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The CTA Issues Conference: Facing Extraordinary Times Together brings together local leaders and activists to learn, discuss, and strategize so that we can organize and increase our collective voice on the state and local issues that matter most in education. The 2021 conference will take place virtually, January 14 – 17.

This year’s sessions will include hot topics and skill-building sessions that can be put to use immediately! Some highlights include:

  • Maintaining Equity in Difficult Times
  • Bargaining the Unknown–MOUs and Side Letters
  • Educator Self-Care During COVID: Explorations in Wellness and Strengthening Immunity
  • Taking Action: Contract Enforcement and Intro to Grievance Handling
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships with School Board Members and Trustees
  • Rights, Responsibilities and Hot Topics for ESP Union Leaders

Check back soon for more updates and registration!

If you have any questions, please email the conference staff at


GRID*: Coming Soon!


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

*All program details and documents are subject to change.

Thursday, January 14

5:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Opening General Session

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Elective Session 1

Friday, January 15

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Exhibit Booths

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Elective Session 2

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Social Event

Saturday, January 16

8:30 AM - 8:35 AM

Keynote Speaker

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Rural, Urban, ESP, and COE Breakouts

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Exhibit Booths

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Elective Session 3

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Exhibit Booths

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Caucus Meetings

Sunday, January 17

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Elective Session 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Elective Session 5

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing General Session

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 a microphone and speakers or a headphone connection, and ideally a camera.
  • We recommend you use a computer rather than a mobile device to take full advantage of the Q&A and polling features.

Attendee Hub

The Issues Conference will be hosted online using our (New!) Attendee Hub! Each of our CTA Statewide Conferences will have a unique 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 Issues Conference will host an optional social activity for you to network with fellow educators on Friday, January 15th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Please check back for more information!


Planner Name: Becky Roberts


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