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Developing Strong Leaders

The Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development Program identifies CTA members of color who are interested in expanding their roles in CTA. EMEID’s goal is to increase the number of CTA leaders of color in roles such as: President, Bargaining Chair, State Council Rep, Service Center Council Chair and Officers and any other respected leadership role/position.

Once identified and accepted in the program, participants are paired with a coach who assists them in defining goals and identifying appropriate steps to achieve those goals. 

The program builds on existing CTA/NEA programs, trainings, conferences, events as well as incorporates interaction and coaching with Local Chapter, CTA, and NEA leadership and CTA Staff.

CTA has a long-standing commitment to increasing leaders and staff of color. EMEID reinforces our commitment to continue the efforts well into the future. 

The deadline for 2021 has passed.  Stay tuned to apply for EMEID Class of 2022-2023.

Key dates for Class of 2022-2023:

  • Apply online starting February 15, 2022
  • Application deadline is April 08, 2022
  • Applicants will be notified by May 13, 2022
  • Attendance of CTA’s Summer Institute, Emerging Leaders Track, July 24-28, 2022
  • Attendance of State Council, January 27-29, 2023

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EMEID Class of 2020-2021

One word to describe the Class of 2021 is resilient. The 2020-21 school year was an unprecedented year with a global pandemic impacting our participants’ personal and professional lives. Participants demonstrated initiative in creating opportunities to connect with their local in a virtual environment. Despite any challenges participants may have faced throughout the year, many of our participants achieved their goals to build relationships, expand on their knowledge of the locals and CTA, and building and supporting structures to strengthen their locals. The EMEID Workgroup appreciates the time and effort participants, Board, and CTA Staff coaches invested in meeting goals and objectives in an extraordinary year.


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EMEID Class of 2017-18

Increasing Diversity, Centering Voices

In many local chapters of the CTA, there is a significant lack of diversity within leadership roles. 

Even though there has been a steady increase in CTA members of color (reflecting California’s demographics), the number of leaders of color remains low. White women have been particularly successful in transitioning to leadership or staff roles at CTA, but it takes women of color longer to get there, if at all. Men of color have experienced similar struggles entering leadership roles, and are also diminishing in numbers in our classrooms.

EMEID was established as a systematic approach to sustain and increase the number of educators of color in leadership roles in CTA and its affiliates.

Learn more about  the 2019-2020 EMEID program participants!