Upcoming Workshops for AFT Guild Members (4/05/2021)

Thurs. 4/8 Retirement 101 workshop & future post-convention training events

Please distribute widely: the following workshops are open to ALL CFT members!

Local Leaders and Staff,

Following our 2021 Convention, we are happy to offer a series of workshops that are open to all CFT members. The first one is this coming Thursday, April 8th: Retirement 101: What I Wish I Had Known When I Was 30. You can register for any of the workshops below by clicking on the link, and you can also find all of these via our website at www.cft.org/training. See you at a training event soon!

Retirement 101 — What I Wish I Had Known When I Was 30

  Thursday, April 8
4pm – 5:30pm

Doug Orr, Chair, CFT Retirement Policy Committee

What’s the difference between “defined benefit,” “defined contribution,” and “cash balance” retirement plans? What does CalSTRS offer? What about Social Security, the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), and the Government Pension Offset (GPO)? What are traditional IRAs, self-directed IRA’s, 403(b) plans, 457 plans, and Roth versions of these plans? What’s an annuity? What can a financial adviser do for you? This session answers all these questions and more.

Stress Management and Self Care for Educators


 Wednesday, April 14
4:30pm – 6:00pm

Elaine Merriweather, Chair, CFT Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Committee
Nancy Smith, Member, CFT Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Committee

The past year has been an extremely stressful one for all of us. Stress can have severe impacts on our health and well-being, and we often haven’t learned healthy ways to cope. Controlling one’s stress level improves everyday function and health. In this workshop we will discuss sources of stress and techniques to manage it. We will share self-care resources, strategies, and tips to help educators reduce everyday stress and lead a more relaxed and enjoyable life.

My Retirement Benefits in CalSTRS 

Thursday, April 15
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Wendy Cabrera, CalSTRS

Are you ready to get serious about understanding your retirement? This interactive workshop is designed to give you all the tools you need to calculate your retirement. You will also learn about important topics like the CalSTRS’ hybrid retirement system, survivor benefits, your retirement gap, and steps to increase your retirement income. Get the information you need to know to be informed about CalSTRS retirement.

Best Practices for Young Children During Distance Learning


 Saturday, April 17
10:00am – 11:30am

Betty Robinson-Harris, Chair, Early Childhood Education Committee
Gloria Garcia, President, Early Childhood Federation
Berta Harris, Member, AFT Guild, San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges
Maria Huitron, Treasurer, Early Childhood Federation

Describe, discuss, and identify best practices for young children during distance learning. Panelists will talk about their experiences educating young children through distance learning. We will explore both best practices and practices to avoid. We will pinpoint fundamental experiences that foster quality early care and education.

Planning for Retirement from CalPERS 

Thursday, April 22
4:00pm – 6:00pm


Are you ready to get serious about understanding your retirement? This interactive workshop is designed to give you all the tools you need to calculate your retirement in CalPERS. You will also learn about important topics like the CalPERS’ survivor and death benefits, steps to increase your retirement income, and more. Get everything you need to be fully informed about CalPERS retirement.

Combatting Homelessness


 Tuesday, May 4
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Stephanie White, Member, Los Angeles College Faculty Guild

This workshop will review the history of homelessness, the impact of homelessness in our schools, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on homelessness.

The Educator Edit: Preparing Your Life for School Reentry


 Wednesday, May 5
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Wendy San Juan, Vice President, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers

Like in in the show Home Edit, this school year required clearing, reinventing, organizing, purging, and rebuilding. We learned that in order to care for our students we had to care for ourselves first. What adjustments will be needed to return to school?

In this interactive workshop we explore strategies and resources including understanding your brain, hacking your physiology to find balance, making the brain-gut connection for mental health, recreating your home to support you at work, how to streamline our efforts to adapt to the new in-school environment, plus a tool kit of resources. Come learn connections to what you are already doing and new ways to help you make the adjustment back to in-school teaching.

Retirement for Part-time Educators

  Friday, May 7
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Kevin Dunn, CalSTRS

Want to find out more about the CalSTRS benefits and services you have access to as a part-time educator? In this webinar, you’ll compare the two benefit programs that may be available to you and determine which program you’re paying into. You’ll learn about how to increase your retirement income, the importance of supplemental savings, and considerations to keep in mind throughout your career. You’re helping students build their futures, don’t forget about yours.

About our webinars

When you register to attend a Zoom training webinar, you will receive email confirmation of your registration directly from Zoom. The email will contain the link to join the videoconference from your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device, as well as the phone number if you choose to call in for your audio.  

Additional training information can be found at www.cft.org/training

Zev Kvitky
Training Director
CFT: A Union of Educators and Classified Professionals
510-384-7645 cell
510-523-5238 work