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Here’s to a Happy, Healthy 2022!

We wish our educators, students and their families a happy new year! We are so grateful for all that you do and bring to the world. May 2022 bring you joy and wonder.

January is National Staying Healthy Month, so stay healthy and energized with sleep, exercise, good eating, and spending time with friends and loved ones.

CTA Conference Grants

Incentive grants can help you attend one of CTA’s scheduled in-person conferences in 2022. Applications are easy and quick; you only need to fill out one application to be considered for grants to all the conferences below. Grants cover registration and transportation and are available to new members, persons of color, members of small chapters, and special underrepresented groups (for the Equity and Human Rights Conference). For more information and to apply, visit

  • Issues Conference, Jan. 21–23, 2022, Las Vegas. Application cut-off: Nov. 8 at midnight.
  • Good Teaching Conference North, Jan. 28–30, 2022, Burlingame. Application cut-off: Nov. 8 at midnight.
  • Equity and Human Rights Conference, March 4–6, 2022, location TBD. Application cut-off: Jan. 3 at midnight.
  • Good Teaching Conference South, March 18–20, 2022, Garden Grove. Application cut-off: Jan. 3 at midnight.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 17

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. It honors Dr. King’s life of service and encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Students can participate in a multitude of ways, even during this pandemic. Find ideas, toolkits, action guides and classroom facilitator guides at Youth Service America’s website,

Ed Roberts Day

Jan. 23 is Ed Roberts Day in California, honoring the “Father of Independent Living” on the day of his birth. Roberts, born in 1939 in San Mateo, was an international leader and educator in the independent living and disability rights movements. He fought throughout his life to enable all persons with disabilities to fully participate in society. Roberts was the first student with significant disabilities to attend UC Berkeley and was a founder of UCB’s Physically Disabled Students Program. The program became the model for Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living (CIL) and over 400 independent living centers across the country; Roberts was an early director of CIL. He was also the California Department of Rehabilitation’s first director with a disability and was co-founder and president of the World Institute on Disability. He died in 1995.

Kindness Matters

Get students ready for The Great Kindness Challenge Week, Jan. 24–28. Sign up your school at, then download a checklist (available for younger and older kids) for students to complete during the week. Even a simple task such as smiling at someone, as the Dalai Lama says, “is the start of opening your heart to be compassionate to others.” And smiling is contagious!

Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, Jan. 30

Korematsu was jailed for his defiance of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans, which he contested as unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld his conviction; it was finally reversed in 1983. Find curriculum toolkits at the Korematsu Institute ( and standards-aligned lesson plans on the Japanese American experience during WWII — with its connections to current events — at PBS Learning Media (

Computer Science Education Week
Dec. 6–12       Event
#CSEdWeek is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in CS education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers and partners to the field. This year, look for #CSforSocialJustice, focusing on how computer science can serve as a catalyst for social justice work needed to bring rigorous CS and STEAM courses to underrepresented students. During the week, your class can join in Hour of Code, one-hour tutorials for all grade levels, at

New Educator Weekend (Home Edition!)
Dec. 9–12       Conference
Virtual. For educators in their first three years in the profession, this conference has everything you need to be successful, including sessions about classroom management, creating engaging classrooms, lesson plans and ideas, connecting with your union, student loan forgiveness information, member benefits, and project grants. (A twin conference, New Educator Weekend North, is planned to be held in person Feb. 25–27.)

2022 CTA ESP of the Year
Dec. 17       Nomination Deadline
Every year, CTA recognizes an education support professional whose activities reflect the contributions of ESPs to public education as the Paula J. Monroe CTA ESP of the Year. The honoree is acknowledged at the March State Council meeting and is California’s nominee for NEA ESP of the Year.
Nominations are now open for the 2022 ESP of the Year. Any CTA member may nominate an ESP member. The deadline is Dec. 17, 2021. Get more information and download the nomination form at

CTA State Gold Awards
Jan. 7       Nomination Deadline
Given to individuals (including private citizens and public officials) or organizations whose leadership, acts and support have had a positive impact on California public education. Any CTA member may nominate.

CTA Human Rights Awards
Jan. 7       Nomination Deadline
Given to CTA members, chapters and Service Center Councils to promote programs for the advancement and protection of human and civil rights. Any active CTA member, chapter, caucus or Service Center Council may nominate in the following categories:

  • African American Human Rights Award in Honor of Lois Tinson
  • American Indian/Alaska Native Human Rights Award in Honor of Jim Clark
  • César Chávez “Sí Se Puede” Human Rights Award
  • Pacific Asian American Human Rights Award
  • Human Rights Award for LGBTQ+ Advocacy in Honor of Nancy Bailey
  • Human Rights Award for Women’s Advocacy
  • CTA Peace and Justice Human Rights Award
  • CTA Member Human Rights Award
  • Students with Exceptional Needs Human Rights Award
  • CTA Chapter Human Rights Award
  • CTA Service Center Council Human Rights Awards

Issues Conference
Jan. 21–23       Conference
Tropicana Las Vegas, Nevada. Educators from rural and urban locals and education support professionals come together to learn, share, strategize, and unite together to determine the future of public education. Booking deadline: Jan. 6.

CTA Scholarships
Jan. 28       Application Deadline
The CTA Scholarship Program offers scholarships up to $3,000 to CTA members; up to $5,000 to dependent children of active members; and up to $5,000 to Student CTA members.

NEA RA State Delegate Candidacy
Jan. 28       Filing Deadline
Candidates for NEA Representative Assembly state delegate must submit a declaration of candidacy, starting Jan. 4.

Good Teaching Conference North
Jan. 28–30       Conference
Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame. Back in person! Let one of CTA’s premier training and professional development events kick off your new year. With all safety precautions in place, the conference supports excellent teaching practices and offers participants a variety of workshops on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers. Don’t miss great opportunities to learn from experts and one another, exchange ideas, and improve your skills. Booking deadline: Jan. 12.

Region III Leadership Conference
Feb. 4–6       Conference
Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles. “Challenging the Past — Reshaping the Future.” Includes Friday pre-sessions and over 40 leadership training sessions. Booking deadline: Jan. 20.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships
Feb. 11       Application Deadline
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarships up to $6,000 are available to CTA members, their dependents, and Student CTA members who are persons of color and are pursuing a teaching-related career.

CCA Winter Conference
Feb. 11–13       Conference
Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley. The Community College Association’s Winter Conference highlights advocacy, along with lobbying and contract enforcement issues. It will offer a bargaining, grievance and advocacy academy, and will address legislation pertaining to community colleges.

New Educator Weekend North
Feb. 25–27       Conference
Santa Clara Marriott. For educators in their first three years, NEW has everything you need to be successful, including sessions on classroom management, lesson plans, special education, and assessments. Booking deadline: Feb. 10.

Chavez/Huerta Awards
March 4       Entry Deadline
Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta Education Awards recognize students who demonstrate an understanding of Chavez’s guiding principles with a visual art project or written essay. Awards up to $550 go to both the sponsoring CTA member and the student. 

CTA/NEA-Retired Issues Conference
March 3–4       Conference
Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles. Learn how CTA/NEA-Retired is protecting your future and keeping watch on federal legislation that affects your benefits. Booking deadline: Feb. 14.

Equity and Human Rights Conference
March 4–6       Conference
Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles. Affirms CTA’s mission to protect the civil rights of all people and secure a more equitable, democratic society. Speakers and workshops give members a greater understanding of diversity, equity and social justice. Booking deadline: Feb. 16.

Good Teaching Conference South
March 18–20       Conference
Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove. With all safety precautions in place, the conference supports excellent teaching practices and offers participants a variety of workshops on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers. Booking deadline: Feb. 24.

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, 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
Las Vegas, Nevada

Good Teaching Conference North
Jan. 28–30, 2022

Region III Leadership Conference
Feb. 4–6, 2022
Los Angeles

CCA Winter Conference
Feb. 11–13, 2022
San Diego

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

Read Across America
March 2, 2022

CTA/NEA-Retired Conference
March 3–4, 2022
Los Angeles

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

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

Student CTA Collaborative Forum
April 23–24, 2022

CCA Spring Conference
April 29–May 1, 2022

California Day of the Teacher
May 11, 2022

May 17, 2022

Presidents Conference
July 14–17, 2022

Summer Institute
July 24–28, 2022


Featured image: Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez, part of a presentation on the 2021-22 scope of the ethnic studies program at Stockton Unified School District.

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