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CTA’s New Educator Weekend (NEW) is a conference for new CTA members. This NEW conference is for educators in their first three years in the profession. The conference has everything that educators need to be successful in their first years of teaching, including sessions about classroom management, creating engaging classrooms, lesson plans and ideas, connecting with your union, student loan forgiveness information, member benefits, project grants and more.

Your experience at the New Educator Weekend 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 this letter, Reasons to Attend NEW and share it with your Principal to prove the value of attending the New Educator Weekend.

Want to send a group of teachers to NEW? 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


AGENDA*: Click here to download.

WORKSHOP GRID*: Click here to download.

DESCRIPTIONS*: Click here to download.

*All program details and documents are subject to change.


4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

CTA Registration Desk

4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

CTA Exhibitor Showcase

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Dinner


7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

CTA Registration Desk

7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

CTA Exhibitor Showcase

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM


8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

General Session with Keynote Presentation from Erin Jones

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Elective Sessions

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Elective Sessions

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Elective Sessions

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Elective Sessions

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

General Session

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


6:30 PM

Dinner/Evening on Own


7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Coffee Service & Caucus Meetings

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

CTA Registration Desk

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Discussion Groups & Elective Sessions

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Brunch & Closing General Session with CTA President E. Toby Boyd

12:00 PM

Conference Concludes

Member Benefits Pre-Conference

Fill Your Toolbox with CTA/NEA Member Benefits & Resources!
Friday, March 10, 2023
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Continental breakfast and registration will begin at 8:30 am and lunch will also be served.

Join us early and attend this special Friday pre-conference at New Educator Weekend (North).

Every CTA member has a vital role in our association that is actively committed to upholding the highest standards for both students and the education profession. With CTA’s mission to protect and promote the well-being of its members, your membership provides you with important access to numerous high-quality, union-endorsed Member Benefits.

At this full-day, Friday pre-conference, you’ll learn much more about your CTA/NEA-endorsed, members-only benefit programs, designed for educators and with your interests in mind. Join us to take advantage of the Member Benefits available to you!

During your day, you’ll cover:

  • Your Guide to CTA/NEA Member Benefits – Did you know you have access to exclusive, members-only programs and deals for lots of things from your daily dining  and shopping to your car insurance? This session is a lively, comprehensive overview of your CTA/NEA Member Benefits, including voluntary insurances, student debt relief assistance, shopping, dining and travel discounts, automatic Educators Employment Liability (EEL), Disaster Relief Fund, and more.
  • Putting on Your Oxygen Mask First; Taking Care of Yourself, Taking Control of your Career – Airlines tell you to put on your oxygen mask first before you help others with theirs. Educators need to know how to take care of themselves first and their careers too, in order to be most effective with their students. This session will engage participants in discussion and share helpful resources in connection to three core questions: How might I improve my practice of personal self-care? How can I avoid common pitfalls for new teachers? How can I grow as a professional with my union? We look forward to seeing you there!
  • 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.

We are providing release time for this pre-conference, which means CTA Member Benefits will reimburse your employer for your substitute on Friday, March 10, 2023 to assist with your availability to attend. During the registration process, please review the requirements to receive release time for this day and, if you are able to satisfy all requirements, be sure to request release time and provide the necessary information.

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

Continental breakfast and registration will begin at 8:30 am and lunch will also be served.


Opening Session – CTA President E. Toby Boyd: 10:00am – 10:30am
Breakouts: 10:30am – 11:45am
Lunch: 11:45am – 1:00pm
Breakouts: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Break: 2:15pm – 2:30pm
Breakouts: 2:30pm – 4:00pm


Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Group Rate: $144/night
Booking Deadline: March 8, 2023 (or until hotel block sells out)
Parking: $5/day Self Parking

The link to book your reservation will be provided during conference registration.

Find out more about the hotel and things to do in the area.

Traveling to the Conference

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


  • CTA Members – $49
  • SCTA Members – $10
  • Invited Exhibitor – $560 / booth

Health & Safety Policies

The health and safety of attendees, exhibitors and staff are our highest priority. In partnership with hotels, CTA will adhere to all official government and local authority guidance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations.

All attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, and invited guests are strongly encouraged to wear a mask on-site in conference-designated programming areas. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is not required to attend the event.

Click here to see CTA’s health and safety policies for in-person events.

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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 2022-2023 University Credit Program is a benefit available to members attending CTA Conferences during the 2022-2023 school year. CTA Members, through attending in-person or watching CTA Virtual Pass sessions, 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. By attending this conference in person, members will earn 15 hours of professional growth.

Click here for more information on how to claim the credit.



Phone: 650-552-5355

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