Event description

CTA’s New Educator Weekend (NEW) is a new conference for new CTA members.  This NEW conference is for educators in their first three years in the profession. The New Educator Weekend has everything that educators need to be successful in their first years of teaching with sessions and electives concentrating on:

  • Classroom Management – Creating a productive and inspiring learning environment
  • Navigating IEP’s and Special Education Areas
  • What I wish I knew my first years of teaching
  • Working with colleagues, administration and parents
  • Common Core, State Standards, Assessments and Pedagogy
  • Teaching is a Career
  • Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Educators
  • Resources and Programs from CTA available to members

We are now allowing locals to reserve spots for groups of 5 or more to attend. Names can be submitted at a later date.



University Credit is available online from California State University Chico Department of Education.  One unit of University Credit is available to those attending the main conference. A second unit of University Credit is available to those attending the Pre-Conference.  If attending the Pre-Conference only, a reflection paper is due one week after the conclusion of the Conference. The cost is $60 per unit for CTA members, payable only online.  You can register online at http://rce.csuchico.edu/teachers/cta.

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



(subject to change)

Friday, March 8, 2019
10:00 am – 04:30 pm PRECONFERENCE – Member Benefits Workshops
04:00 pm – 09:00 pm Registration & Exhibit Tables
06:00 pm – 09:00 pm Evening Entertainment & Dinner


Saturday, March 9, 2019
08:00 am – 09:15 am Breakfast
09:15 am – 10:30 am Breakout Session #1
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions #2
12:15 pm – 01:15 pm Lunch
01:30 pm – 02:45 pm Breakout Sessions #3
03:00 pm – 04:15 pm Breakout Sessions #4
04:30 pm – 05:30 pm Keynote Panel Discussion
05:30 pm – 06:30 pm Reception
06:30 pm – 07:30 pm Caucus Meetings
07:30 pm Dinner on Own


Sunday, March 11, 2019
08:30 am – 09:00 am Coffee
09:00 am – 10:15 am Discussion Groups and Breakout Sessions
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Brunch & Keynote by Eric Heins, CTA President.


Date: Friday, March 8, 2019

A New Educator’s Journey – Together We Can Make a Difference
Come early on Friday for a special New Educator Weekend pre-conference

As you embark on your teaching career journey, you are bound to find yourself looking for directions or maybe a simpler route. CTA can help you navigate through some of life’s more challenging paths. Or better yet, assist with planning ahead. This pre-conference will help you get started in your teaching career journey with help on professional development resources , important contract provisions such as sick leave and family leave provisions, strategies for student debt, and financial planning.

As a new educator, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. We want to ensure you are aware of the key provisions of your teaching contract and the many benefits of CTA and NEA membership. During our day, we will cover the following:
- Key provisions of your teaching contract
- CTA professional development resources
- Understanding STRS and your retirement plan
- The value of CTA & NEA membership for you, your family, and your career;
- Options for student debt

We are providing release time for this pre-conference, which means CTA Member Benefits will reimburse your employer for your substitute on Friday, March 8, 2019 to assist with your availability to participate. Be sure to request release time and provide the necessary information when registering.

The Friday pre-conference is FREE, and SPACE IS LIMITED.


Pre-Conference Agenda-at-a-Glance (subject to change)

Friday, March 8, 2019

9:00 am – 10:00 am        NEW Pre-Conference Check-in and Continental Breakfast

10:00 am – 10:45 am      General Session Kick-off & Keynote

10:45 am – 12:15 pm      Workshop

12:15pm – 1:15 pm         Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm          Workshop

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm          Workshop

4:30 pm                           End of Pre-Conference