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June: Pride Month

Though June is when many schools end the year, take advantage of classroom time you have to teach students about equality, LGBTQ+ history, activism and activists. The Anti-Defamation League ( offers lesson plans for grades 4-12 and book recommendations. GLSEN ( has lesson plans and extensive resource guides for educators. Search for CTA’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month page at and NEA’s guidance on supporting LGBTQ+ youth at

NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards

Tune in to NEA’s virtual event ( honoring the 2021 Human and Civil Rights Award winners, drawn from educators and activists across the country. Festivities begin June 29, 5 p.m. PDT, prior to the start of NEA’s annual Representative Assembly (RA), which runs June 30–July 3.

CTA Summer Conferences

The Presidents Conference and CTA Summer Institute, with their plethora of professional development and leadership opportunities, continue to be virtual — out of an abundance of caution during the pandemic, but also to allow as many educators as possible to attend, no matter where they are. Bonus for members: The conferences are free, and university credit and professional growth hours are available! Details below. Register at

PBL World 2021
June 21–24   Conference
Virtual. “Racial Equity at the Center.” PBL World, sponsored by the nonprofit Buck Institute for Education, is the premier conference for Project Based Learning.

ASCD Annual Conference
June 23–25   Conference
Virtual. Choose from hundreds of concurrent sessions about virtually every education topic. Connect with fellow educators who are committed to serving students and changing our education landscape for the better.

ISTE Live 21
June 26–30     Conference
Virtual. “Designing a New Learning Landscape.” The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) holds its virtual conference June 26–30. On tap: hundreds of presentations and learning experiences by educators and other innovators, and on-demand content available to you for six months afterward.

NEA Representative Assembly
June 30–July 3     Convention
Virtual. NEA’s annual RA is the world’s largest democratic deliberative body with about 7,000 delegates. CTA members will help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. Delegates to this year’s meeting will use a virtual platform that allows for debate, voting on business items, and all other RA business.

Presidents Conference
July 12–16     Conference
Presidents Conference (2021 Home Edition!) is geared for local chapter leaders. It will provide new and returning presidents training designed to enhance your skills as leaders and help build systems of success for your chapters.

California MTSS Professional Learning Institute
July 20–22     Conference
Virtual. “Know Me, Include Me” is the theme of this year’s California MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) virtual conference, for classroom educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists, county office of education leaders, and community organizations working to create inclusive and equitable learning environments.
Speakers include Tyrone C. Howard, professor in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and inaugural director of UCLA’s Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. Howard is also director of UCLA’s Black Male Institute, and a native and former classroom teacher of Compton.

Summer Institute
July 26–29     Conference
Virtual. Summer Institute (2021 Home Edition!) focuses on preparing you and your chapter for the challenges that lie ahead. This year, CTA’s premier training conference will have a special emphasis on the unique issues we face as we return to classrooms for the new school year. Tracks and session topics include:

  • Communications: Storytelling and strategy; tools for branding, advocacy, member engagement.
  • Community Engagement and Coalition Building: Tools to deepen relationships, build power and take collective action to foster student success.
  • Economic Justice: Become knowledgeable and persuasive advocates for economic justice and the education profession.
  • Emerging Leaders: Information, resources and skills needed to become effective organizers.
  • Bargaining Skills: Learn the basics, with a focus on current bargaining issues during the pandemic.
  • Instruction and Professional Development: Focus on educator and student trauma and self-care; how to develop classroom environments and instructional practices that allow students to thrive and persevere.
  • Member Benefits: Build skills to engage members in new ways; tools and resources to help your local stay on track.
  • Member Organizing: Skills and best practices to recruit, engage and organize members.
  • School Finance: Learn to analyze district finances, and how to use this knowledge for negotiations.

CTA Events 2020-21

All conferences and meetings are virtual.

Region I Leadership Conference
Sept. 8–13, 2020

Region II Leadership Conference
Oct. 2–4, 2020

CCA Fall Conference
Oct. 9–11, 2020

State Council of Education
Oct. 23–25, 2020
Jan. 22–24, April 9–11, June 4–6, 2021

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference
Dec. 4–6, 2020

New Educator Weekend South
Dec. 10–13, 2020

Issues Conference
Jan. 14–17, 2021

CCA Winter Conference
Jan. 29–30, 2021

Good Teaching Conference North
Feb. 4–7, 2021

New Educator Weekend North
Feb. 18–21, 2021

Equity and Human Rights Conference
Feb. 24–27, 2021

Read Across America
March 2, 2021

CTA/NEA-Retired Issues Conference
March 2–5, 2021

Good Teaching Conference South
March 11–14, 2021

CCA Spring Conference
April 23–25, 2021

CTA Special Education Conference
April 30–May 2, 2021

California Day of the Teacher
May 12, 2021

May 18, 2021

Presidents Conference
July 12–16, 2021     (dates changed)

Summer Institute
July 26–29, 2021     (dates changed)


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