CEA Student Program (CEASP) members aren’t waiting around until they have classrooms of their own — they’re eager for any opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives. One such opportunity brought four CEASP members to Rhode Island last weekend, where they were able to reach out to 700-800 children during a statewide NEA Read Across America event. Read more
In Naugatuck, Read Across America Day not only fosters children’s love of reading, it’s also a day to strengthen relationships and ties between students and schools. High school students gave their time this morning to be role models to younger students by reading to classes at Western Elementary School — some of them reading to a younger sibling, or reconnecting with a former teacher.
The 28 Naugatuck High School students who ventured out into below-freezing temperatures and climbed the hill to the neighboring elementary school were all volunteers who had sought out the opportunity to give back. Read more
Saying time is of the essence, CEA today urged the new Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Working Group* to convene immediately with teachers playing a central role in addressing the botched implementation of the CCSS in Connecticut classrooms.
“Our students can’t afford to wait. There’s no redo for them when precious teaching and learning time is lost to problems connected with CCSS implementation,” said CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg.
At a news conference today in Hartford, Waxenberg shared with reporters CEA’s specific recommendations about the group’s charge. Read more
NEA offers a variety of educational resources to support teachers. Below is a selection of websites where you can find printables, books, instructional videos for you and your students, lesson plans, and other free resources for your classroom.
- Teaching Channel: Videos That Inspire Teaching
Find more than 800 videos of effective K-12 teaching practices, which can be searched by keyword or browsed, and filtered by subject, grade, and topic. Registration is free and allows access to downloadable resources.
- Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
This twelve-chapter introduction to the French Revolution provides an archive of some of the Revolution’s most important documents. Find access to texts, images and music. Suitable for European History or French students in grades 9-12. Read more
By CEA President Sheila Cohen
In a letter to members, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel has called for a course correction when it comes to Common Core, saying that “implementation has been completely botched.” This message from NEA reinforces what we here in Connecticut have already been saying, based on extensive conversations with members. NEA has listened and responded to our concerns and the issues raised by Connecticut teachers.
As the problems with the roll out of Common Core are highlighted on the national stage, we hope that lawmakers, especially in the Connecticut General Assembly, will continue to listen to teachers and respond to the important concerns they have raised. Our students and their educations must always come first, and policymakers should not move forward unless they can guarantee students won’t be harmed or shortchanged. Read more
A new policy brief validates what teachers have known all along: Class size matters. The brief, which summarizes academic literature on the topic, finds class size makes a difference when it comes to everything from test scores to broader life outcomes — especially for low-income and minority children.
Studying for and taking the SATs are a rite of passage for college-bound high school students, but a new study is casting doubt on the usefulness of this high-stakes exam. At colleges and universities that have made the submission of SAT scores optional, students who did not submit scores had a cumulative GPA only 0.05 percent lower and a college graduation rate just 0.6 percent lower than students who did submit scores. Read more
The Connecticut Education Association has endorsed State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield in the special election for the open State Senate District 10 seat.
CEA President Sheila Cohen said, “Gary has long been an advocate for public education and labor unions. He has shown a willingness to work with educators and put the needs of students and public schools first.”
The special election will take place on Tuesday, February 25, for New Haven and West Haven voters. The Senate vacancy came about when former State Senator Toni Harp was elected mayor of New Haven. Read more
New flexibility options for districts implementing the teacher evaluation system have been approved by the State Board of Education, and the State Department of Education (SDE) has now issued guidance to superintendents for implementing the new flexibility. The SDE sent details on the new flexibility options to superintendents Monday. Read more
Glamor, pageantry, and the red carpet are a world away from a typical classroom teacher’s job, but Wallingford educator Chris Stone was one of the lucky teachers who got to experience a moment in the spotlight recently. Stone was recognized on the national stage Friday night as one of only five recipients of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.
Stone was honored at the NEA Foundation’s annual gala, known as the Academy Awards of public education. The event is a celebration of the men and women who work in America’s public schools. Read more