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

Your experience at the New Educator Weekend is equal parts educational and transformational.  You’ll learn new skills and find solutions to real-life challenges.  You’ll leave the conference feeling inspired, motivated and with a knowledge of what you need to do to be even more successful on Monday morning in your classroom.  Download this Reasons to Attend NEW letter and share it with your principal to prove the value of attending the New Educator Weekend.

Want to send a group of teachers to the NEW? Download this letter and send it to your Principal or District Superintendent.  Many districts are open to sending new educators to meaningful and inspiring training conferences like the NEW.  This letter will help show the value of sending all new educators in your local.  Remember, CTA members are only $49.  Non-member pricing is $570.


Nicholas Ferroni named one of the “Most Influential Educators in America” and one of the “100 making a Difference” will be our keynote speaker on Saturday.  His expertise and strong opinions about education have made him a sought after expert on nationally known platforms including ABC’s ‘The View,’ MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and more.

While Ferroni was named by People Magazine as the “Sexiest Teacher Alive” he is best known for innovative and unique approaches to teaching his students.  His keynote will focus on how new educators can make a difference and why relationships and connections are essential to ensure student success.  Ferroni will share how one teacher and one Post-It Note changed his entire life and teaching mantra.



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 for CTA members.



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Date: Friday, December 6, 2019

Get on the Right Track with Member Benefits

Come early on Friday to a Special New Educator Weekend pre-conference.

Get on Board with Member Benefits is a popular pre-conference event, that helps new educators understand what is needed to jump start their career by learning about the value of Union membership.

The training, which is sure to not disappoint, will cover:

  • Key provisions of teaching contract (union contract)
  • CTA 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • The value of CTA & NEA membership for you, your family and your career

CTA Member Benefits will provide release time by reimbursing your employer for substitute costs for Friday, December 6, 2019. Reimbursement is contingent upon your full-day attendance at the pre-conference. You may request release time when registering for the pre-conference by providing the necessary contact information for your district.

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

Pre-Conference Agenda-at-a-Glance

Friday, December 6, 2019

9:00 am 10:00 am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
10:00 am 10:30 am Welcome
10:30 am 12:00 pm Workshop
12:00pm 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm 2:30 pm Workshop
2:30 pm 4:00 pm Workshop
4:00 pm End of Pre-Conference



(subject to change)

Friday, December 6, 2019

10:00 am – 4:30 pm PRECONFERENCE – Member Benefits Workshops
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Registration & Exhibit Tables
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Evening Entertainment & Dinner

Saturday, December 7, 2019

7:30 am – 8:20 am Breakfast & Creating a Brave Space
8:20 am – 9:20 am Keynote by Nicholas Ferroni: "Inspiration Over Information"
9:30 am – 10:45 am Breakout Sessions #1
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Breakout Sessions #2
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch - Women’s Caucus and LGBTQ+ Caucus
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Breakout Sessions #3
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Breakout Sessions #4
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Entering the WATT-age: We All Triumph Together
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm Dinner on Own

Sunday, December 8, 2019

8:00 am – 9:00 am Coffee & Ethnic Caucuses
9:15 am – 10:30 am Discussion Groups and Breakout Sessions
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Brunch & Keynote by E. Toby Boyd, CTA President.