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The Summer Institute registration begins on Sunday, July 23 at 9:00 am, with instruction beginning at 1:00 pm.

The conference will end by 12:30 pm on Thursday, July 27. Classes generally will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The actual class times are decided by the trainers.

Housing FAQs

Summer Institute participants will be housed in dormitories in the De Neve Plaza and Sunset Village areas on the UCLA campus.

UCLA guest rooms are now sold out or on low availability. If there are cancellations, rooms will become available. Please check periodically during your registration process.

Single, Private Bath ($720): One conference participant with a private bath.

Double, Private Bath ($440): Two conference participants with a private bath.

Triple, Private Bath ($395 ): Three conference participants with a private bath. Bed configuration is a set of bunk beds and a loft bed.

Single, Shared Bath ($610 ): One conference participant in a room that connects with another room through a shared bath. Available only in Sunset Village.

Double, Shared Bath ($395 ): Two conference participants in a room that connects with another room through a shared bath. Available only in Sunset Village.

Commuter ($355): Fee includes meals on Sunday through Thursday, reception, and materials.

Shared baths are shared between two rooms and private to those two rooms only. Each shared bath features two sinks, a spacious counter top vanity and mirror, a private enclosed shower area and a private enclosed toilet.

Each room is equipped with twin beds, dressers, desks, and closets. The rooms also have an in-room phone, wireless internet access, linens, bathroom amenities and maid service on Tuesday. The linens are dormitory quality, so feel free to bring along a favorite pillow or blanket for added comfort. A limited number of hair dryers and irons/ironing boards can be checked out at each front desk.

Yes, rooms are air-conditioned.

You will need to provide the name of your roommate(s) if you are sharing a room. If you wish to share a room and no name is indicated, UCLA will assign a roommate(s) for you.

The registration fee is per Institute participant and includes UCLA housing (if applicable), conference meals, receptions, and conference materials. Parking is not included.

Yes. To room with someone who is not an Institute participant, you must register for a Single, Private Bath and add your Non-Participant Guest in your registration. The total cost is $1,000 and includes shared accommodations in your private bath room, conference meals, receptions and access to UCLA facilities. There is a maximum of two people allowed per room.

Housing and training are located on the campus of UCLA, using facilities within UCLA’s Sunset Village, Tom Bradley International Hall and De Neve Plaza.

The campuses are somewhat spread out so be prepared for extensive walking. Limited shuttle service will be available between housing areas to and from parking garages. Also, the weather in July can be very hot. To be comfortable during your stay, it is advisable to wear walking shoes and warm weather clothing.

All Institute participants will be provided with three meals daily, beginning with lunch on Sunday, July 23 and ending with breakfast on Thursday, July 27. All meals are served in the award-winning all-you-care-to-eat dining rooms.

Guests registered and staying with you in your room will have access to all meals.

Westwood Village, known for its unique shops, restaurants and entertainment possibilities is within easy walking distance of the conference center. Visit for more information.

Transportation FAQs

Please visit for information on public transportation within the Los Angeles County.

Those traveling by plane should fly into LAX or Burbank.

United Airlines offers reduced rates for CTA members up to 10%. To take advantage of these rates, you must book online at 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.

Please consider using public transportation to travel to the conference. Please visit for maps, schedules, fares, and more information. For other public transportation options, ride shares and taxi services are available at all airports.

Please allow as much as 1 1/2 hours from the airport to UCLA and back to the airport (depends on LA and Burbank traffic).

Self Parking at UCLA is $15/day. All are encouraged to carpool or find alternate modes of transportation to the Summer Institute. You will be emailed instructions on how to register your car and pay for parking closer to the Summer Institute.

Parking areas are available on campus near the housing areas. Limited CTA shuttle service will be available between housing areas and the CTA parking garages.


This year the Summer Institute offers ten full-week trainings with instruction that spans Sunday to Thursday. Here’s the list of available trainings.

In this organizing training, we will focus on the strategies and best practices for winning campaigns, which includes skills in recruiting, engaging, and organizing members at our worksites and in our communities.

Teams will leave with concrete tools and practical skills to maintain high union membership, establish worksite action teams to increase member leadership and involvement at every site and engage and build a vibrant chapter that has power to win on issues.

This training is for:

  • Organizing Teams
  • Chapter Officers
  • Executive Board Members
  • Membership Committees
  • Worksite Action Teams
  • Site Representatives

Designed for Chapter Teams, not Individuals.

For program information, contact Memo Durgin at

Get ready to brew up some union strong communications!

Learn the latest tools and skills to communicate with impact internally and externally. Sessions include panels on how to win with messaging and strengthen the labor movement, training on storytelling and media relations, and your chance to get your hands on the latest digital tools for graphic design, video, podcasting, and more! A perfect training for communications committee chairs, those in charge of chapter digital communications, and leaders seeking to hone their advocacy skills.

For program information, contact Amy Feldman at

CTA is excited to host a Community Schools training at the Summer Institute this year! Due to limitations on space, the CTA Summer Institute Community Schools training is invite-only.

Chapters being invited and are planning to attend this training must pre-register for themselves and their teams through the CTA Human Rights Department. This training is primarily focused on chapters with districts who have applied, been awarded, are actively campaigning for working to apply for a CCSPP Planning or Implementation Grant AND have been engaging in CTA Community Schools activities.

For more information, email the CTA Human Rights Department at

This training will support association leaders in becoming knowledgeable and persuasive advocates for economic justice and the education profession, especially in these times of political extremes. Participants will be prepared to be effective in defending against privatization, attacks to public education and in promoting a just, democratic and equitable society.

We will explore the growing economic and social inequality in the US, basics of the tax system, the California school funding system and how these subjects are connected. Special emphasis will be placed on strengthening leaders’ understanding of the issues, our unifying message on increasing school funding and how to successfully advocate our issues with credibility and ease.  This training will prepare attendees to be eligible for participation in a presentation cadre on tax fairness and economic justice during the following year to support long-term school funding efforts.

For program information, contact Angela Su at

This session is intended for all CTA members who are beginning their activism in their local union. The Emerging Leaders training is an intensive program designed to provide faculty/site representatives, association committee members, and education advocates with the information, resources, and skills needed to become effective organizers and future leaders of their chapters. Participants will acquire knowledge and skills in the basic concepts of unionism and advocacy, union history, union structure, and effective relational organizing strategies. A variety of activities are designed to enhance the experience participants will have over the course of the week.

Members interested in obtaining bargaining or grievance representation skills should not attend this training. Additionally, potential participants should be aware of the targeted audience and the nature of this training before signing up to participate. Accurate contact information for individual participants is essential when registering for the training.

For program questions, contact Rose Luna at

Essential Bargaining Skills serves as the introductory training in CTA’s Summer Institute programs focused on understanding and navigating the bargaining process and contract negotiations at the local chapter level.

Participants in Essential Bargaining Skills will learn about their union’s rights under California collective bargaining law; the bargaining process from sunshine to ratification/impasse; bargaining power and the importance of member engagement and support in negotiations; how best to prepare for bargaining and contract negotiations; processes for surveying and determining member priorities in contract negotiations; reading and drafting contract language proposals; and verbal skills, table tactics, and strategies for bargaining with management.

The training is team-oriented and provides opportunities for participants to develop essential bargaining skills and knowledge through practice in exercises and simulations. Course content is applicable to certificated and classified chapter bargaining team members working in the K-12 and Community College setting.

For program information, contact Tom Pinkava at

The Fundamental Skills for Bargaining Chairs training is designed for experienced bargaining team members who are the current or future Bargaining Chair. Participants must previously have completed Essential Bargaining Skills AND School Finance trainings at Summer Institute prior to the 2020 Summer Institute in addition to at least one year of experience on a local bargaining team. Those not meeting these prerequisites for this track will not be admitted.

This training will provide fundamental skills and knowledge for a Bargaining Chair, including team management, analyzing contract language, identifying key elements of a district budget, the bargaining process through impasse and beyond, and planning your bargaining from initial proposal to strike or settlement.

For program questions, contact Kris Dickson at

Bringing Back the Joy of Teaching

Interested in adding a little more joy to your classroom?  Come join us this summer and let’s bring back the Joy of Teaching!  Participants in the IPD Training will have interactive experiences with exciting keynote speakers and elective sessions led by classroom experts and will leave with practical tools and strategies to use in their classrooms right away to make teaching and learning fun again.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Roni Habib – play, games, fun, and building relationships
  • Sandra Leu Bonanno – integrating literacy, joy, and cultural affirmation
  • Efrain Tovar – integrating writing, technology, joy, and cultural affirmation
  • John Spencer – curiosity, creativity, design thinking, and empowerment

For program information, contact Brian Guerrero at

The CTA IPD strand also hosts the Navigating National Board Summer Intensive. More information is available here at

Strengthen your Association with CTA/NEA Member Benefits Engagement

Are you looking for additional ways to engage members? All current and future local leaders play a crucial role in recruiting, engaging, and maintaining membership for your association. Attend these lively and informative sessions to get familiar with CTA/NEA Member Benefits programs and the important role you fulfill by promoting strong member recruitment and engagement plans.

Join us as we explore proactive approaches for adding Member Benefits messaging to your engagement calendars, from onboarding new hires to adding variety to your chapter meetings. We’ll share strategies to strengthen your relationship-building efforts, including resources for continually engaging members throughout the year. You’ll explore what fits best with your chapter to improve capacity and build a truly engaged membership.

This fully immersive training allows members to get familiar with CTA/NEA Member Benefits programs and the important role you fulfill by promoting strong member recruitment and engagement plans. Incentive awards are available to assist your chapter with conference expense to attend the Member Benefits training. Apply for the award which can cover conference fees during the registration process.

For questions about this fun-filled five-day journey, contact the CTA Member Benefits Department at  or (650) 552-5200. For additional Leader MB Engagement Resources, visit:

The School Finance training is designed for negotiators who have previously completed the Essential Bargaining Skills training at Summer Institute. Please note that those not meeting this prerequisite for this training will not be admitted.

This session is designed for association leaders and bargaining team members who want to become more knowledgeable about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and school district budgets. The skills and knowledge obtained from this training will sharpen your skills to manage financial data and increase your confidence to handle the impact of the budget on bargaining. Training includes tracking the trends of budget priorities, calculating the cost of a bargaining proposal, determining a district’s ability to pay and developing comparability data to support bargaining objectives.

For program information, contact Dave Brown at