This conference, “The Power of Connection: Knowledge and Organizing Unites Us” is centered on the idea that building strong local unions and school site structures through nuts and bolts organizing, including Member and Community Engagement, is the key to a stronger Union. The future of your union, the California Teachers Association, depends on our ability to connect with every member on school sites, around our shared values and is the foundation of building the necessary power to continue in our roles as advocates for students, colleagues, the teaching profession, and public education in California.
Please consider joining your colleagues from across Southern California at this year’s conference as we hone the practice of building relationships by developing our skills and knowledge through multiple course offerings.
SPARKS Training Flyer – Click here to download the flyer.
Treasurers Training Flyer – Click here to download the flyer.
*All program details and documents are subject to change.
Friday, March 8
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presidents’ Meeting/PAC Treasurers’ Training Registration, Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PAC Treasurer Training
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Presidents’ Meeting w/Executive Officers
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Chapter Treasurers’ Training Registration, Lunch Buffet
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Chapter Treasurer Training
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Check-in, Business Partner Displays
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
State Budget Update
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Service Center Councils’ Reception/Dinner, Friends of Bill W
Saturday, March 9
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Conference Check-in continues
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Business Partner Displays
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
CTA Budget Forum
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcome / Opening Session
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Session 1: Core Session
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch Buffet and Keynote Speaker David B. Goldberg, CTA President
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Session 2: Electives
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Session 3: Electives
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dinner on your own
Sunday, March 10
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Session 4: Electives
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Brunch Buffet and Keynote Speaker with Erin Jones, Independent Education and Systems Consultant
Conference Hotel – Town & Country Resort San Diego
500 Hotel Circle N
San Diego, CA 92108
Group Rate: $219+ tax
Resort Fee: $10/night
February 9, 2024 Hotel is sold out on Friday night, but has availability for Saturday night.
The booking link will be provided during conference registration.
Traveling to the Conference
Please consider using public transportation to travel to the conference. Please visit https://www.sdmts.com/ 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: ZNYT122681 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.
Early Bird Registration: $200.00 (Register by December 21, 2023)
Conference Registration: $225.00
Exhibitor Fee: $675.00
Please click on the link below to apply for an Incentive Scholarship or a Grant!
Deadline to submit is
Friday, February 2, 2024. Applications are now closed.
BIPOC Leadership Incentive Scholarship Application
Small Chapter Incentive Grant Application
Independent Education and Systems
Erin Jones is a biracial, transracial adoptee, who was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she was adopted by parents who had been raised in Northern Minnesota. Her father took a teaching job at the American School of The Hague in the Netherlands, where Erin was raised and where her parents taught for over 30 years. By the time Erin was 17 years old, she could speak four languages and had played soccer, basketball and softball in 10 countries. Upon graduation from high school, Erin returned to the United States for college. She attended Bryn Mawr College, in a suburb of Philadelphia, where she earned a Bachelor of a Arts degree in Literatures of the African diaspora in English, French, and Spanish. She later earned her teaching certificate from Pacific Lutheran University and another certificate in Language Immersion instruction from Concordia College. Erin has worked as an athletic coach, a substitute teacher, a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, a state assistant superintendent, and a school district executive. Erin has earned awards as The Most Innovative World Language Teacher, the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year, a White House Champion of Change, and the Inaugural Hanford Education Leader. Erin ran to lead the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2016 and lost that race by 1%. Her loss propelled her into full-time consulting on issues related to equity and public speaking at conferences, in schools, and at churches. Since 2017, Erin has spoken to over 500,000 students and provided trainings and keynotes to a similar number of adults. She has three TEDx Talks and recently published a book, “Bridges to Heal US: Stories and Strategies for Racial Healing.” She and her husband, James, have been married for almost 30 years. James is a high school teacher and head football coach. They have three adult children – one who is a paraeducator and coaches football, one who serves as the communications and project manager for an education foundation, and one who works for an independent video game design company.
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 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.
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.