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Housing FAQ

What room types are available?

Single, Private Bath ($680): One conference participant with two twin beds in a room with a private bath.

Double, Private Bath ($420): Two conference participants with two twin beds in a room with a private bath.

Single, Shared Bath ($580): One conference participant with two twin beds in a room that connects with another room through a shared bath. Available only in Sunset Village.

Double, Shared Bath ($375): Two conference participants with two twin beds in a room that connects with another room through a shared bath. Available only in Sunset Village.

Commuter ($355): Fee includes meals on Sunday through Thursday, reception, materials and parking.

What room types are available?

Shared baths are shared between two rooms and private to those two rooms only. Each shared bath features two sinks, a spacious counter top vanity and mirror, a private enclosed shower area and a private enclosed toilet.

What amenities are included in the rooms?

Each room is equipped with two twin beds, dressers, desks and closets. The rooms also have an in-room phone, wireless internet access, linens, bathroom amenities and daily maid service. The linens are dormitory quality so feel free to bring along a favorite pillow or blanket for added comfort. A limited number of hair dryers and irons/ironing board can be checked out at each front desk.

Are rooms air-conditioned?

Yes, rooms are air-conditioned.

How do I find a roommate?

You will need to provide the name of your roommate if you are sharing a room. If you wish to share a room and no name is indicated, UCLA will assign a roommate for you.

What is included in the registration/housing fees?

The registration fee is per Institute participant and includes UCLA housing, conference meals, receptions, conference materials and parking.

Can I have a spouse/child/friend stay with me?

Yes. To room with someone who is not an Institute participant, you must register for a Single, Private Bath with Non Participant Guest room in your registration. The cost is $925 and includes shared accommodations in your private bath room, conference meals, receptions and access to UCLA facilities. There is a maximum of two people allowed per room.

Where is the housing located?

Housing and training are located on the campus of UCLA, using facilities within UCLA’s Sunset Village, Tom Bradley International Hall and De Neve Plaza.

Is there a lot of walking?

The campuses are somewhat spread out so be prepared for extensive walking. Limited shuttle service will be available between housing areas and to and from parking garages. Also, the weather in August can be very hot. To be comfortable during your stay, it is advisable to wear walking shoes and warm weather clothing.

What meals are included?

All Institute participants will be provided with three meals daily, beginning with lunch on Sunday, July 28 and ending with breakfast on Thursday, August 1. All meals are served in the award-winning all-you-care-to-eat dining rooms located in Sunset Village and Sproul Hall.

Can I bring a guest to meals?

Guests registered and staying with you in your room will have access to all meals.

What’s nearby?

Westwood Village, known for its unique shops, restaurants and entertainment possibilities is within easy walking distance of the conference center. Visit for more information.

Transportation FAQ

What airport should I fly into?

Those traveling by plane should fly into LAX or Burbank. United Airlines offers 5%-13% discount on internet fares for CTA members. Book online at, and enter the CTA discount code, ZFQS863579, when searching for flights.

How do I get to UCLA from the airport?

The recommended way to get to UCLA is via a shuttle. Shuttle reservations should be made in advance through Super Shuttle by clicking here.  Enter 49JDU to receive a 10% discount.

How much does parking cost?

Parking is included in your registration fee but is limited. All are encouraged to carpool or find alternate modes of transportation to the Summer Institute.

Where do I park?

Parking areas will be spread out across campus away from the housing areas. Limited shuttle service will be available between housing areas and to and from parking garages. If you request a parking pass during registration, you will be notified of your parking location in a reminder email the week of the Institute.


Member Engagement StrandMember Benefits StrandInstruction and Professional Development (IPD) StrandCommunity Engagement StrandCommunications StrandSchool Finance TrackFundamental Skills for Bargaining Chairs TrackEssential Bargaining Skills TrackEmerging Leaders TrackEconomic Justice Track

Across California and throughout the nation educators are joining together and winning great things for our students, colleagues, and communities. Member leadership, participation, and unity are at the heart of these victories. From this foundation, our union has the power to achieve real gains for public education at our school sites, in our districts, and in the capital. However, an active membership doesn’t just spontaneously happen overnight. It requires a proactive plan to bring people together to work for what they believe in and care about.

In this course, we will focus on the strategies and best practices to recruit, engage, and organize members in our local union chapters and at every worksite. Participants will leave with concrete tools and practical skills to keep high membership, increase member leadership and involvement at every site, and build a vibrant chapter that has the power to win.

Who should attend?

If you are responsible for the member outreach, organizing, and mobilization program across your local union chapter or at your worksite, then this is the course for you.

In this introductory-level course on Member Engagement we’ll master the foundational skills and knowledge for keeping membership strong and increasing member participation.  Chapter officers, executive board members, membership chairpersons, member organizers, and union site representatives are all welcome to attend.

Our Approach: Education for Action!

Building organizational strength to win for our members, students, and communities will be front and center in this course.  Through a participatory, applied format learning we’ll provide opportunities to reflect on your experience, practice skills, discuss new information, and plan for ways to put things learned during the week into action back at home. We’ll generate ideas using a member engagement planning tool throughout the week and will share ideas with fellow participants.

Please contact Laura Kurre, Center for Organizing and Bargaining with any questions you may have.  510-775-4252

Get on the Right Track with Member Benefits

All Aboard!  Association leaders will want to make a stop at the Member Benefits Station (Strand) during Summer Institute this year.  This popular trip helps associations build their skills to engage members in new ways.

Don’t just chug along, shake it up a bit and add some excitement with Member Benefits.

Our conductors will fill passengers’ travel bags with Member Benefits tools and resources to help your local stay on the right track and reach your destination (goals) 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.

You’ll learn about many member engagement activities including:

  • Building member appreciation, involvement, and loyalty
  • Retaining and growing your membership
  • Sharing information about exciting Member Benefits programs and discounts
  • Using the value of membership and Member Benefits to engage members
  • Improving your members’ financial well-being with tools to make saving for retirement easy
  • Combatting threats from anti-union sentiments and campaigns

For questions about this fun-filled five-day journey, contact the CTA Member Benefits Department at 650-552-5200.

The theme for this year’s Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Summer Institute strand is: Understanding How the Brain Impacts Student Learning. The strand will offer keynote speakers, teacher-led elective sessions for grades preK-12 and Higher Education, and a presentation from the California Department of Education. All sessions will highlight the importance of brain-based learning for students and educators.

We are very excited about this year’s strand as we combine what we know about the brain and provide specific tools and teaching strategies that make the research useful for classroom learning.

Our strand is multi-faceted and designed for classroom teachers, school site administrators, curriculum coordinators, district administrators, university educators, and many more. District level or school site teams are encouraged to attend.

Participants will experience meaningful, highly interactive sessions from keynote speakers and elective sessions. All sessions provide practical tools and resources educators can readily use in their classrooms the next day.

Topics covered in the strand include:
• Brain-Based Teaching and Learning
• Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
• Trauma Informed Practices
• Self-Care for Educators
• Mindfulness
• Culturally Relevant Teaching
• Student Engagement

Join us to learn more about brain-based teaching and learning. You can use LCFF funds or Title I, II and III categorical funds to register for this invaluable professional development opportunity. Contact your district and local association for more information on funding opportunities.

Keynote Speakers include: Kenneth Wesson – Neuroscientist, Jon Pearson – Imagination Guru and Charlie Appelstein – Emotional/Behavioral Expert.

Click here to download a flyer.  For program information, contact Jeremiah Hewitt at

Through the lens of Social Justice Unionism , the Community Engagement Strand 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 hear stories from those that were on the picket line in Los Angeles and Oakland and how strategic power building helped these locals win. For participants to get the most out of this strand, it is highly recommended that locals send a team of at least three members already invested in community engagement. The local may wish to extend an invitation to non-CTA members such as a non-CTA classified staff, parent leader and/or community ally.

For program information, contact Salina Joiner at

The Communications Strand at CTA’s Summer Institute emphasizes 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. There will be skill-building sessions on creating and maintaining social media platforms, professional speaking, writing for print and digital, working with news media and creating digital content, like video, graphics and photography.

Connect with other CTA members and learn about how they mobilized members and the public to promote their student-centered agenda and to advocate for the profession. This session is great for communications committee chairs, those who are in charge of a local association’s digital presence — social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and web, as well as those who are taking a leadership role and need to hone their public speaking and advocacy skills. Because many of the sessions will demonstrate how to advocate using your mobile device, participants need to bring their own smart phone, tablets and/or laptops.

For questions, contact Amy Feldman

The School Finance Track is designed for negotiators who have previously completed the Essential Bargaining Skills Track at Summer Institute. Please note that those not meeting this prerequisite for this track will not be admitted.

This session is designed for association leaders and bargaining team members who want to become more knowledgeable about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and school district budgets. The skills and knowledge obtained from this training will sharpen your skills to manage financial data and increase your confidence to handle the impact of the budget on bargaining. Training includes tracking the trends of budget priorities, calculating the cost of a bargaining proposal, determining a district’s ability to pay and developing comparability data to support bargaining objectives.

For program information, contact Dave Brown at

The Fundamental Skills for Bargaining Chairs track is designed for experienced bargaining team members who are the current or future Bargaining Chair. Participants must previously have completed Essential Bargaining Skills AND School Finance tracks at Summer Institute in addition to at least one year of experience on a local bargaining team. Those not meeting these prerequisites for this track will not be admitted.

This track will provide fundamental skills and knowledge for a Bargaining Chair, including team management, analyzing contract language, identifying key elements of a district budget, the bargaining process through impasse and beyond, and planning your bargaining from initial proposal to strike or settlement.

For program questions, contact Kris Dickson at

Attendees of the Essential Bargaining Skills Track will participate in activities designed to build the skills of bargaining team members. The trainers will guide the participants using a “Ten Step” bargaining path to learn what the association and the bargaining team must do to be successful in bargaining. This is a highly interactive session utilizing true to life issues. Participants will form bargaining teams, bargain an agreement and work through extensive coaching and debriefing sessions to determine what strategies were successful. Lessons build on one another, making it essential for participants to attend every session.

Attendees will be expected to participate fully starting on Sunday afternoon through Thursday morning.

For program questions, contact Alva Rivera at

Intended for all CTA members who are beginning their activism in their local union, the Emerging Leaders Track is 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. Participants will acquire knowledge and skills in the basic concepts of unionism and advocacy, union history, union structure and effective relational organizing strategies. A variety of activities are designed to enhance the experience participants will have over the course of the week.

Members interested in obtaining bargaining or grievance representation skills should not attend this track. Additionally, potential participants should be aware of the targeted audience and the nature of this track before signing up to participate. Accurate contact information for individual participants is essential when signing up for the track.

For program questions, contact Rose Luna at

The Economic Justice Track will support association leaders in becoming 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.

We will explore the growing economic and social inequality in the U.S., basics of the tax system, the California school funding system and how these subjects are connected. Special emphasis will be placed on strengthening leaders’ understanding of the issues, our unifying message on increasing school funding and how to successfully advocate our issues with credibility and ease. This training will prepare attendees to be eligible for participation in a presentation cadre on tax fairness and economic justice during the following year.

For program information, contact Angela Su at