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The CTA Good Teaching Conferences supports excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers via peer-to-peer instruction. Offering a variety of diverse workshops focused on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field of education. Join us on Friday for our Member Benefits Pre-Conference!

Your experience at the Good Teaching Conference 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.  Download the Reasons to Attend GTC letter and share it with your principal to prove the value of attending the Good Teaching Conference.

Want to send a group of teachers to the GTC? Download this letter and send it to your Principal or District Superintendent.  Many districts are open to sending educators to meaningful and inspiring training conferences.

If you have any questions, please email the conference staff at goodteachingconference@cta.org.

Program

AGENDA*: Click Here to Download the Agenda!

WORKSHOP GRID*: Click Here to Download the Workshop Grid!

DESCRIPTIONS*: Click Here to Download the Session Descriptions!

*All program details and documents are subject to change.

Friday, March 22

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CTA Registration Desk

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CTA Exhibitor Showcase

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Conference Orientation

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Opening Reception, Buffett Dinner & Dance

6:30 PM

Friends of Bill W.

Saturday, March 23

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

CTA Registration Desk

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

CTA Exhibitor Showcase

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast & Networking

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Workshop Session 1

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop Session 2

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Plated Lunch & General Session

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Workshop Session 3

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Coffee & Tea Service

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Workshop Session 4

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Caucus Meetings

5:30 PM

Dinner/Evening On Own

Sunday, March 24

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Coffee & Tea Service

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

CTA Registration Desk

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Workshop Session 5

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Brunch & Closing General Session

12:00 PM

Conference Concludes

IPD Pre-Conference - VIRTUAL

Changing of the Lens: Learning to Hold Students Accountable While Better Understanding the Brain’s Emotional Climate and Needs

CLICK HERE to access the IPD Pre-Conference Flyer

Many of our classrooms are dealing with disruptive student behaviors that affect the teaching and learning environment. CTA is sponsoring a two-part Pre-Good Teaching webinar on understanding and dealing with student behaviors. This webinar is intended to help our educators understand the science behind behavior and provide strategies that they can use in the classroom right away. The webinars are scheduled on February 1 and March 21 from 5:00-6:30 pm. See flyer for more information.

Registration for Part 1: FEBRUARY 1 – HTTPS://BIT.LY/24GTCNORTH

Registration for Part 2: MARCH 21 – HTTPS://BIT.LY/24GTCSOUTH

VIRTUAL – Thursday, March 21, 2024
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Students are coming to school with environmentally induced academic delays, high levels of toxic stress and/or trauma, and low levels of emotional understanding and control. This presentation draws from the fields of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and language. This newer academic discipline uses brain-based scientific findings to develop a novel approach to working with students of all ages. These highly engaging presentations combine storytelling and humor to communicate key neuroeducation principles.

Part 2 of the training is designed to provide strategies that can be used in the classroom to change teaching practices for both classroom management and instruction. Participants can immediately apply these strategies in their own educational environments to effectively make positive changes.

Member Benefits Pre-Conference

Friday, March 22nd, 2024
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Come early on Friday for a special pre-conference at Good Teaching Conference (South).

Explore the highlights of our most sought-after Member Benefits programs, encompassing discounts on shopping and travel, optional insurance packages, aid for relieving student debt, retirement plans, financial services, coverage for Educators Employment Liability (EEL), assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund, and more! These exclusive CTA and NEA Member Benefits are tailor-made for educators. As members become familiar with these programs, they discover newfound enthusiasm in uncovering additional ways through which their membership can serve as a solution to various personal and financial requirements.

  • Stronger Together – Your Essential Guide to CTA/NEA Member Benefits
    From your local association to the CTA and NEA, our union becomes stronger through our collective unity. With a mission dedicated to safeguarding and enhancing the well-being of our members, supported by a statewide membership of 300,000 and a national membership of 3 million, CTA and NEA offer a diverse range of valuable voluntary and automatic benefits as part of your membership.You will be introduced to the most popular programs under Member Benefits, encompassing discounts on shopping and travel, optional insurance coverage, assistance for relieving student debt, retirement savings, financial services, Educators Employment Liability (EEL) protection, the Disaster Relief Fund, and more. CTA and NEA have crafted these Member Benefits exclusively for educators, and as members become acquainted with these offerings, they will be delighted to uncover additional avenues through which their membership can address a variety of personal and financial needs.
  • CTA Stronger Together – Building Wealth for a Successful Retirement
    CTA wants you to have a long and happy retirement. CalSTRS/CalPERS generally covers only about half of your income at retirement, so it’s essential to consider a supplementary retirement savings plan as early as possible to make up the difference. There are a lot of plans offered to educators, but many have high fees or surrender charges. In this session, we discuss the basics of saving for retirement using easy-to-understand terms, review how to avoid suboptimal plans, and help you get started toward a financially secure retirement.
  • More Month Than Money: Setting and Living Within a Budget
    Does the end of the month arrive before your paycheck? Is there never enough in your checking account? During this session we’ll set realistic financial goals and timelines, examine the different categories of your personal budget, track spending, set a budget, and discover your net worth. We’ll also review some of the benefits that you have access to that will stretch your dollar and help you meet your financial goals. Come learn new ideas and tricks to have money left over at the end of the month.

We are providing release time for the pre-conference, which means CTA Member Benefits will reimburse your employer for your substitute on Friday, March 22nd, 2024 to assist with your availability to attend. Be sure to request release time and provide the necessary information when registering. Full-day attendance at the pre-conference on Friday is mandatory and you must be checked in no later than 12:00 pm for CTA to reimburse the school district for your release day.

The Friday Pre-Conference is FREE to attend, and space is limited so don’t wait. Register today!

Member Benefits Pre Conference attendance is worth 6 hours of Professional Development which can be used for the CTA University Credit Program. For more information, please visit https://www.CTA.org/Credit.

Venue

Host Hotel – Hyatt Regency Orange County
  • Address: 11999 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840
  • Phone: 714-750-1234
  • Group Rate: $159/night + tax
  • Booking Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2024
  • Parking: $17/day Self Parking

Traveling to the Conference

Please consider using public transportation to travel to the conference. Please visit 511.org 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 www.united.com. 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.

Fees

  • CTA Members – $129
  • SCTA Members – $25
  • Invited Exhibitor – $560 / booth

Grants

The CTA Board of Directors will award conference grants for the upcoming Good Teaching Conference. These incentive grants are available to new members, ethnic minority members and members from small chapters. Please click here for more details.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR CONFERENCE GRANTS

  • Application Deadline: January 9, 2024

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.

Documents

Session documents will be available in the conference app and attendee hub closer to the start of the conference. You must be logged in to the Event App to view session documents. Provided documents can be found at the bottom of each session page within the Event App and Attendee Hub.

Disneyland® Resort Theme Park Tickets

A link to purchase specially-priced Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets will be provided during conference registration.

*Further information will be added when registration opens!

Credits

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.

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