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Teacher Safety: Information and Resources from CEA

Every educator has the right to a safe working environment. As your union, CEA wants to ensure that if you are threatened or assaulted at school, appropriate steps are taken to protect you.

That’s why we’ve made resources available to you on the CEA website—everything from reporting forms to model contract language to information about scheduling a CEA workshop. These resources aim to educate you about your rights and provide your local Association with the necessary tools to address your safety concerns.

If you have specific concerns about your safety, don’t wait. Contact your local president or CEA UniServ Representative.

January Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

A new year means new discounts from NEA Member Benefits. Check out the highlighted offers for January.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for January 2018

Reorganize for the New Year! 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 January!* Read more

Winter Round of CEA County Meetings to Focus on Janus Case

Attend an upcoming CEA County Forum January 22 – February 1 and learn about the Janus case and how we must stand together to fight against those who want to take away our hard-won salaries, benefits, and teacher voice.

Ask your local president for details.

Click here for locations and dates.

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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Apply Now for $2,000 CEA Award Recognizing Teaching Excellence

You probably know many outstanding teachers who might qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here’s your chance to nominate one of them—or you can even nominate yourself!

The application does not take long, and the reward is definitely worth it—$2,000 from CEA, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C.

We are looking for candidates who are creative, student-focused, culturally responsive, dedicated to life-long learning, and strong advocates for public education.
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CEA Members Continue to Press for TEAM Funding

Ridgefield teacher Liz Misiewicz called on members of the State Board of Education to support restoration of TEAM funding.

Connecticut’s Teacher Education And Mentoring (TEAM) program is one of the nation’s most highly regarded induction and support programs for new teachers. After state funding for the program was unexpectedly eliminated from the new state budget, CEA has continued to strongly advocate for a restoration of TEAM funding.

At the State Board of Education meeting in January, CEA leaders and staff joined Ridgefield teacher Liz Misiewicz and Bridgeport new teacher coordinator and TEAM facilitator Michael Brosnan in calling on members to support the restoration of TEAM funding. Read more

2nd Generation Union Rep Says Being Proactive Key to Helping Members

Building-Rep-Superhero-TMacCall.jpgBeing a local Association building rep is a complex job, but Ledyard building rep Tiffany MacCall describes the essence of her role simply. “I try to make days better for teachers because everything’s getting harder and harder. I want to make sure teaching is a profession that still has joy.”

The Juliet W. Long third grade teacher says, “Members really come to depend on you. It’s often the little things—questions about when the first paycheck of the year will be, or about the contract.” Read more

Connecticut Congressman, CEA Members Speak Out for Educators and Pre-Service Teachers

Terryville High School psychologist Lindsay Aronheim joined U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney to speak out in favor of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

CEA member Lindsay Aronheim joined U.S.Congressman Joe Courtney to speak out against a plan being considered in Congress that would hurt Connecticut teachers and college students pursuing careers in education. At a December news conference, Aronheim, a school psychologist at Terryville High School, explained why eliminating the federal student aid program that helps cover college tuition costs for millions of Americans, including Connecticut students entering the teaching profession, would be detrimental.

Without the valuable program, which helped defray the cost of graduate school, Aronheim says she might not have been able to continue in the education career she loves.

“I went to graduate school for three years, which is necessary for my profession, and I took out loans in order to do that,” she explains. “When I finished grad school, I realized that paying back my loans was going to be a struggle on my salary. I was trying to figure out what to do and wondering if I needed to go into another profession. Public Service Loan Forgiveness allowed me to continue in this profession.” Read more

Here’s How Students and Teachers Are Celebrating the Holiday Season

Winter break is here! We hope it’s a great one for all of you.

Here are some of the ways teachers and students around Connecticut are celebrating the season today.

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Winter-Themed Classroom Resources

Happy winter solstice! These lessons, activities, and other resources will help develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal change and how animals have adapted to them.

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