The Pre-Conference is now full. Please contact Liz Moore at LMoore@cta.org to be added to the wait list. 

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; except for Issues, which is limited to 3 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.

For Issues Conference only, release time and reimbursement of Thursday night hotel room rate of $45 and $20 resort fee plus taxes will be provided for up to 3 leaders and/or site reps per chapter. CTA will reimburse the leader or site rep for the Thursday night hotel stay via a CTA Member Expense Statement form.

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, January 26, 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.