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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Despite increased awareness and advances in treatment, breast cancer remains the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. This year, approximately 30 percent of all new cancer diagnoses for women will be breast cancer. October is a great month to donate to organizations working to fund mammograms and find a cure, such as Susan G. Komen, National Breast Cancer, or Stand Up to Cancer.


Hispanic Heritage Month

In California, 39 percent of the population is Latinx; Latinx students make up about 55 percent of the state’s 6 million-plus K-12 students. Educators can use Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15–Oct. 15, to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestry traces back to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Trailblazing examples are numerous. Sonia Sotomayor, for one, is the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her book Turning Pages: My Life Story is a current CTA California Reads pick for grades 3-5. In it, she tells young readers how books helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, deal with a diabetes diagnosis at age 7, and dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible. “Reading was like lighting candles, each book a flame that lit up the world around me.”

Get additional resources and lesson plans, including primary sources, at


Stop Bullying Now

While many classrooms are not meeting in person, bullying can still happen online and can traumatize children and older youth alike. Take advantage of National Bullying Prevention Month in October to get informed and help stop cyberbullying now. NEA offers seven micro-credentials that support bully-free schools, including “Cyberbullying/Cyber Safety.” Find more resources at and, and wear orange on Unity Day, Oct. 21, to show that bullying is never acceptable.


Remember Our Veterans

On Nov. 11 we honor all U.S. military veterans for their service. Help students understand the significance of Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice with lesson plans created by, and others. Download this year’s official poster at

Regional Leadership Conferences
Sept. 8–13     Region I
Oct. 2–4     Region II
Do you have what it takes to be an association leader? Learn the ropes or increase your skill set at a virtual leadership conference.

CTA Communications Awards
Oct. 9     Nomination Deadline
The Communications Awards Program recognizes and honors CTA chapters, service centers and UniServs that communicate effectively with their members.

CCA Fall Conference
Oct. 9–11     Conference
Virtual. The Community College Association’s fall conference offers a variety of trainings, highlights members’ accomplishments, and focuses on membership engagement.

Voluntary dues contribution
Nov. 1     Opt-Out Deadline
Voluntary annual contributions by members support CTA Foundation’s grants/scholarships and CTA’s advocacy efforts. New members are automatically enrolled in the default contribution of $10 for the CTA Foundation and $10 for advocacy. Members may change their allocation or opt out. New members have 30 days from the date of enrollment; previously enrolled members have a window from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1.

Presidential Election
Nov. 3     Election
Vote like your students depend on it. Get information on candidates and ballot initiatives, and volunteer to help CTA’s campaign. Register to vote by Oct. 19. All California voters will be sent vote-by-mail ballots; if you miss or lose yours, you can request another by Oct. 27.

American Education Week
Nov. 16–20     Event
American Education Week is celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving week. Honor students’ determination to learn; recognize the dedication of teachers, education support professionals, substitute teachers, and other educators; thank parents and community members who help students succeed; and rededicate the community at large to quality public education for every student. Find activities for every day of the week.

ISTE20 Live
Nov. 29–Dec. 5     Conference
Virtual. The International Society for Technology in Education, a nonprofit organization that advocates for education technology, describes this conference as the world’s largest distance learning classroom.

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference
Dec. 4–6     Conference
Virtual. The LGBTQ+ Issues Conference is open to all CTA members and provides a venue to discuss a variety of issues affecting educators, students and the community. Free for members.

Computer Science Education Week
Dec. 7–13     Event
CSEdWeek is an annual program that engages K-12 students in computer science. Its focus is Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science and programming. Lesson plans are available.

New Educator Weekend Home Edition
Dec. 10–13     Conference
Virtual. For educators in their first three years, NEW has everything you need to be successful, including sessions on classroom management, special education, state standards, assessments, and more. Free for members and Student CTA.

California STEAM Symposium
Dec. 11–13     Symposium
Virtual. Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation presents the eighth annual symposium supporting high-quality STEAM instruction. The event will focus on best practices for every learning environment and provide on-demand access to sessions.

CTA Events 2020-21

All conferences and meetings are virtual, except where noted.

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
Location TBD (April and June)

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference
Dec. 4–6, 2020

New Educator Weekend South
Dec. 10–13, 2020

Issues Conference
Jan. 13–17, 2021

CCA Winter Conference
Jan. 29–31, 2021

Good Teaching Conference North
Feb. 4–7, 2021

New Educator Weekend North
Feb. 18–21, 2021

CTA/NEA-Retired Conference
Feb. 25–26, 2021

Equity and Human Rights Conference
Feb. 26–28, 2021

Read Across America
March 2, 2021

Good Teaching Conference South
March 11–14, 2021

CCA Spring Conference
April 23–25, 2021

California Day of the Teacher
May 12, 2021

May 18, 2021

Presidents Conference
July 15–18, 2021

Summer Institute
July 25–29, 2021