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Earth Day, April 22

It’s not a day — it’s a movement, and time is of the essence. This year’s theme: “Invest in Our Planet.” Find classroom resources, lesson plans, and ways you and your students can take action at

Awareness and Heritage Months

Autism Acceptance Month in April is a time to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. Find information and resources at

April is School Library Month, celebrated by the American Association of School Librarians. Visit

April is Arab American Heritage Month. For information and resources, visit

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Find classroom resources at, where you can also search for “Tips for Helping Students With Hearing Loss in Virtual and In-Person Learning Settings.”

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. For information and resources, visit

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. For information and resources, visit

CAAASA Conference
March 30–April 1       Conference
Sheraton Grand Sacramento. “An Equitable Approach to Aligning Education and Health for the Success of African American and Other Students of Color.” California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators’ annual professional development summit. CTA is a sponsor of this event.

EMEID Leadership Program
April 8       Application Deadline
Members of color interested in CTA leadership roles may apply online starting Feb. 15 to the Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development program’s Class of 2022-23. Applicants will be notified by May 13. Participants will attend Summer Institute and State Council (January 2023).

John Swett Awards
April 13       Nomination Deadline (extended)
CTA’s John Swett Awards for Media Excellence recognize media professionals for outstanding coverage of education during 2021, and student journalism. CTA local chapters and Service Center Councils may nominate.

ASCD Annual Conference
April 20–22       Conference
Virtual. “Recharge and Reconnect.” Choose from over 70 sessions plus exclusive content. Connect with fellow educators who are committed to serving students and changing our education landscape for the better.

Region IV Leadership Conference
April 22–24       Conference
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. “Fight for the Present, Shape the Future.” Develops leadership skills and emphasizes that building strong local unions and school site structures through nuts-and-bolts organizing, including member and community engagement, is the key to a stronger union.

CCA Spring Conference
April 29–May 1       Conference
Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport. The Community College Association’s spring conference highlights membership and features the presentation of CCA’s WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards.

CTA Institute for Teaching Grants
April 30        Application deadline (extended)
IFT’s Grant Program demonstrates what CTA members can do when they have the freedom to create and invent. Apply for Educator Grants up to $5,000 and Impact Grants up to $20,000.

Día (Children’s Day)
April 30        Event
Hundreds of public and school libraries hold reading events to celebrate El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día. This national library program fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

NEA Foundation Grants
May 1       Application Deadline
The NEA Foundation gives Student Success, Learning & Leadership, and Envision Equity grants up to $5,000.

National Teacher Day
May 3       Event
National Teacher Day (also called Teacher Appreciation Day) is on Tuesday of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2–6).

CTA Communications Awards
May 6       Nomination Deadline
The Communications Awards Program recognizes and honors CTA chapters, service centers and UniServs that communicate effectively with their members.

National School Nurse Day
May 11       Event
Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has honored school nurses on the Wednesday of National Nurse Week (May 6–12).

California Day of the Teacher
May 11       Event
“California Educators: At the Heart of Communities, Powering Our Future.” Check out resources on our website and celebrate your school’s educators in style.

ESP Week
May 15–21       Event
Celebrate the vital contributions of education support professionals during ESP Week (observed by the state as Classified School Employee Week).

May 17       Event
Education support professionals make up one-third of the entire education workforce, and our schools could not run without them. CTA ESP Day celebrates the work of ESPs in our schools to make sure they know how much we appreciate them!

LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grants and Scholarships
May 31       Application Deadline
CTA’s LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa offers scholarships up to $2,500 to self-identified LGBTQ+ members pursuing an education career, and grants up to $2,500 for groups and projects promoting understanding and respect for LGBTQ+ persons. Applicants must be an active CTA or Student CTA member, or a student sponsored by an active member.

California Primary Election
June 7       Election
Together, let’s elect lawmakers and leaders who share our values and support public education, students, our profession and our communities. Deadline to register to vote is May 23. Check out our webpage to see CTA’s candidate recommendations.

CA LMI Summer Institute
June 21–23       Conference
San Diego. The California Labor Management Initiative Summer Institute brings together labor-management teams to energize partnerships, build community, and navigate the upcoming year together. Pre-conference on June 21 for new teams.

ISTE Live 22
June 26–29       Conference
New Orleans/virtual. The International Society for Technology in Education offers over 1,000 sessions presented by experts from education and beyond to provide practical, usable strategies for your classroom that you can implement right away.

PBL World 2022
June 27–30       Conference
American Canyon High School, Napa. PBL World, sponsored by the nonprofit Buck Institute for Education, is the premier conference for Project Based Learning.

NEA Representative Assembly
July 2–6              Convention
Chicago. NEA’s annual RA is the world’s largest democratic deliberative body with about 8,000 delegates. CTA members will help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business.

California MTSS Professional Learning Institute
July 12–14       Conference
Anaheim. “Hear Us, Together We Rise.” The fifth annual California MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) PLI brings together classroom educators, administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, school-based mental health clinicians, district leaders, county offices of education leaders, and community-based organizations to support the creation of inclusive and equitable learning environments.

Presidents Conference
July 14–17       Conference
TBD. This training will provide new and returning chapter presidents a foundation to rely upon as we prepare for future challenges, host a variety of informative skill-building sessions, and provide opportunities to network with other presidents.

QTEL Summer Institutes
July 18–22, July 25–29       Conferences
San Francisco/virtual. WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners team offers foundational professional development supporting high-quality education for English learners.

NSTA Chicago22
July 21–23       Conference
Chicago. The National Science Teaching Association’s national conference brings together educators, presenters and exhibitors, and features the latest tools and technologies for successful STEAM education.

Summer Institute
July 24–28       Conference
UCLA, Los Angeles. CTA’s premier training workshop offers sessions in areas that assist chapter leaders in the day-to-day representation and support of members. Sessions include Communications, Instruction and Professional Development, Emerging Leaders, Bargaining, School Finance, Healthcare Benefits and Issues, Legal, Member Benefits, and Community Engagement.

CTA Events 2021-22

Locations are TBD except where noted.

Region I Leadership Conference
Sept. 9–12, 2021

Region II Leadership Conference
Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2021

CCA Fall Conference
Oct. 15–17, 2021

State Council of Education
Oct. 22–24, 2021 (virtual)
Jan. 14–16 (virtual), March 25–27, May 20–22, 2022
Los Angeles

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference
Oct. 29–31, 2021
Palm Springs

Fall Special Education Conference
Nov. 5–7, 2021

Student CTA Fall Event
Nov. 6–7, 2021

New Educator Weekend South
Dec. 9–12, 2021

Issues Conference
Jan. 21–23, 2022
Virtual (changed)

Good Teaching Conference North
Jan. 28–30, 2022
Virtual (changed)

Region III Leadership Conference

CCA Winter Conference
Feb. 11–13, 2022
Virtual (changed)

New Educator Weekend North
Feb. 25–27, 2022
Santa Clara

Read Across America
March 2, 2022

CTA/NEA-Retired Issues Conference
March 3–4, 2022
Virtual (changed)

Equity and Human Rights Conference
March 4–6, 2022
Los Angeles

Good Teaching Conference South
March 18–20, 2022
Garden Grove

Region IV Leadership Conference
April 22–24, 2022
Costa Mesa

Student CTA Collaborative Forum
April 23–24, 2022

CCA Spring Conference
April 29–May 1, 2022

California Day of the Teacher
May 11, 2022

National School Nurse Day
May 11, 2022

May 17, 2022

Presidents Conference
July 14–17, 2022

Summer Institute
July 24–28, 2022


Featured image: Our annual poster for California Day of the Teacher, National School Nurse Day, and CTA ESP Day. Artist: Camila Gray, IllustrationX

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