CCEA Conference 2020

CCEA Conference 2020 @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to recent COVID-19 State and Federal mandates, and for the safety of our members and attendees, the 2020 Conference has been postponed to 2021 at the same location, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Read the full update here

Moved to 2021!

The 2020 Conference has been postponed to September 2021, and will be combined with the 2021 Conference. The information below has been changed. For the latest event information and to register for the “Double” Conference, visit here.

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October 2-4, 2020 @ San Diego, CA — changed!

CCEA Conference 2020 at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, October 2-4

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We’re proud to announce the California Continuation Education Association’s 2020 State Conference in San Diego on the weekend of Oct 2-4: “CCEA 2020 Vision, Making a Difference Together”. Join our community of educators, administrators, friends and family for three amazing days of workshops, seminars, student art shows, and our awards celebrations (read more below). Register and pay online before July 17th and get $35 off!*

Hosted at:

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina 
1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 | View Map
Ask for CCEA room block rate (limited Wednesday, open Thursday-Sunday)
Room rate (while available): Group Rate Booking Link *
*Note: the hotel recommends online reservations. Details below
Phone: (619) 291-2900 | About Venue

Already an active member?  Register CCEA Member 
Sign up multiple attendees in one purchase:  Group Registration
Questions?  Start here:  Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Registration

Register and pay online before July 17th for an instant $35 off!*  Get a printable receipt for expense reporting, and pay by credit card or check via our online system.

Standard Registration (Non-Active Member) — $534 | $499 online only (before 7/17/19)
Full 3-day Conference registration | Includes 6 meals and all event access
Includes CCEA Professional membership (required with purchase)

Active Member$484 | $449 online only (before 7/17/19)
Full 3-day Conference registration | Includes 6 meals and all event access

Retired Active Member$199 online only
Full 3-day Conference registration | Includes 6 meals and all event access 
Please contact us for this special pricing

Conference Add-ons

Friday Model School Visit, Bus Trip (9am-12pm) — $19.00 | Sign Up for Trip

Friday Model Schools Gala Dinner Tickets — $95.00 | Purchase Tickets
Saturday Professional Awards Lunch — $50.00Purchase Tickets

Tables for 10 Friday Model Schools Gala Dinner — $875.00 | Purchase Tables
Tables for 10 Saturday Professional Awards Lunch — $400.00 | Purchase Tables

Vendor Display Tables Each — $505.00 and up | Purchase Vendor Package / Options
Includes one-year Professional Membership (*required)

To purchase add-on options:  visit the main registration page and add each additional option to your cart.  You can reserve more tables, tickets, and displays using the “quantity” box just above the “Add to cart” button.

Important Event Notes

Quick links:  View Tentative Agenda (updated PDF) | Keynote Speaker

Membership Required: CCEA membership is required for all Conference attendees and presenters. Active members can register online for a discounted price; this discount is only available for online registration, through the member’s account login.

Confirmation: payment is required in advance of the event for all attendees and dinner guests, in order to process badges, meals and seminars. Online registration provides immediate confirmation and an email receipt, with payment options including credit card, PayPal and Check (debit/withdrawal). Online registration is the preferred method for the 2020 Conference.

Group Registration: if you are purchasing for a group of attendees, our Group Registration allows you to easily register a number of attendees in one purchase.

Meals Included: all Conference registrations include 6 meals, listed below. Each Conference registration includes dinner for the attendee at the Friday Awards Gala. If you plan to bring a guest to the Awards dinner, please purchase an Extra Dinner Ticket.

  • Breakfasts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Lunches: Friday, Saturday (Awards lunch Oct 3rd)
  • Dinner: Friday (Gala dinner Oct 2nd)

Accommodations: hotel accommodations are not included in Conference registration. Please arrange separately. We have a special group rate block of rooms setup with the Sheraton San Diego. Days available include limited Wednesday, and open Thursday-Sunday. Use this link to book online: Group Rate Booking Link. Or, call (619) 291-2900, and ask about the CCEA room block. Or, try the call center at 1-888-544-2523 (open 24/7), and reference CCEA for the group rate. Please note that all May reservations have been canceled by the hotel, and guests need to make new reservations using the new booking link. For credit card authorization forms, you may request one by contacting (must be returned a minimum of 3 days prior to arrival date). Online booking is strongly recommended by the hotel for ease and convenience. Group block rooms are available while supplies last, and rates may vary over time.

Refunds and Transfers: we do not offer refunds on registrations or memberships, and cannot permit switching registrations for another person after orders are received. Billing policy (no refunds or transfers)

Once Registered: once paid, you are confirmed. Registered attendees can swing by check-in at the Conference and pick up their badges. Dinner guests do not need tickets, seats will be set aside for them. Advanced payment is sufficient, best before September 15th.

Topics, Tentative Agenda and Keynote Speaker

Jack O'Connell, CCEA Conference Keynote Speaker 2020

Keynote: Jack O’Connell is a former Calif State Superintendent of Education. He is also a partner with Barrett with Capital Advisors Group, an educational lobbyist group. Distinguished speakers include Jenny Singh and Betty Miura, CDE Accountability Adminstrators

About the Conference: This is the one conference of the year that focuses solely on the needs of continuation schools. Come and hear about best practices from continuation school educators from around the state. Topics will range from curriculum to climate, building hope with our students to taking care of our staffs. We’ll have experts from the California Department of Education to answer your questions about the DASS. In addition to the workshops and keynote speakers, we have found that attendees value the opportunity to meet and share ideas with our colleagues from continuation schools throughout California. We can learn best practices and new approaches to issues, and we can share our ideas with others. The conference is valuable for anyone who works in a continuation school setting. Administrators, teachers, counselors, and classified staff all find relevant, “ready to implement” strategies for the classroom and school. DASS SEL innovative practices in alternative education and more!

Agenda: early check-in starts Thursday, October 1st at 5pm. Registration, buffet breakfast and activities start early Friday morning (Oct. 2nd), and the Conference goes to around midday on Sunday (Oct. 4th).  The full schedule of events, breakout sessions, presentations and announcements about the Gala and Professional Awards will be included on this page, in August.  View Tentative Agenda (updated PDF)

Awards, Gala and Opportunities

Berkeley (Ferry Boat) at Maritime Museum of San Diego

Berkeley Ferry Boat (restored). Photo courtesy of Maritime Museum of San Diego

Model Schools Awards Gala: Friday, Oct. 2nd — the dinner will be held at the San Diego Maritime Museum on-board the Berkeley, a famous ferry boat that traveled on the Sacramento River. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel venue at no extra charge. Full Museum experience included in the ticket price, with several ships and submarines to see. Different hours, 4 – 10PM, to allow you to explore what the museum has to offer. At the Gala dinner, newly-selected Model Schools will be awarded and recognized. Professional awards and exemplary programs will be presented on Oct. 3rd (see below).

Exemplary Programs and Professional Awards Lunch: submit your nominee or program in advance of the Conference anytime until the March 6, 2020 deadline. Awards include Exemplary Programs, Superintendent of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Counselor or Support Person of the Year, and our Student Essay winners. Exemplary Programs will be featured; there will be no Roundtable Showcase. Professional awards and the exemplary programs showcase will be presented at the Saturday Awards lunch, Oct. 3rd, from 11:45 – 1:45PM @ Harbor Island Ballroom, Sheraton San Diego (the Conference venue). Lunch with keynote speaker Jack O’Connell, including awards for personnel, essays, art, Region Basket, Vendor’s Raffle/Auction Prizes. Make an Award Nomination

Call for Presenters: if you are interested in joining us as a speaker, presenter, or have a seminar in mind for the Conference, please Apply here. We are always seeking content area speakers and exemplary programs to share with our attendees.

Model School Visit: you may sign up for a spot on the Model School Visit bus trip during the 2020 Conference. Date: Friday, October 2, 2020. Transportation to and from the Conference venue is provided in the fee. Pickup will be at the Conference hotel venue at 9am, with the visit 9am-12pm. Updates will be provided using the “Sched” app that will come out shortly before the Conference weekend. (link to be posted here in August or Sept. 2020). Sign up for school visit

About the Model School Visit — We are excited this year to feature Garfield Continuation High School as our Model School visit. “Take kids where they are and push them forward,” that is the motto that Principal Dr. Jolie Pickett guides her leadership by. Garfield High School in San Diego, CA is the first continuation high school to be established in the country. They are now the main continuation high school site for the San Diego Unified School District. Fortunate to have a powerhouse administration team, strong Foundation, dedicated and highly qualified teachers and consistent district support, Garfield has a culture of respect, autonomy and professionalism that is evident the moment you walk onto their campus. Learn more

Student Art Show: we host a student art display each year in one of the main areas of the Conference. Consider including your students’ art. We’ll post the flyer and details in early 2020.

Student Design Contest: the Conference program’s cover art will be selected by contest from student art. Learn how to apply your student’s art. Learn more

Student Essay Contest: enter your top student’s essay. Each school may submit up to two essays, one from a Senior and one from a Junior. The top six essays will be recognized. The top three will receive awards and featured recognition at our annual CCEA conference. Learn more

To Pay by Purchase Order or by Check:

Purchase orders (PO) and checks are still accepted for 2020, however, we require our online order form to be completed in advance.  *Discounted pricing is not available for purchase orders or offline payments.

Each registration is $534 per person using this method. Fee applies. Registrations can only be processed once actual payment is received (required in advance of event). Active members can only receive member discounts online.


About the Venue

“Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina dazzles guests with waterfront views, sophisticated accommodations and four-star amenities. Benefiting from an excellent location on Harbor Island, our resort places the best of San Diego nearby; enjoy proximity to downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo and Petco Park. Arrive via a complimentary shuttle from San Diego International Airport and refresh in our light-filled accommodations, each featuring its own private balcony or patio, plus signature Sheraton amenities.”