Event description

The CTA Good Teaching Conferences continue to support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers via peer-to-peer instruction. Offering a variety of diverse workshops focused on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field of education. Join us on Friday for two newly updated and timely pre-conferences.

Your experience at the Good Teaching Conference 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 GTC letter and share it with your principal to prove the value of attending the Good Teaching Conference.

Want to send a group of teachers to the GTC? Download this letter and send it to your Principal or District Superintendent.  Many districts are open to sending educators to meaningful and inspiring training conferences. Remember, CTA members are only $195.  Non-member pricing is $585.

University Credit Available

CTA Conferences are approved for university credit through the CSU 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 a Pre-Conference.  If attending a Pre-Conference only, a reflection paper is due one week after the conclusion of the Conference. The cost is $75 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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Date: Friday, February 7, 2020

The Art of Inclusion: Inclusive Practices, IEP Rights and Responsibilities, and Supporting Our Most At-Risk Student Population (8:30am - 3:45pm)

Member: $25, Student CTA: $5, Non-member: $75

Currently in the state of California, many school districts are moving to an “inclusion” model in the general education classroom. This means that many of our general education teachers are working with an increased number of students with IEPs. This ONE DAY Pre-conference will address:

  • IEP rights and responsibilities of general and special education teachers and education support professionals
  • Inclusive instructional and behavioral practices at the elementary and secondary level
  • Understanding the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations of the Smarter Balanced Assessment

A Simple Plan for a Happy Retirement (10:00am - 4:00pm)

No Charge for CTA Members

We invite leaders and site reps to join us as at a complimentary 1-day workshop focused on retirement education. This a fun-filled day packed with useful information, and interactive games and activities. Empower yourself with the knowledge and resources to make sound decisions for your retirement planning. Engage your chapter by sharing the information with your members.

Learn about the CTA 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan and how it can help you achieve a long and happy retirement. The CTA Plan offers high-quality investment options, low fees, and does not use commissioned salespeople. Using a fiduciary standard of care, the CTA Plan is the only Union-endorsed plan that prioritizes your best interests. Take a simple step toward retirement by choosing the CTA Plan. Release time (for Friday only) will be arranged and paid for by CTA for up to five leaders and/or site reps for the Good Teaching Conference. CTA will reimburse the district upon the receipt of an invoice for the release time.

Questions? Call 650-552-5200 or write to Business_Initiatives@cta.org.

IFT Teacher Innovation Expo (9:00am - 4:00pm)

No Charge for CTA Members

Join us at the Pre-GTC #IFTExpo20 where you will be inspired by a glimpse at how educational dreams came true for forty-two CTA members in 2019-2020. The Institute for Teaching (IFT) awards Educator Grants (up to $5,000) and Impact Grants (up to $20,000) and distributed nearly $600,000 for classroom projects and activities thanks to our members' voluntary dues contributions! Meet the teachers who received these grants. Ask them questions. Get help with the grant writing process. Get ready to submit your proposal for the 2020-2021 school year! Dreams do come true!


Conference Participants:

  • Registration opens at 4 pm on Friday in the Market Street Foyer
  • Orientation starts at 6 pm on Friday in Regency 2

Click here to view the current workshop grid (subject to change).

Click here to view the current workshop descriptions (subject to change).

Agenda (subject to change)

Friday, February 7

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM CTA Registration Desk Market Foyer
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM CTA Exhibitor Showcase Market & Regency Foyers
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Conference Orientation Regency II
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Welcome Reception,
Buffet Dinner & Dance
Imperial Ballroom
6:30 PM - Friends of Bill W. Valley

Saturday, February 8

7:30 AM - 3:30 PM CTA Registration Desk Market Foyer
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM CTA Exhibitor Showcase Market & Regency Foyers
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM Light Continental Breakfast Market Foyer
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Keynote Session: Drawing Out the Best in Your Students
Jon Pearson, Education Consultant
Imperial Ballroom
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM Workshop Session 1 See Grid
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Workshop Session 2 See Grid
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch Buffet & General Session
Toby E. Boyd, CTA President
Imperial Ballroom
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Workshop Session 3 See Grid
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Workshop Session 4 See Grid
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Caucus Meetings See Grid
Dinner on Own

Sunday, February 9

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Coffee Service Cali. & South Tower Foyers
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CTA Registration Desk Market Foyer
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Workshop Session 5 See Grid
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Brunch & Closing General Session Imperial Ballroom
12:00 PM Conference Concludes


CTA Evening Activities
The Good Teaching Conference networking opportunities will leave you energized and connected with fellow California educators! On Friday evening, all attendees are invited to the Welcome Reception, Dinner and Dance in the Imperial Ballroom.

San Jose Area
There is an abundance of things to do in San Jose and its close environs. Downtown hosts the Tech Museum of Innovation, Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Pedro Square, movie theater and dozens of restaurants and shopping opportunities. Click here for more details on exciting things to do in San Jose!