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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on DeVos’s Attack on East Hartford Public Schools

Betsy DeVos’s attack on East Hartford Public Schools is alarming, demoralizing, and unwarranted—but not unexpected from a woman who is totally unqualified and unfit to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, representing the nation’s public education system.

In an attempt to undermine public education in our country and push her privatization policies, she continues to insult the millions of professional educators who dedicate their lives to teaching and empowering students. Read more

Retired Teachers Urged to Speak Out, Contact Legislators

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown, CEA-Retired Vice President Bill Murray (who sits on the CT Teachers’ Retirement Board), and CEA-Retired Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Karen O’Connell and Myles Cohen fielded questions about legislative teacher pension proposals.

“How our pensions are funded is extremely important,” CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown told her colleagues this morning. “Get on the phone, send a letter or an email to your legislators. We have to do something—we can’t let the state shift the cost of teacher pensions onto cities and towns.”

Brown and other leaders of CEA-Retired told the hundreds of retired teachers gathered this morning for the CEA-Retired Spring Business Meeting that they must take action against legislative proposals for a teacher pension cost shift. Such proposals would force cities and towns to raise taxes and cut essential services. Read more

Promoting Physical Fitness

Get active, stay fit, and have fun doing it with sports, games, and activities described in the following lesson plans and resources.

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Middle and High School Students Learn What it Takes to Be a Teacher

National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes gave the keynote address at the 20th Annual Connecticut Future Teachers Conference.

“You have come from all corners of the state—I’m happy to see so many middle and high schools represented,” Dr. Zulma R. Toro told students gathered this morning for the Connecticut Future Teachers Conference.

“Connecticut is a very diverse state and we are proud of that,” the Central Connecticut State University president said to the hundreds of future educator club members gathered on her campus. “That’s why it’s so important that people of all backgrounds become teachers. Diversity in the teaching ranks is vital to the success of all school children.”

The annual conference, now in its 20th year, is sponsored by the Regional Educational Service Center Minority Teacher Recruitment Alliance. It seeks to inspire all young people, but particularly students of color, to consider teaching as a profession.
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West Hartford School Celebrates International Night

Aiken Elementary School in West Hartford has an increasingly diverse student population—which the school community thinks is cause for celebration. Every year the school comes together for a special International Night so that students can learn more about the cultures of their friends and neighbors.

Watch what parents and teachers at Aiken have to say about the school’s most recent International Night.

Educator Certification Shortage Areas for 2017-18

If you’re working under an endorsement that is considered a shortage area you may be eligible for benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance.

Based on a survey done in the fall, the state Department of Education released the Certification Shortage Areas for 2017-18.

Most of the shortage areas remain the same as they did in 2016-17, however, for the coming year, teaching English to speakers of other languages and teaching occupational subject areas at vocational technical high schools were added as shortage areas. School psychologist and intermediate administrator were removed from the list. Read more

Register Now For CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference

Summer is right around the corner—don’t forget to make plans to attend CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference. This year’s conference, which will take place July 31 – August 2 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center, will emphasize how members can stand up and be strong voices in support of their students and the teaching profession.

CEA is offering a variety of workshops and mini-sessions to help you and your local become more effective. Workshop topics range from beginning negotiations to organizing against the workplace bully to helping new teachers survive and thrive—and much more.

Each local association may send up to eight free attendees this year. Please contact your Local Association President prior to registering to determine if you are eligible to attend at no cost.

See the conference brochure for more information.

Click here to register.

Special Education & Equity in Connecticut

Mary Beth Bruder, UConn; Marisa Halm, Center for Children’s Advocacy; Catherine Holahan, EducationCounsel; and Betty Sternbger, CCSU took part in a panel moderated by WNPR’s David DesRoches.

As with other areas of public education, when it comes to special education there are big disparities between districts. How do we make sure all students and families receive equitable special education services? 

That was the topic of a panel discussion at a recent Special Education in Connecticut Summit sponsored by the UConn Neag School of Education and the Klebanoff Institute.

“Early identification and early screening are so important,” said Catherine Holahan, senior legal and policy advisor for EducationCounsel.
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How to Survive Year-End Stress

The principal wants your data from the entire year…next week. Your evaluator wants to complete your final observation…tomorrow. Parents suddenly want to know what their children can do to bring up their grades…today.

How will you survive the end of the school year?

Click here for helpful tips from NEA.

Memorial Day Lesson Ideas

file331270483625Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day to honor American Civil War dead. Following World War I, Memorial Day became a day to honor soldiers killed in all wars.

Honor the nation’s fallen military men and women with the following lessons and activities.
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