Event description

Introducing the Summer Institute – Home Edition!

Be sure to attend the upcoming Summer Institute – Home Edition!July 27-30, with a focus on preparing you and your local for the challenges that lie ahead, and a special emphasis on the unique issues we will all face as we get ready for the new school year in this new era of COVID-19.

The Summer Institute – Home Edition! is provided free of charge to CTA members. Do not miss this extraordinary opportunity!

Online Conference Format

This year, CTA is taking the Summer Institute online! During registration, attendees are automatically enrolled in general sessions, and can choose from a wide range of elective sessions. All sessions will be conducted online using the video-conference platform Webex Events.

General sessions will take place first thing in the morning and be followed by a first daily elective. A second elective will take place early in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday, we will close this week of learning with an early afternoon general keynote.

Topics of Elective Sessions

The topics of the elective sessions will emulate our classic Summer Institute tracks:

  • Charter Educators Organizing & Bargaining: designed for charter union leaders and activists, the curriculum will address issues identified by charter school educators that disadvantage charter school students and schools.
  • Communications: these sessions will focus on storytelling, strategy and technology. Participants will learn why, when and how to use various communication tools for branding, education advocacy, member engagement campaigns and state and local elections.
  • Community Engagement & Coalition Building: these sessions will provide participants with the tools needed to deepen relationships, build power, and take collective action within their communities to foster student success. We will explore topics such as bargaining for the common good, being strike ready, and making unions relevant today in an evolving world.
  • Economic Justice: association leaders will be taught how to become knowledgeable and persuasive advocates for economic justice and the education profession, especially in these times of political extremes. Participants will be prepared to be effective in defending against privatization, attacks to public education and in promoting a just, democratic and equitable society.
  • Emerging Leaders: intended for all CTA members who are beginning their activism in their local union, the Emerging Leaders sessions are an intensive program designed to provide faculty/site representatives, association committee members and education advocates with the information, resources and skills needed to become effective organizers and future leaders of their local unions.
  • Bargaining Skills: participants will learn basic skills and knowledge important to all bargaining team members, with a focus on current bargaining issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Instruction and Professional Development: these sessions will focus on addressing the needs of educators on how to address trauma and self-care for students and themselves. The emphasis will be on developing classroom environments, curriculum, and instructional practices that allow students to thrive and persevere in their learning.
  • Member Benefits: these sessions will help association leaders build their skills to engage members in new ways, providing tools and resources to help your local stay on the right track and help you engineer through hazardous conditions as well. We’ll share great strategies to add variety to your Association’s member engagement and retention platforms.
  • Member Organizing: this virtual course will focus on the skills, abilities, and proven best practices to recruit, engage, and organize members in our chapters and at every worksite. We’ll also demonstrate practical tools for integrating our organizing to win on issues people care about and to strengthen our local unions. Please note that you must commit to attending all 4 sessions.
  • School Finance: in these sessions, attendees will learn to analyze district finance, and how to use this knowledge to prepare for negotiations during an economic recession.


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

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

Click here to learn more about Dr. Ginwright's session on Creating a Healing-Centered School

Agenda (subject to change)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Opening General Session - Toby Boyd
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Elective or Track Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Afternoon Elective
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM General Session
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Elective or Track Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Afternoon Elective
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CA State Budget Overview
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Elective or Track Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Afternoon Elective
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM General Session
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Elective or Track Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Closing Keynote

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. A maximum of 14 credits will be available (subject to change depending on the final schedule).

University Credit Available

University Credit will be available through California State University, Chico. Attendees are entitled to receive one unit of credit. To be eligible for university credit, you must attend all of the general sessions and electives.

You may register for the unit online prior to the conference. The cost for each semester unit is $75.00. Verification of university credit will be available online two to three weeks after the conference. There is a ONE year time limit for late requests. Requests are to be submitted online with late fee and is subject to approval.

Keynote Speaker

Our Closing Keynote on Thursday, July 30, will be Toni Adkins, CA State Senator.

Toni G. Atkins was born and raised in southwestern Virginia, the daughter of a miner and a seamstress, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia.

In 1985, she moved across the country to San Diego, Calif., to help care for her sister's young son while her sister served in the U.S. Navy. In San Diego, before becoming involved in public service, she worked as director of clinic services at Womancare Health Center.


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We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Brain Games Social Event as part of the 2020 Summer Institute - Home Edition! on Monday, July 27 at 4 PM.

Join your fellow attendees and compete against other teams to solve online puzzles, riddles, and trivia in this brain-boggling virtual competition. Teams will be randomly assigned, so it will be a great way to meet other CTA members, have some FUN, and win PRIZES!!!

Each participant on the top three teams will win an Amazon gift card!

  • 1st Place = $75 for each team member
  • 2nd Place = $50 for each team member
  • 3rd Place = $25 for each team member

Gift cards will be emailed to attendees after the event.

Space is limited, so don't forget to save a spot during registration.