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This Conference has SOLD OUT. No walk-ins will be accommodated and no on-site registrations will be available.

CTA is proud to present the 15th annual CTA conference addressing the current coordinated attacks on LGBTQ+ students and educators and how we can fight back. This conference will be hosted in-person and is open to all CTA members and will serve as a venue to discuss a variety of subjects affecting the entire membership and California’s youth.

This year the theme of the conference is “The State of the Movement: The Fight for LGBTQ+ Justice in Schools”. Sessions will focus on Awareness, Capacity & Skill Building, Taking Action & Organizing.

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

Overflow Venues

The Conference Hotel has sold out of rooms in our CTA room block. Please click on the link below for a list of alternative hotels that are walking distance to the Margaritaville Resort.

PLEASE NOTE: The listed properties below will not have a CTA room rate.

Click here for a list of Alternative Hotels


Conference Hotel – Margaritaville Resort, Palm Springs
  • Address: 1600 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
  • Phone: 760-327-8311
  • Group Rate: $145/night + tax
  • Booking Deadline: October 13, 2023 (or until hotel block sells out)
  • Parking: Complimentary Self Parking

Booking information will be provided during conference registration.

Program Agenda

All program details and documents are available on the app for attendees.


  • LGBTQ Member Contacts – $97.50
  • CTA Members – $195
  • SCTA Members – $39
  • Invited Exhibitor – $280 / booth

Traveling to the Conference

Please consider using public transportation to travel to the conference. Please visit for maps, schedules, fares, and more information.

Airfare Discount: United Airlines offers reduced rates for CTA members up to 10%. To take advantage of these rates, you must book online at Enter the CTA Discount Code: ZMGT443335 in the Offer Code Box found on the left-hand side of the page. Please check with the other airlines to ensure that you are getting the best rate.

Health & Safety Policies

If you are feeling sick, have tested postive for COVID-19, or are showing COVID-19 symptoms, do not attend the event.

Your wellbeing at CTA conferences is important to us, click here to read the conference health and safety policies. As part of registration, all attendees are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct for CTA Events found here.



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


Professional Growth Hours: Professional Growth credit will be available at no cost for CTA members. Confirmation of professional growth hours will be emailed shortly after the conference.

University Credit: The 2023-2024 University Credit Program is a benefit available to members attending CTA Conferences during the 2023-2024 school year. CTA Members, through attending in-person or virtual conferences, will be given the opportunity to accumulate the professional growth hours needed to qualify for university credit units with CSU, Chico. As a benefit to members, CTA will cover the cost for up to six university credit units with CSU, Chico, normally $75/credit. The professional growth hours can be accumulated by attending conferences live and/or by watching recordings. Click here for more information on how to claim the credit.

Queer & Trans Closet Donations

This year’s Conference has a strong emphasis on taking action and organizing our communities to support LGBTQ+ students and educators. As part of our efforts, we connected with the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert in Palm Springs and asked how conference participants could support the work they’re doing with LGBTQ+ folks locally. The Center maintains a Queer and Trans Closet for members of the community who could use gender affirming clothing and products. Here is the list of their current needs:

Good Condition Clothing:

  • Larger sized dress/outer wear-type shirts (L-XXL)
  • Larger sized dress pants/denim jeans (L-XXL, 38in-48in W)
  • Belts (34in-50in W)
  • Femme type shoes, (Wmns 8 ½ –  11 ½ )
  • Masc type shoes, (Mns 6-9)
  • Medium size reusable tote/shopping bags to take items home in

New & Un-Used:

  • Any size femme-type top and bottom undergarments (XS-XXL)
  • Masc-type undergarments (M-XXL)
  • Socks (S-L) ‘

New Makeup:

  • Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Eyebrow products, Mascara
  • Lipstick, Blush
  • Makeup remover wipes

We will be collecting donations at the Registration Desk. Thanks for your consideration to support the LGBTQ+ community of Palm Springs!


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