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CTA’s New Educator Weekend (NEW) is a conference for new CTA members. Due to the global pandemic and restrictions on large scale gatherings, NEW will be virtual this year. This NEW conference is for educators in their first three years in the profession. The New Educator Weekend has everything that educators need to be successful in their first years of teaching with sessions and electives concentrating on:

  • Online Classroom Management – Creating a Productive and Inspiring Learning Environment
  • Best Practices for Distance Learning
  • Technology Tips and Tricks
  • Navigating IEP’s and Special Education Areas in the Virtual World
  • What I Wish I Knew My First Years of Teaching
  • Working with Colleagues, Administration and Parents
  • Common Core, State Standards, Assessments and Pedagogy
  • Teaching is a Career
  • Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Educators
  • Resources and Programs from CTA Available to Members

Your experience at the New Educator Weekend is equal parts educational and transformational. You’ll learn new skills and find solutions to real-life challenges. You’ll leave the conference feeling inspired, motivated and with a knowledge of what you need to do to be even more successful on Monday morning in your classroom.

If you received an email about this conference, be sure to use that email address to register or click the link in the email to register even more quickly.  

For questions, please email the conference staff at


AGENDA-AT-A-GLANCE*: Click here to view a PDF version of the agenda.

DESCRIPTIONS*: Click here to view the current session descriptions.

*All program details and documents are subject to change.

Thursday, December 10

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Conference Orientation & University Credit Information Session

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Exhibit Booths

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Opening General Session with CTA President E. Toby Boyd

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Elective Sessions

Friday, December 11

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Elective Sessions

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Virtual Trivia Night

Saturday, December 12

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

General Session with Keynote Presentation from Dr. Victor Rios

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Elective Sessions

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Virtual Exhibit Booths

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Elective Sessions

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Virtual Exhibit Booths

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Sunday, December 13

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

General Session with Keynote Presentation from the authors of The Distance Learning Playbook

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Discussion Groups

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Elective Sessions

Virtual Venue

Platform Name: WebEx

WebEx Tips

  • We highly recommend that you download and install the Webex Meetings app in advance.
  • You’ll need a device with speakers or a headphone connection.
  • We recommend you use a computer rather than a mobile device to take full advantage of the Q&A and polling features.

Virtual Attendee Hub

The CTA New Educator Weekend will be hosted online using our (New!) Virtual Attendee Hub! Each of our CTA Statewide Conferences will have a unique virtual attendee hub website where you can build your agenda, join all your sessions, meet with exhibitors and more! Please check back for more information and updates.


  • CTA Members – Complimentary
  • Invited Exhibitor Page – $250 / page
  • Invited Exhibitor Virtual Booth – $500 / virtual booth


Session documents will be available in the virtual attendee hub within each session closer to the start of the conference.


University Credit: The University Credit Season Pass is a new benefit to members attending CTA Statewide Conferences. CTA Members, through attending online conferences live or through watching recordings, will be given the opportunity to accumulate the hours of professional growth needed to qualify for university credit units (15 hours per one unit) across the entire season of statewide conferences. As a benefit to members, CTA will cover the cost of enrollment with CSU Chico, normally $75/credit. The Season Pass begins with the 2020 LGBTQ+ Issues Conference and ends with the 2021 CTA Special Education Conference in April.

Click here for more details on the University Credit Season Pass


Professional Growth Hours: Professional Growth credit will be available at no cost for CTA members and will be based on the number of sessions you attend. Confirmation of professional growth hours will be emailed within two to four weeks after the conference.


The CTA New Educator Weekend will host a virtual trivia night for you to network with fellow educators on Friday, December 11 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Please check back for more information!


Planner Name: Amelia Matyushev


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