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Watching the Summer Night Sky

night skyBrush up on your stargazing skills, and get ready to enjoy humankind’s first TV, the night sky.

These lessons, activities, and resources compiled by Phil Nast for NEA will help you locate and identify celestial objects with equipment as basic as your own eyes.

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Don’t Miss Your Special NEA Member Perks

To help you get the most out of your membership, NEA Member Benefits has worked with their partners to arrange special NEA member offers, bonuses and freebies. Many are highlighted below. This is on top of the wide range of programs and services enjoyed by NEA members.

You can also sign up for free newsletters. Get timely tips and information that can help you save money, manage your finances, plan vacations and more—all tailored just for educators.

And don’t miss the giveaways that are running right now—you could be the winner of a $2,000 scholarship from Sallie Mae this month!
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Mortgage Assistance Program for Teachers

file5771244374223Are you looking to buy a home? If you’re considering buying in certain districts or you teach in a shortage area, check out the Connecticut Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

The Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program offers home loans at below-market interest rates to Connecticut public school teachers. To be eligible for the program, you must be employed as a Connecticut-certified public school teacher or a certified regional vocational-technical teacher. You must also be a first-time homebuyer unless you purchase a home in a federally targeted area.

Click here to find out if you quality for the Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

Read the program brochure.

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority website offers information on this and other mortgage programs, a list of participating lenders, targeted areas of the state, subject matter shortage areas, and priority and transitional school districts.

NOTE: New updated information is effective July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

Day of Golf Benefits Students in Need

CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake and CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas.

CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake and CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas on the morning of the CEF Golf Tournament.

More than 200 golfers and supporters—teachers from across the state, friends, business partners, and CEA staff—had fun, while raising money to help disadvantaged public school students this week. The 22nd annual Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament took place at Glastonbury Hills Country Club on July 11.

“There are a lot of children who are better off thanks to the people who play in our tournament, and our generous sponsors and volunteers,” said CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake. “All of the money CEF gives out to students in need, comes from this one tournament.” Read more

Help Connecticut Address Climate Change

Blue sky and cloudsA state council is gathering input from stakeholders across Connecticut as part of its charge to develop a plan to meet the state’s mandated goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2001 levels by 2050.

The Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) is holding a second set of roundtable events on Tuesday, July 26th, that will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (refreshments available at 5:00 p.m.) The primary/central location will be in Hartford, with nine satellite locations across the state (from Goshen to Groton and from Norwalk to Killingly). Participants at the satellite locations will view the presentation via video link and then engage in facilitated dialogue at the local level.

RSVP to attend by clicking here. You will receive detailed location information and background materials prior to the event. Read more

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a Wallingford Teacher!

Wallingford teacher Chris Stone is being highlighted this month by NEA Member Benefits.

Wallingford teacher Chris Stone is being highlighted this month by NEA Member Benefits.

Students at Pond Hill Elementary School aren’t surprised that teacher Christopher Stone is being recognized this month as a superhero by NEA Member Benefits.

Second-grader Trey Foucault said, “I’ve thought of him as a superhero all along—before anyone in Washington found out. He teaches us a lot. He’s really, really fun to be around.”

Second-grader Lyanne Trieu added that “Mr. Stone is all about helping us improve in math and science. He makes us happy when we are learning.” Read more

July Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

1-DSCN1820Don’t miss out on savings from NEA Member Benefits this summer! Check out the highlighted offers for July.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for July 2016

Hot deals for the height of summer! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for July! Read more

NEA RA Delegates Hear from Clinton on Supporting Students, Teachers

“If I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, educators will have a partner in the White House—and you’ll always have a seat at the table,” Hillary Clinton told delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly today. “I have this idea that when we’re making decisions about education, we should actually listen to educators.”

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee talked to the over 7,500 elected delegates from around the country, including 130 from Connecticut, about the need to provide all children with a high-quality education, reduce the emphasis on testing, and give more much-needed support to educators.

“Tests should get back to their original purpose and provide useful information to teachers and parents so that you know and parents know how our kids and schools are doing in order to help them improve,” Clinton said. “When you’re forced to teach to a test, our children miss out on some of the most valuable lessons and experiences they can gain in the classroom. And it hurts our low-income kids and communities the most.” Read more

CT Teachers Celebrate the Fourth While Hard at Work in D.C.

CT at NEA RAThis July Fourth, some of your Connecticut colleagues are busy in Washington, D.C., serving as members of the world’s largest democratic deliberative body: the NEA Representative Assembly (RA). From July 4-7, 130 CEA members are joining the over 7,500 elected delegates who are representing three million NEA members. Delegates will debate the vital issues that affect American public education and set NEA policy and activities for the year ahead.

Earlier this year, CEA members elected their peers to represent their concerns as delegates to the NEA RA. Delegates represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the NEA membership. Read more

Quinnipiac Future Teachers Honored for Activism and Dedication

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Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization members pose with their award. From left are Luciana Fohz, public relations; Diana Mikelis, co-vice president; Nina Burns, president; Kayla Thomson, co-vice president; Samantha Paradee, treasurer; and Becky Folz, secretary.

A chapter of the CEA Student Program, the Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization, has won the NEA Outstanding Local Excellence Award for a chapter with 101-200 members at the NEA Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The Quinnipiac Future Teachers beat out four other nominated university chapters from around the country due to their community outreach activities, political action, and teacher quality.

Nina Burns, Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization president, said, “We are very honored to be recognized by NEA. We have always been an active club thanks to our dedicated members, but getting involved with CEA has allowed us to become more politically aware. We credit that and our local partners with our ability to grow this year.” Read more

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