In early 2012 The California Teachers Association embarked upon a strategic planning process at the direction of its State Council of Education, and under the guidance of the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon. The process -- called "Your Voice, Our Union, Our Future" -- has been designed to build a long‐term plan for CTA that will engage all members and staff, look at what we are doing now and where we want to go, embrace new ideas, set priorities and focus organizational resources, and build the CTA we want for our future. The resulting strategic plan will be a "road map" for CTA's future.
In order to accomplish this goal, CTA relied on the people that know the organization best—the members and the staff Throughout in the process CTA reached out to CTA members in several different ways: two member surveys, including an online survey that was open to ALL CTA members, retired members and student members; discussions at CTA conferences, State Council meetings, Service Center Council meetings and local chapter meetings; and one-on-one interviews. CTA's current practices and structures were also reviewed and conversations were held with parents, education partners, community groups, state labor unions and business groups.
After months of talking with, listening to and getting input from CTA members and staff, committees were formed correlating to eight key areas identified upon which to focus and build a strategic plan to lead CTA for the next three to five years. These committees developed goals and tasks in each focus area. Out of those goals and tasks, a final Strategic Plan was developed and was submitted in October to CTA State Council for review. Council will vote on adoption of the plan in January 2014 after additional presentations and discussions with members at Service Center Council meetings, CTA trainings and conferences, and local chapter meetings.