2020 Presidents Conference (Home Edition!) Virtual Pass

General Sessions

Opening Keynote Session with CTA President, E. Toby Boyd

Welcome and introduction from CTA President Toby Boyd. President Boyd shares insights about the important role that local presidents have and how they can be successful.

Closing Keynote Session with CTA President, E. Toby. Boyd

New Presidents

New Presidents Training – Module 1-4

These 4 modules are designed for new presidents to assist them in learning their new role as local leaders.

Presenters: Karmen Ortloff & Kenya Spearman


Member Organizing – Planning Your Year

In this virtual webinar, chapter presidents and other chapter leaders will gain an introduction to the fundamental tools and approaches necessary to build a strong chapter. Given our current context with proposals to drastically cut an already underfunded public education system, require educators and students to return to school without adequate health and safety plans, now is the time to intensify our organizing against these cuts and ill‐founded proposals that put students and educators at risk. To win these campaigns, the foundation of building chapter power begins at our school and work sites. Participants will learn some best practices for welcoming new educators into our union, building site structures, the importance of site leadership, union membership, and overcoming objections to union membership.

Presenters: Caroline Gonzales, Memo Durgin, Arleigh Kidd & David Partida


eOrganizing Digital Toolbox New CTA Website + Action Network + Social Media

In an era of mass online activism, how can we use digital tools and tactics to harness the power of energized members and allies? Join this training for an overview of the tools we have at our fingertips starting with the NEW CTA website and the powerful tools within Action Network. We’ll also discuss best practices and tips for cutting through the noise and build power for your local through social media. Learn about which platforms can best help build an organizing culture, engage members and community members, improve communication with members and the community, promote coalition building, and advocate for public education and social justice.

Presenters: Cyndi Menzel, Sam DeMuro & Terry Ng

Leadership Resources and Member Engagement Strategies

This new world of online advocacy, distance learning and social media blended with offline, real time activism provides greater opportunities for member engagement. We’ll discuss and share examples of online member engagement strategies and actions, both internally and externally. In this session, we’ll share resources and strategies to help your member and community engagement campaigns be more effective, efficient and successful. We’ll also provide a review of resources and a schedule of localized, topic‐specific online training that will sharpen your skills in media relations, interview skills and getting news media to take notice of what’s happening in your local. We’ll discuss resources and strategies to help you and your members better participate in local, state and national conversations.

Presenters: Ed Sibby & Katharine Fong

Governmental Relations

Candidate Recruitment and Recommendation Process

In this session we will talk about the rationale and techniques behind ways to help you and yours find and recruit candidates to run for your local school or college board of education. We will also discuss the importance of why it’s so critical to recommend candidates running for your local board and how to create an endorsement process that is consistent, transparent and fair to your membership and the candidates you interview.

Presenter: Rick Wathen

Building and Maintaining Relationships with School Boards and College Trustees

This workshop will explore the importance of building and cultivating relationships with School Board and College trustees. We will review practical strategies and metrics that can be used by local chapters to maximize the level of cooperation between educators and elected leaders.

Presenters: Eric Alfaro & Rick Wathen

Human Rights

Intersectionality of Organizing

In a strong local, the strengths of the diverse members are utilized. Reaching out and involving the membership is valued. Diversity among members and students is viewed as a benefit. Furthermore, understanding intersectionality can assist a chapter in creating an all‐inclusive, high participating local. Participants will look at how intersectionality can be used in organizing and advocacy for public education. There are successful strategies that have been used by chapters to promote cross‐cultural understanding among members, among students in the classrooms and their families. These approaches support effective learning environments and greater advocacy for public education. This session will outline ideas and resources for developing on‐going equity programs and greater involvement in your chapter.

Presenters: David Hernandez, Mary Levi & Temish Brame-Carter

Looking at Union Work Through a Social Justice Lens

Social justice focuses on equity for all. It requires action and systemic change. Too often bandage‐type solutions are inadequately used to solve urgent and emerging problems. A social justice lens provides a framework for our union and for our schools to help guide policy, plan actions, and evaluate resources for social change. Participants will engage in dialogue and receive ideas and resources on how to work with their chapter to expand the union’s purpose within the bigger picture of social justice.

Presenters: Lisa Adams & Aisha Blanchard‐Young

What Chapters Leaders Need to Know About Black Lives Matter and the Fight for Racial Justice

Saying “Black Lives Matter” isn’t enough: we need to actively show it in our work toward anti‐racism on a personal, structural, and institutional level. As union leaders and members, we must continue the call for racial justice and to hold powerful people, organizations, and each other, accountable. In this session we will discuss:

  1. Why locals should be part of the fight for racial justice.
  2. How to talk to your members, district and community about Black Lives Matter, Anti‐Racism and Racial Justice.
  3. Resources to engage your chapter in Racial Justice work.

Presenters: Lisa Adams & Aisha Blanchard‐Young


As educators we must learn what stress is, what it does to our bodies, and how we can control it so that we can accomplish our personal, professional, and Association goals. This session examines how to effectively manage stress through lifestyle and behavioral changes.

Presenter: Alyson Brauning

An Exploration into SOGI Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Schools

Do you have LGBTQ+ students and/or colleagues? Do you have the courage to create a safe environment that fosters bravery to explore sexual orientation, gender identity and expression? This workshop is a transformative experience into privilege, identity, laws and terms as it applies to SOGI. It may be of particular interest to those who want to foster positive relations and support LGBTQ+ students and colleagues.

Presenter: C. Scott Miller

Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for CTA Leaders

There are many items to juggle as a Chapter President and leader. Advocacy on issues that challenge the identity of members and students are particularly vital. This session will most benefit those who want to develop skill and provide member resources in dealing with, organizing and engaging members in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity concepts.

Presenters: Nichole DeVore & Daniel Gallegos

Fiduciary Responsibilities

This session focus is on the President’s fiduciary responsibilities which includes working with the district in ensuring a healthy and safe environment prior to the re‐opening of public schools, the performing of the duty of fair representation, and the enacting of oversight over association finances.

Presenter: Scott Postel


What Presidents Need to Know About Distance Learning

This webinar will examine new realities about teaching and learning for our members. As a chapter president, your role places you in the driver’s seat to ensure your members have the necessary tools, training, and devices for online or distance learning. As your members, students, parents, and communities cope with a new normal and ongoing pandemic issues, it is crucial to know what to be prepared for and how to support your members during this transition to different models of delivering instruction, ensuring access and equity, and keeping everyone safe.

Presenters: Marlene Fong, Adam Ebrahim & Drew Warden

Special Education Post COVID-19

Returning to school will be anything but normal in the Fall. Many special education teachers and support providers are facing extensive workload issues as they make up IEP meetings, assessments, and in some cases deal with making up services from the Spring. How do leaders navigate this changing field on behalf of their members to ensure equitable working conditions and equitable learning conditions?

Presenters: Karen Taylor & Tom Pinkava

Institute for Teaching: Utilizing IFT Resources for Member Engagement

One of the keys to breaking through barriers and building capacity at a local level is member engagement. This session will provide an overview of how the Institute for Teaching’s (IFT) strength‐based approach has empowered CTA members to transform their classrooms, their schools and their school communities. Over the last 10 years, the IFT grant program has engaged members statewide and provided over 4.1 million dollars in resources to fund the passions that our members feel for their work and their students. The IFT awards grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for classroom or school site projects.

Presenter: Anita Benitas


What President’s Should Know About Employer Bargaining Obligations in Difficult COVID‐19 Times – Part 1 & 2

CTA’s Legal Department and CTA’s Center for Organizing and Bargaining (C4OB) have joined together to provide presidents and chapter leaders with an overview of the key legal issues related to collective bargaining in difficult economic times. Presidents will leave this session more familiar with their and their district’s rights and responsibilities and will have an understanding of key legal terms relating to negotiations (i.e., demand to consult/bargain, impact bargaining, mandatory vs. permissive subjects of bargaining, unilateral changes, employer claims of “emergency” and “business necessity” to avoid bargaining), as well as practical pointers regarding bargaining and organizing opportunities.

Presenters: Jean Shin & Mandy Hu

Member Benefits

Get on the Right Track with CTA/NEA Member Benefits

All Aboard! Looking for new ways to connect with and engage your members? We’ll share great strategies to add variety to your Association’s member engagement and retention efforts. Member Benefits staff will provide you with the Leader Pocket Guide and tips on how to use Member Benefits in your member organizing strategies, from one‐on‐ones to chapter events. Also, to assist with building member appreciation and loyalty, an overview of all Member Benefits will be provided including information on the CTA Retirement Savings Plan. Join us and learn how to use one of the many tools available to you when demonstrating the value of membership.

Presenters: Henry Ahn, Mindy Bartlett & Sean Mabey

Journey to Financial Independence

CTA wants you to have a long and happy retirement. CalSTRS and CalPERS will only cover about half of the income you will need in retirement, so it is essential that you start a retirement savings plan to make up the difference. There are a lot of plans offered to educators, but many have high fees or surrender charges. In this session, we will help you get started toward a financially secure retirement and avoid the suboptimal plans. We will review the basics of saving for retirement using easy‐to understand terms. We will highlight the CTA Retirement Savings Plan which was designed for educators and the only plan endorsed by CTA. This plan has a simple “quick enrollment” process that makes saving for retirement easy.

Presenters: Gary Allen, Henry Ahn & Mindy Bartlett


Working Together While Apart – Organizing Through Technology with CTA’s Membership Tools

Get trained on CTA 360Pro and the CTA 360 app, CTA’s Membership tools for local leaders. Bring your device and follow along to learn to mobilize your membership with the CTA 360 app. In this interactive session we will show you how to more effectively manage your membership data, update contact information, assign chapter and site roles and have all your membership data at your fingertips as you plan your organizing efforts. You will learn how to enroll new members via the app –no paper form required. We will show you how to access detailed membership reports and identify potential members.

Presenters: Rosanne Hugo & Gabby Reilly

Strengthen Your Local – A Leader’s Guide to Membership

All local leaders, membership chairs and site reps play a crucial part in recruiting, engaging and maintaining membership for your local. Attend this fast‐paced session to get familiar with the important roll you fulfill regarding local membership management. Learn how to communicate the value of membership, answer the tough questions, understand your role in member retention and how to easily keep records current. You will learn about all the apps and resources available to you locally. We will also introduce you to all the various ways to sign up new members, including the brand‐new online enrollment. Take this course to energize and organize your membership efforts.

Presenter: Steve Perry