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Symposium on Effectiveness in Educator Evaluation Coming May 21

A symposium — Celebrating Effectiveness in Educator Evaluation and Professional Learning — is coming to the Four Points by Sheraton in Meriden on May 21. The event, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council and the Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, is designed to provide an opportunity for teachers, administrators, and other education advocates to share promising practices related to educator evaluation.

The conference will include a morning welcome and keynote speech by John Mastroianni, Connecticut’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, followed by roundtable discussions and sessions with interactive presentations focused on best practices in evaluation and support from teacher and school leader perspectives. Presenters will include current practicing teachers and school leaders.

For more information and to register, click here.

Linking for Learning: Attend a Family Engagement Forum May 6

Cultivating and sustaining effective family engagement is some of the most important work educators do, and yet, with everything else on educators’ plates, sometimes the link home to families doesn’t get the attention it deserves. A forum on May 6 in East Hartford aims to change that by focusing on strategies and best practices for linking family engagement to student learning.

The forum will feature keynote speaker Karen Mapp, Ed.D., a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management master’s program. Over the past 20 years, Mapp’s research and practice focus has been on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members, and educators that support student achievement and school improvement. She is the author and coauthor of several articles and books about the role of families and community members in the work of student achievement and school improvement.

The forum will be held at the East Hartford Holiday Inn, 100 East River Drive, and consists of two different sessions.  Read more

National Healthy Schools Day

Photo by Ctd 2005 via Flickr.

Photo by Ctd 2005 via Flickr.

Children’s health and safety while at school is the primary concern of all educators, but sometimes we don’t realize all that a safe school climate includes. The indoor air and environmental quality of a school can have a big effect on students and educators and today, National Healthy Schools Day, is a great day to begin taking action to improve the environment at your school. Read more

Questions Raised About Funding for New Charters

Following the State Board of Education’s approval yesterday of four new charter schools for Connecticut, the senator who co-chairs the legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee has said she’s “sort of outraged that they approved additional charters.” Senator Beth Bye questioned where the money for the two charters the Board approved to open in 2015-16 is going to come from.

Read more from the Connecticut Mirror.

State Board Approves New Charter Schools

Incoming Bridgeport Education Association President Rob Traber speaks before the State Board of Education this morning.

Incoming Bridgeport Education Association President Rob Traber speaks before the State Board of Education this morning.

Today a local CEA leader — representing Bridgeport teachers — made an impassioned plea to the State Board of Education asking that the board reject new charter schools in the city because the vast majority of Bridgeport students would be hurt by that action.

Despite the plea, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the Great Oaks Charter School in Bridgeport and the Booker T. Washington Academy in New Haven to open in the fall and the Stamford Charter School for Excellence and Capital Prep Harbor School in Bridgeport to open for the 2015-16 school year. Read more

April Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

NEA Member Benefits works on behalf of three million NEA members to maximize your hard-earned dollars through consumer discounts and special travel and leisure offers. Below are some of the discounts NEA Member Benefits is providing this month.

NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured offers for April. Read more

Impact of Education Reform on Teachers

David BossoWhy did you become a teacher? What motivates you? How do you want to be remembered? These are some of the questions Berlin social studies teacher and Connecticut’s 2012 Teacher of the Year David Bosso asked his Teacher of the Year peers as part of his doctoral research.

He’s written up some of the common themes educators expressed when it comes to teacher morale, motivation, and professional identity. Read his blog post, “This is What I Am,” here.

SBAC Field Test Delayed

The State Department of Education today sent a memo to Connecticut superintendents saying that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) — the group developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Connecticut — has delayed the first week of field testing for the new exam. The assessment, which some districts were set to administer starting March 18, will now be administered starting on March 25.

Read the entire memo from the State Department of Education here.

Still Time to Register for CEA’s New Teacher Conference

New teacher brochure imageLooking to meet other new teachers from around the state while learning more about your profession and your union? Come to CEA’s New Teacher Conference, Saturday, April 5, at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center.

Attendees can choose from among 14 different workshop sessions on a wide range of topics. The keynote speaker is Maury Koffman, an educator, leader, second-generation union activist from East Lansing, Michigan, and member of the NEA Executive Committee Read more

CEA Future Educators Reach Out and Read

CEA Student Program members pose with the Cat in the Hat during a Read Across America event in Rhode Island last weekend. From left are,

CEA Student Program members pose with the Cat in the Hat during a Read Across America event in Rhode Island last weekend. From left are Melissa Scarbrough, Jill Griswold, the Cat, Emily Oaks, and Jessica Jallouk.

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


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