Event description

The premier training of its kind, CTA’s Summer Institute takes place on the campus of UCLA. Offering session in a variety of areas that assist chapter leaders in the day-to-day representation of their members, this five-day event will feature hands-on activities to hone the skills needed to meet the challenges of the coming year.

University Credit Available
CTA Conferences are approved for university credit through the CSU Chico Department of Education. Three semester units of credit is available at this conference with full participation. The cost is $60 per unit. Click here to purchase the unit.
Professional Growth Hours Available
Professional Growth credit will be available at no cost for CTA members and will be emailed within two weeks of the conference.

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This year the Summer Institute offers six full-week strands with tracks of instruction that span Sunday to Thursday. Participants register for the track of their choice. Some sessions fill up quickly, so it is important to register as early as possible. You may be waitlisted if your first choice is not available at registration. You will be given the opportunity to register for other available strands/tracks while you are waitlisted for your first choice.

Here’s the list of available strands/tracks. For more details about each strand click here.

  • Bargaining and Finance Strand
    • Economic Justice Track
    • Emerging Leaders Track
    • Essential Bargaining Skills Track
    • Fundamental Skills for Bargaining Chairs Track
    • School Finance Track
  • Communications Strand
  • Community Engagement Strand
  • Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Strand
  • Member Benefits Strand
  • Member Engagement Strand


The Summer Institute begins on Sunday, July 28 with registration opening at 10:00 am and instruction beginning at 1:00 pm. All week-long strands will begin instruction at this time.

Sunday, July 28

10:00 am – 1:00 pm          Registration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm          Strand Instructional Sessions Begin
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm          Opening General Session
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm        Summer Institute Welcome Reception

Monday, July 29

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Instructional Session by Strand (may vary slightly by strand)
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm          Bonus Elective – CA Budget Primer 2019-2020
7:30 pm -10:30 pm          Casino Night
8:00 pm                           Movie

Tuesday, July 30

8:30 am – 5:00 pm           Instructional Session by Strand (may vary slightly by strand)
5:30 pm                            Night on the Town - Play
8:00 pm                            Movie

Wednesday, July 31

8:30 am – 5:00 pm           Instructional Session by Strand (may vary slightly by strand)
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm          Bonus Elective
7:30 pm -10:30 pm          Reception and Dance
8:00 pm                            Movie

Thursday, August 1

8:30 am – 11:15 am        Instructional Session by Strand (may vary slightly by strand)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm      Closing General Session



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CTA has you covered each evening at Summer Institute. We have bonus electives planned after dinner followed by evening activities such as Casino Night, receptions and karaoke. You can also choose to relax and take in a movie complete with popcorn and candy.

We have group tickets to Miss Saigon at the Hollywood Pantages Theater on Tuesday, July 30th available to purchase when you register -  round trip transportation is included.

Miss Saigon is a musical based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Vietnamese woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly's story of marriage between an American lieutenant and a geisha is replaced by a romance between a US Marine and a South Vietnamese bar girl.

UCLA’s campus is just off Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and is located next to Westwood Village, known for its unique shops, restaurants and entertainment all within walking distance of the conference center. Click here for more information about Westwood Village.

CTA’s Summer Institute is a fully immersive professional development and leadership experience for CTA members from all parts of the state. Attendees learn from trainers and most importantly from each other. You will grow professionally and personally from your attendance at the Summer Institute. Be sure to take full advantage of not just the classroom training but from all the extra events and activities offered to you throughout the week. Watch the short video below for a sample of some of the great activities at the #CTASI.