Near Retirement Workshops

Attend a workshop or benefits planning session

Overview

As a near-retirement CalSTRS member, we suggest the below workshops and benefits planning sessions. Learn how to make the most of your CalSTRS membership below.

COVID-19 updates

To protect our members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have formatted our in-person workshops to online webinars. We are committed to providing the same educational workshops in webinar format so you can continue to take an active role in your retirement from the safety of your home.

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Individual Benefits Planning Session

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Explore your CalSTRS benefits and services with the help of a CalSTRS benefits specialist in a confidential, one-on-one setting.

The CalSTRS individual benefits planning sessions cover:

  • Your personalized CalSTRS benefit estimates.
  • Beneficiary options and how to leave a lifetime benefit to your loved ones.
  • How to purchase service credit and what happens to your unused sick leave.
  • Concurrent retirement—retiring from more than one California public retirementsystem.
  • Considerations pertaining to healthbenefits, Medicare and Social Security.

For available session dates and times, simply call 800-228-5453 and select option 3.

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Group Benefits Planning Session

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Explore your CalSTRS benefits and services with the help of a CalSTRS benefits specialist in a confidential, yet interactive, small group setting with fellow educators.

The CalSTRS and Your Retirement group session covers:

  • Your personalized CalSTRS benefit estimates.
  • Beneficiary options and how to leave a lifetime benefit to your loved ones.
  • How to purchase service credit and what happens to your unused sick leave.
  • Concurrent retirement—retiring from more than one California public retirement system.
  • Considerations pertaining to health benefits, Medicare and Social Security.

Advance registration is required.

Simply call 800-228-5453 and select option 3.

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Application Roundtable Demonstration

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Ready to retire? Have you made your retirement decisions? Get hands-on assistance with your CalSTRS Service Retirement Application in an interactive, small group setting with other CalSTRS members.

During this group session, you’ll be able to:

  • Get personal assistance with your application from a CalSTRS benefits specialist.
  • Complete and submit your CalSTRS Service Retirement Application.
  • Update your one-time death benefit recipient.
  • Bring your spouse or partner to sign your application.

Register for the Paper Application Roundtable Demonstration webinar

Register for the Online Application Roundtable Demonstration webinar

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Pension2

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Identify smart way to save more for your future.

Looking for a smart way to save more for your future? In this Pension2 webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How much of your retirement income will come from your CalSTRS monthly benefit.
  • Determine the gap between your CalSTRS benefit and your retirement income goal.
  • See why it pays to start a 403(b) or 457(b) account sooner rather than later.
  • Learn how Pension2’s Easy Choice Portfolios can simplify your investing decisions.

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Protect Your Future

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Many retirees underestimate their retirement income and expenses. Being realistic, planning ahead and learning ways to mitigate common obstacles, including inflation, rising health care costs and scams, can help you make sure your money lasts throughout your retirement.

  • Identify your guaranteed and non-guaranteed income sources.
  • Learn ways to reduce the risks of underestimating your expenses.
  • Learn strategies for withdrawing your invested dollars.
  • Get a step-by-step guide to choosing a financial professional.

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My Retirement Decisions

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Learn about your retirement decisions and more by attending the My Retirement Decisions Workshop.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How we calculate your CalSTRS monthly retirement benefit.
  • The options you can choose if you want to provide a lifetime monthly benefit to your survivors—and how each option would affect your monthly benefit.
  • Your choices for receiving the funds in your Defined Benefit Supplement account, if you have one.
  • Ways to submit your Service Retirement Application.
  • What you need to know if you return to work in the California public school system in retirement.

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Retire Now or Later

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If you’re comfortable with technology and want to better understand your retirement options and calculate your own retirement estimates, this Retire Now or Later online workshop is perfect for you.

With the guidance of a CalSTRS benefits specialist, you’ll learn how to:

  • Access CalSTRS online resources.
  • Log into your myCalSTRS account and access your Retirement Progress Report
  • Use the CalSTRS Retirement Benefits Calculator to generate multiple retirement estimates.
  • Determine if you can retire now or later.

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