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AUDIENCE: CTA Elected State & Local Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly.

MEETING INFO: The 2024 NEA Representative Assembly and the California Teachers Association Caucus will take place in Philadelphia, PA, from July 3 until July 7. Plan your travel and housing dates to arrive July 2 and depart July 8. The first California Caucus will be on July 3 at 1:00 pm. The NEA RA will be July 4-7 with the California Caucus meeting each morning from 7-9 am in the designated California hotel. CTA will meet at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The hotel is connected to the convention center via a walkway/skybridge. Bus service is also provided by NEA from the CA Hotel to the Convention Center.

REGISTRATION: Delegates will be required to register with both CTA and NEA. Registration for the California Caucus Meetings is now open! Registration for the NEA RA will open on June 3rd. You must register for both the CTA California Caucus Meetings and the NEA RA, via separate registration links, in order to attend the in-person meetings.

You must book your hotel room using the link provided in the CTA California Caucus Meeting registration confirmation email.

NEA delegates that are not registered by the NEA cutoff date will not be allowed to attend the RA.

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers (who are delegates) are needed to serve on the following committees: California Night, Communications/Materials, Registration, & Sales. The opportunity to sign up as a volunteer will be available during registration.

Program

2024 CTA & NEA Schedule of Events – coming soon

NEA RA INFORMATION*:  Visit RA.NEA.org for NEA updates

Visit this site for general updates and specific California Caucus information

*All program details and documents are subject to change.

Wednesday, July 3

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

CTA Registration

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

New RA Delegate Welcome

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

California Caucus Day #1

Thursday, July 4

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

California Caucus Day #2

Friday, July 5

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

California Caucus Day #3

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

California Night: The Franklin Institute

Saturday, July 6

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

California Caucus Day #4

Sunday, July 7

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

California Caucus Day #5

Venue

CTA Hotel – Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
  • Address: 1200 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Phone: 215-625-6000
  • Group Rate: $189 + tax / night. CTA will reimburse for half all the cost of the room rate + tax.
  • Booking/Registration Deadline: Friday, June 7th or until sold out. Do not wait to book your room.
  • Booking Methods:
    • Option 1: All CTA Delegates & attendees will be provided a link in the registration confirmation email. You should book your room using this link if you are:
      • 1. Requesting a single occupancy room, or
      • 2. Sharing a room with a non-delegate, or
      • 3. Sharing a room with a delegate of your choosing.
    • Option 2: If you wish to be paired with a roommate you can request this during registration however, you will still be required to book your own room. CTA will work with the hotel to combine your reservations.
  • Housing Changes / Delegate Room Updates: If you need to make adjustments to an existing reservation made in the CTA block (be it delegate name change or other updates), please make those directly with hotel by calling 215-625-6000. We do not recommend cancelling your room if you just need to change the name on the reservation to another delegate.
  • NEA Pre-Conference Attendees: If you are attending an NEA pre-conference, then you will need to book your hotel through the NEA pre-conference hotel, not the CA hotel, and travel accordingly.

Fees & Funding

  • CA State & Local Delegates – $30 per delegate (non-reimbursable)
  • Guest Tickets for CA Night – $30 per guest aged 12 and up

All delegate and guest fees must be paid with a credit card when you register.

State Delegates: CTA will fund a maximum of $2,600 for covered expenses with appropriate itemized receipts attached to the Member Expense Statement. Reimbursable expenses include half the cost of the room rate for each night, travel costs and meals. Please review page 2 of the Member Expense Statement.

Of the $2,600, state delegates may apply for an advance of $1,600. This advance amount will be distributed as follows –> $1,200 upfront then the remaining portion of $400 distributed on Day 4 of the RA. The RA State Delegate Advance Request form must be received by CTA Accounting Department no later than 5pm on Friday, June 14. Click here to complete the RA State Delegate Advance Request form.

If you wish to expedite the payment of your advance and all future payments from CTA, complete the attached ACH Authorization form and email it to EYIP@CTA.ORG.

Please note, if you have signed up for ACH/Direct Deposit for State Council reimbursements, any future payments (including RA payments) will also be made via ACH/Direct Deposit.

Local Delegates: Reimbursement arrangements, if any, are to be made through your local chapter.

Health & Safety Policies

All in-person delegates must meet the NEA Health & Safety Guidelines in order to attend the NEA RA & California Caucus in-person.

The current NEA Health & Safety policies for the NEA-RA are below. The California Caucus Meetings will follow the same NEA guidelines.  Key details are noted below:

  • Meeting participants will no longer be required to attest to their vaccination status, provide proof of a negative antigen test, wear a mask, or provide any additional information related to their COVID-19 status prior to entering an event.
  • Individuals who are experiencing new or atypical symptoms of an illness that may be transmitted when in close contact with others should refrain from attending the event.

Code of Conduct

As part of registration, all attendees are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct for CTA Events found here.

RA Updates & Documents

Documents related to the California Caucus Meetings will be linked here as they become available:

Documents related to the NEA RA will be linked here as they become available:

California Night

The Franklin Institute

Date: Friday, July 5

Time: 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm

Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

The CTA Board of Directors’ California Night activity will be held the evening of July 5 at The Franklin Institute!

During registration, all delegates will have the option to choose one complimentary Franklin Institute ticket. This ticket includes access to the Franklin Institute as well as a buffet dinner that will be held onsite at the Museum. Delegates may also purchase additional guest tickets for guests aged 12 and up at checkout. The cost will be $30/ticket during registration. Tickets for guests aged 11 and under are available to add at no additional cost. Guest tickets will allow entry into the museum and access to the buffet dinner. All attendees at California Night must be registered and have a ticket.

Transportation to and from The Franklin Institute will not be provided, but is reimbursable for State Delegates. The museum is about 1.5 miles from the hotel/convention center.

As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute (TFI) is one of the leading science centers in the country and serves as both a prominent educational and cultural resource and as an anchor of the local economy. Science and technology have the potential to solve some of the most critical issues of our time, improve our lives, and inspire our curiosity about the world around us. Every day, The Franklin Institute provides resources that help people connect with science and technology in creative ways that resonate with learners of all ages and backgrounds. The museum directly reaches more than 1 million people each year with informal learning experiences that engage students, adults, and families. Though its historic museum is a central learning space, TFI has evolved to provide people with educational resources in their own neighborhoods through hands-on activities in classrooms, workshops in libraries, community centers, and online. Since 1824, The Franklin Institute has pursued its commitment to making these resources available to as many people as possible throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Find out more information about the Franklin Institute by clicking here.

NEA Resolutions Elections

Elections will be held for the California Resolutions Committee Members at the 2024 NEA RA during the California Caucus Meeting on July 5.
Open Seats – California Resolutions Committee Members and Alternates
  • Districts 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 15 Member and Alternate
  • Districts 3, 9, 10, 13 Alternate
    • Term of Office: September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2027
  • District 7 Member and Alternate
    • Term of Office: Date of Election – August 31, 2025
Declaration of Candidacy forms will be accepted via online only. The deadline to file is no later than 2pm (EST) on July 4, 2024.

FAQ

Q: Are guests allowed at the RA?

A: Yes, guests may attend the RA as long as they are sponsored by an RA Delegate, NEA Member, or an Association Staff Person. Below are the important rules to know.

  • The delegate/member/staff person may add the guest(s) when they register with NEA for the RA.  Do not add your guest when you register with CTA for the California Caucus.
  • If you forget to add the guest(s) initially
    • the delegate/member/staff person may modify their registration online and add guests before they arrive at the Convention Center
    • the delegate/member/staff person may come to the registration desk onsite at the convention center for assistance in adding guests
    • Guests will not be allowed to register themselves, they must be sponsored by a delegate/member/staff person
    • NEA Members are not guests – they are members and can register at the Convention Center starting July 2nd.
    • Badges will be handed to the sponsoring delegate/member/staff person only. Badges are not given directly to a guest.

Q: Will there be a virtual option for the RA or CA Caucus?

A: This is an in-person event. There will not be a virtual option for neither the NEA RA nor the California Caucus Meetings.


Q: Can I purchase guest tickets for The Franklin Institute onsite through CTA?

A: We recommend purchasing all guest tickets in advance as onsite options through CTA will be extremely limited.


Q: Is a Covid vaccination required to attend the RA?

A: Effective June 1, 2023, NEA meeting participants will no longer be required to attest to their vaccination status, provide proof of a negative antigen test, wear a mask, or provide any additional information related to their COVID-19 status prior to entering an event. Please read this document for more details on NEA’s Covid Policy and Protocols.


Q: What is the deadline to register with the NEA to secure Physically Challenged aid through the NEA?

A: To receive special services, delegates who qualify for Physically Challenged Services must fill out the Physically Challenged Delegates Request Form (coming soon) and register on-site at the PC Office.


Q: Are Mobility Scooters allowed at the Convention Center

A: Delegates are personally responsible for bringing their own medical devices/equipment including mobility scooters should they wish to use them at the convention center or the CA Caucus hotel.


Q: Is transportation provided to California Night at The Franklin Institute?

A: Transportation is not provided to/from California Night, but is reimbursable for State Delegates. The Franklin Institute is a short car ride from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and the convention center. The Franklin Institute is also accessible via the SEPTA transit system. Visit: https://www.septa.org/ to plan your trip.

Contact

Governance: For questions regarding NEA RA program and delegate information, please contact CTA Governance Support at ra@cta.org or 650-552-5300.

Registration & Housing: For questions regarding housing and California Caucus registration, please contact the CTA Conference Coordination Center at rahousing@cta.org or 650-552-5355.

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