CCEA Plus Conference 2021

2021 CCEA Plus Conference, April 15-18 @ San Diego, CA
IMPORTANT UPDATE: For the safety of our members and attendees, the 2020 Conference has been postponed to April 2021, and will be combined with the 2021 Conference at the same location. The latest event information will be posted here on this page first, as it becomes available. All registrations, tickets and tables purchased for the 2020 Conference will be honored and credited automatically for the new dates, with no further action needed (see below details). New registrations for 2021 can be made below. Our hotel room block rate is available now, booking link below. Both continuation and community day schools are invited to this event with new programming. We look forward to seeing you all again at this special “Double” Conference! Read the update letter here

April 15-18, 2021 @ San Diego, CA

CCEA Plus Conference 2021 Flyer

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We’re proud to announce the CCEA Plus 2021 State Conference in San Diego on the weekend of April 15-18. We’ll be honoring Model Schools and awardees from both 2020 and 2021, and featuring three amazing days of workshops, seminars, student art shows, and celebrations. Join our community of educators, administrators, friends and family for his long-awaited chance to gather again! Register and pay online before March 17th and get $40 off!*

Hosted at:

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina 
1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 | View Map
Booking link for CCEA Plus block rate (online booking recommended). Attendees may also contact the hotel Reservation’s Center at 1-888-236-2427 — ask for CCEA room rate (limited Wednesday, open Thursday-Sunday). Room block reservations cut-off date is March 17, 2021.
General venue 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 March 17th for an instant $40 off!*  Get a printable receipt for expense reporting, and pay by credit card or check via our online system.

Standard Registration (Non-Active Member) — $539 | $499 online only (before 3/17/21)
Full 3-day Conference registration | Includes 6 meals and all event access
Includes CCEA Professional membership (required with purchase)

Active Member$489 | $449 online only (before 3/17/21)
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 — $510.00 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

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 2021 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.

2020 Conference Purchases: all 2020 Conference purchases and registrations will be honored and automatically carried over to the 2021 Conference. There will be no increase or change in cost to those that have pre-paid for 2020, including the awards celebrations and meals. If previously registered for the 2020 Conference, you will receive an all-access badge to the 2021 dates at the venue Check-in.

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 April 17th)
  • Dinner: Friday (Gala dinner April 16th)

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. Online booking is recommended — hotel booking link for CCEA’s room block rate. Attendees may also contact the hotel Reservation’s Center at 1-888-236-2427 (ask for the CCEA Plus room rate). Room block reservations must be made by March 17, 2021. Please note that all 2020 reservations have been canceled by the hotel, and guests need to make new reservations. 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 hotel venue and pick up their badges. Dinner guests do not need tickets, seats will be set aside for them. Advanced payment is sufficient, best before March 26th for personalized badge printing.

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 and community day schools. Come and hear about best practices from 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, April 15th at 5pm. Registration, buffet breakfast and activities start early Friday morning (April 16th), and the Conference goes to around midday on Sunday (April 18th).  The full schedule of events, breakout sessions, presentations and announcements about the Gala and Professional Awards will be included on this page.

Awards, Gala and Opportunities

USS Midway event venueModel Schools Awards Gala: Friday, April 16th — the dinner will be held aboard the historic USS Midway aircraft carrier on the water. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel venue at no extra charge. At the Gala dinner, newly-selected Model Schools from both 2020 and 2021 will be awarded and recognized. See more photos of this amazing venue. Professional awards and exemplary programs will be presented on April 17th (see below). Get tickets

Exemplary Programs and Professional Awards Lunch: submit your nominee or program in advance of the Conference anytime until the March 6, 2021 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, April 17, 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. Both awards from 2020 and 2021 will be featured. 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, April 16, 2021. 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. Sign up for school visit (coming soon)

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 2021.

Student Design Contest: the Conference program’s cover art was selected in 2020, and will be presented on the 2021 brochure cover. The contest is currently closed, and no longer accepting entries.

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 Plus conference. Learn more

To Pay by Purchase Order or by Check:

Purchase orders (PO) and checks are still accepted for 2021, 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 $539 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.”