Build leadership skills, learn about education issues and earn professional growth or university credits at CTA’s Summer Institute, Aug. 4-8 at UCLA.
Professional growth credit is available at no cost. Up to three university credits may be earned for attending Summer Institute. Offered through the CSU Chico Department of Education, the cost is $60 per unit, and the units will be posted to your official academic transcript upon verification of your participation. Register and get details at www.cta.org/conferences. For more, contact the CTA Conference Coordination Center at 650-552-5355.
Negotiations and Organizational Development Strand
Emerging Leaders — Novice activists learn the skills needed to become effective organizers and future leaders in their chapter as the basic concepts of unionism and advocacy, union history and structure, and effective organizing techniques are covered.
Essential Bargaining Skills — In hands-on trainings, bargaining teams negotiate an agreement using a 10-step bargaining path. Extensive coaching and debriefing sessions help determine which strategies were successful.
Advanced Bargaining Skills — Learn advanced strategies, analyze contract language, dissect a district budget, balance complex goals, and use CTA’s research database. Prepared for those who have three years of experience on a local bargaining team or who completed the Essential Bargaining Skills track and have one year of experience on a local bargaining team.
School Finance — Learn about school finance and district budgets. Track the trends of budget priorities, calculate the cost of a bargaining proposal, determine a district’s ability to pay, and develop comparability data to support bargaining objectives.
Health and Welfare Issues for Active Members and Retirees — Bargain health benefits. Topics include current health care measures, CTA coalition activities, and Medicare benefits for retirees. Be prepared to discuss local Summary Plan Descriptions, contract language, and other features of local health benefits programs.
Track I (Sunday–Tuesday) — Focusing on “group” labor and employment issues, topics include basic union and employee rights under the Educational Employment Relations Act; the legal framework for bargaining; Brown Act open meeting issues; members’ rights to union representation; duty of fair representation; which union activities are protected by labor laws; and when an unfair practice charge can be filed successfully.
Track II (Tuesday–Thursday) — Focusing on “individual” labor and employment issues, topics include the rights of union members under antidiscrimination and sexual harassment laws; the rights of educational employees to a safe and healthy workplace; discipline and dismissal procedure under the Education Code; disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation; leave of absence issues; and cyberlaw issues.
Instruction and Professional Development Strand — Teams of administrators, curriculum coordinators and other educators are encouraged to attend! Learn in-depth knowledge on implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the accompanying Smarter Balanced assessments. Learn about ELD and CCSS, discover implementation strategies from colleagues throughout the state, examine instruction and assessment practices for student learning, find out about numerous resources and curriculum units aligned to the CCSS, and address the association’s role in implementing curriculum and standards-driven instruction. Keynote speaker Marcia L. Tate, author and educational consultant, will speak on instructional strategies for teaching the CCSS.
Member Benefits Strand — Come party with Member Benefits and celebrate CTA’s 150 years! In this partial-week strand (Sunday–Tuesday), chapter leaders see how CTA/NEA Member Benefit programs add value to association membership. Have fun and gather tips and ideas on how local chapters provide tools to meet members’ needs, gather members for organizing efforts, grow and retain membership, convert agency-fee payers to members, and build chapter appreciation and loyalty. Hands-on activities teach how to survey membership and plan member benefits events.
Internal Communications — Communicate effectively online. Use Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to inform and engage members. Create an e-newsletter, polish your e-writing skills and learn the dos and don’ts of e-mailing.
External Communications — Get news coverage of your chapter’s issues. Participate in a simulated news conference. Practice public speaking and learn easy, fun tips to help you deliver strong, effective speeches with confidence. Learn message discipline and strategies for crisis communications.