The California Teachers Association hosts statewide conferences designed to provide knowledge and skills for members as they go about the work of the Organization. While each conference has its own agenda and its own focus, you'll find some similarities among the offerings: Keynote Speakers, Educational Workshops and Professional Development, Leadership Training and Extensive Networking Opportunities.

If you are interested in attending a conference, check with TALB President Barry Welsch before registering to see if TALB can cover some of your registration/lodging costs. Send email to

Below is a description of CTA Statewide Conferences:

GLBT Issues Conference: December 9-11, 2016 @ Palm springs

This conference is open to all CTA members and will serve as a venue to discuss a variety of subjects affecting the entire membership and California’s youth. Participants will have a variety of workshops to choose from that will address the needs of the CTA Membership, the Students and the Community.

Issues Conference: January 20-22, 2017 @ Las Vegas

The Story of Us in the Brave New World continues to be CTA’s driving focus to address the challenges facing educators today. CTA’s Strategic Plan’s Areas of Focus specifically address the means to build a stronger profession and protect public education. The 2017 Issues Conference sessions are aligned with the CTA Strategic Plan and include sessions on current issues in education, professional development and member engagement.

Equity and Human Rights Conference: March 3-5, 2017 @ San Jose

This conference will capture the essence in CTA’s Mission Statement: to ensure that the dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected and to secure a more equitable and democratic society.

This unique conference offers dynamic speakers and more than 40 workshops to provide all CTA members with a greater understanding of the issues of diversity, equity and social justice.

New Educator Weekend: March 10-12, 2017 @ Irvine

CTA’s New Educator Weekend is a new type of conference within the CTA world. Participants will be educators in their first five years in the profession. The New Educator Weekend has everything that new educators need in the first years of teaching with sessions and electives concentrating on:

  • Classroom Management – Creating a productive and inspiring learning environment
  • Navigating IEP’s and Special Education Areas
  • What I wish I knew my first years of teaching
  • Working with colleagues, administration and parents
  • Common Core, State Standards, Assessments and Pedagogy
  • Teaching is a Career
  • Resources and Programs available to members

Good Teaching Conference - South: March 17-19, 2017 @ Garden Grove

The CTA Good Teaching Conferences continue to support 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. 

Joint Ethnic Caucus Issues Conference: May 5-7, 2017 @ Manhattan Beach

The theme, “Be Proud, Be United, Be Engaged for California Public Schools,” reflects the strength of diversity in promoting the quality of life for everyone. This conference will provide participants with more knowledge of issues facing our ethnic minority communities and how to advocate for change.