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The Challenge of Change-Refresh, Renew, Refocus.

Come to the CTA Issues Conference to understand and embrace the challenges facing educators in today’s post-Janus environment 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 year’s agenda! The 2019 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: Organizing for Member Retention, Recruitment, and Engagement!  Planning Your Year; Building Strong Sites Through Distributed Leadership; CAL STRS Retirement Essentials; PERS Retirement Essentials; Loss of Fair Share—What Does It Mean?  What Will We Do? and many more.

This year, we are fortunate to have Dr. Gordon Lafer, Associate Professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center as our primary keynote speaker.  His areas of expertise include labor law, union organizing, collective bargaining and the impact of charter schools on public education in the United States as published in his Breaking Point Report, May 2018.  He is the author of The Job Training Charade and The One Percent Solution: How Corporations are Remaking American One State at a Time.

At the conference numerous exhibits will showcase CTA services 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 new skill sets, you will be stronger than ever as you stand together to refresh, renew and refocus on the importance of CTA’s involvement in the future of California’s diverse student populations and the future of the teaching profession.


Find out how you may get your transportation reimbursed!


ESP Leaders 

Did you know that CTA will pay the conference registration fee, two nights shared room and mileage/airfare (following CTA Member Expense Statement guidelines) for up to three ESP members from your local to attend the CTA Issues Conference? Click here for additional information for ESP Leaders. 


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.


Professional Growth credit will be available at no cost for CTA members.


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Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 | 10 am - 4 pm

Retirement Savings Made Easy

The Pre-Conference is full and no longer accepting registrations. 

CTA wants to help members realize their retirement dreams. This is a core union value and great way to engage local members. That’s why we are offering a one-day pre-conference to discuss what you need to know about your retirement plans. We’ll share with you some easy tools to help you choose the right type of savings for your retirement account.

We invite 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 in the local.

This pre-conference is free for CTA members. CTA will arrange for and pay for release time for first time participants (with priority given to new leaders and site reps) with the approval of your chapter president*. We encourage the chapter president to approve release time for one or more newer leaders, site reps, and members. Chapters may send members to one or more conferences.

*Release time is provided for up to three members per chapter plus Thursday night hotel cost (maximum amount of $75 room rate plus taxes) at the Tropicana Hotel for Issues Conference.