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This conference will capture the essence in CTA’s Mission Statement: to ensure that the dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected and to secure a more equitable and democratic society.

Unique this year, the conference will be virtual. CTA members will have access to dynamic speakers and interactive workshops live to provide them with a greater understanding of the issues of diversity, equity and social justice. Content will also be recorded so that, later, attendees may watch content they couldn’t attend live.

The theme for 2021 will be Truth, Healing, Action. Our workshop sessions will cover those topics through the lens of the following categories:
A. Socio-Economic Justice
B. Equity in Special Education
C. Equity Lens in Schools
D. Racial Justice
E. LGBTQ+ Movement


All program details and documents are subject to change.

Featured Sessions

Opening Keynote by Little Steven

To kick off the first day of the Equity & Human Rights Conference, CTA Secretary-Treasurer Leslie Littman will be leading a conversation with our keynote speaker Steven Van Zandt, better known as Little Steven. Join us to hear more from Little Steven about his experience as an activist in the music industry, the work he’s doing through his Rock & Roll Forever Foundation, and his commitment to education as an educator himself.

When We Fight Together, We Win: A Panel on Communities Organizing for Justice

When parents, students, and educators come together, change happens. Join us for a panel where we will discuss the victories communities can achieve when fighting together for equity and racial justice. Panelists from Oakland and Los Angeles will discuss how they’ve been organizing for their schools and communities during a global pandemic and uprisings for racial justice.

Panel introduced by CTA Vice President David Goldberg, moderated by Dr. Melina Abdulla (CSU Los Angeles), with panelists Jackie Byers (Black Organizing Project), Joseph Williams (LA Students Deserve) and Kahlila Williams (LA Students Deserve, Black Lives Matter Youth Vanguard).

Human Rights Awards

Join your fellow CTA Members as well as the CTA Officers and Board of Directors as we recognize and honor the recipients of this year’s Human Rights Awards – with Master of Ceremony Maya Walker, and remarks by NEA President Becky Pringle.

The CTA Human Rights Awards Program was adopted by the CTA State Council of Education in October, 1984, and was further augmented to include eight new categories of awards in the ensuing years. The goal of the Awards Program is to promote the development of programs for the advancement and protection of human & civil rights and social justice issues within the Association.

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Wednesday, February 24

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Opening Keynote by Little Steven

6:10 PM - 6:40 PM

Welcome Sessions

6:50 PM - 7:20 PM

Racial Equity Affairs Committee (REAC) Forum

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Ethnic Caucuses

Thursday, February 25

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

When We Fight Together, We Win: A Panel on Communities Organizing for Justice

5:55 PM - 7:10 PM

Elective Sessions 1 - Truths

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Advisory Committee (SOGIIAC) Forum

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LGBTQ+ Caucus

Friday, February 26

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Elective Sessions 2 - Skills

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Human Rights Awards with NEA President Becky Pringle

Saturday, February 27

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Equity Team Planning Meeting

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Women's Forum

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Women's Caucus

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Elective Sessions 3 - Action

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Closing Keynote by CTA President E. Toby Boyd

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 Equity & Human Rights Conference will be hosted online using our 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


All program details and documents are subject to change.
Session-specific documents will be available in the attendee hub within each session closer to the start of the conference.


University Credit: This conference qualifies for the University Credit Season Pass, which 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. For more information, please visit our dedicated page.

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 Equity & Human Rights Conference will host social activities for you to network with fellow educators. Don’t miss the following events:

  • Wednesday Welcome Sessions, led by the Conference Planning Committee Members.
  • Thursday Zumba Caucus, to get moving before we learn.
  • Friday Human Rights Awards, with remarks by NEA President Becky Pringle.
  • Saturday’s Equity Team Planning Meeting will be open to the general membership.


Planner Name: Beline Falzon


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