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CTA offers a variety of training and workshops by our professional staff and CTA members who are experts in their field. Our trainings provide the latest tools and techniques to enhance professional development and increase leadership skills. 

Training is offered in special sessions held throughout the year during our statewide conferences, at CTA’s weeklong Summer Institute, or through our virtual pass.


Trainings & Workshops


There are various trainings to enhance communications efforts within your local chapter and beyond. Currently offered at CTA’s Summer Institute, participants learn to evaluate which communications channels – traditional and social – would be the most appropriate and when and how to use them.


Doing It Right! Employment Practices For Local Chapters (Post Presidents Conference Workshop)

This interactive and informative one & a half (1-1/2) day workshop is designed for chapter leaders who employ local support staff. As a California employer there are a number of employment and labor laws with which you must comply.


Enhancing Public Education Program

Provided by CTA staff, these workshops are designed to promote the value of public education and correct misinformation circulated by anti-public education groups.


UniServ Staff (Intern) Development Program 

The California Teachers Association UniServ Staff (Intern) Development Program prepares selected candidates to successfully compete for UniServ staff positions, with an emphasis in organizing.


IPD Trainings

CTA’s Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) staff work with locals and school districts to build learning on a variety of educational issues related to teaching and learning. Below are some of the concepts that are included in our work:

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Assessment and Accountability
  • Students with Disabilities
  • English Learners
  • School Site Council
  • Peer Assistance and Review
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • New Educator Support
  • Professional Development


Policy Academy

Prepares chapter members to recruit viable candidates, organize and develop chapter and community resources, and successfully execute local school and college board campaigns.


Virtual Pass

The CTA Virtual Pass currently offers over 200 trainings and live-session videos to CTA members free of charge. You must login using your eWeb credentials to gain access.


Human Rights Trainings

To learn more about Human Rights trainings, contact Human Rights Department staff at

An Exploration into SOGI: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Schools

Do you have LGBTQ+ students and/or colleagues? Do you have the courage to create a safe environment that fosters bravery to explore sexual orientation, gender identity and expression? This workshop is a transformative experience into privilege, identity, laws and terms as it applies to SOGI. It may be of particular interest to those who want to foster positive relations and support LGBTQ+ students and colleagues.


LGBTQ+ Leadership Development Program

The program consists of a core of four (4) components that are to be presented in an eight (8) hour workshop sponsored by the service center council or local chapter. Consultation with the Human Rights Department is recommended for assistance in program planning


Ethnic Minority Leadership Development Program

This workshop series was developed by the Minority Leadership Development Program Committee to assist in creating pluralistic leadership within the California Teachers Association. Major goals of this eight-hour program are to promote the value of minority involvement at all levels within CTA and to increase awareness of cultural diversity. 


Women’s Leadership Training Program

Over 70% of the teaching force is made up of women. This leadership training is designed to ensure that women members will be prepared for leadership roles. This training program is presented by a cadre of volunteer CTA members who are specifically trained in the content area.


CTA’s Human Rights Department staff works with locals and school districts to develop a social justice lens culturally and structurally. Below are some of the concepts that are included in our work: 

  • Anti-Racism
  • Divorcing the Default of Whiteness
  • Empathy
  • Exploring Unconscious Bias
  • Gender Identity
  • Generational Perspectives
  • Forming Partnerships with Parents, Students, and Communities
  • Individual versus Systemic Oppression
  • Intersectionality
  • Matrixes of Bias
  • Power and Privilege
  • Responding to Bias and Bigotry in Schools
  • Restorative Justice
  • Sexism
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Social Justice Curriculum in Your Classroom
  • Supporting Immigrant Students and their Families
  • Trauma
  • White Nationalist and Hate Crimes
  • White Supremacy