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Teaching About Hurricane Season

June 1 to November 30 is hurricane season. With the following lessons, activities, and multimedia resources, learn how hurricanes form, how hurricanes are tracked, and how hurricane size and intensity are affected by global warming.

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Back-to-School Guide from NEA

Students may still be enjoying their summer vacations, but for educators, the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. Check out this list of articles and resources compiled by NEA to help you—whether new or veteran—get ready for the year ahead.

Classroom Setup

Three Tips for a Welcoming Classroom
Is making connections with students on your daily to do list? The most powerful thing we do each day in the classroom is not on a checklist, and it can’t be measured or analyzed. Check out these tips on creating a safe learning environment.

Classroom Setups
Mastering the art of arrangement can make all the difference in your classroom. Read more

Free Life Insurance – Name Your Beneficiary

All CEA members are eligible to receive NEA Complimentary Life Insurance at no cost—but many members haven’t named a beneficiary.

Almost half of registered CEA members have not indicated who should receive their benefit if the worst happens. Most members choose their kids. But what if your grandmother is struggling on a fixed income? Or your nephew needs college money? By naming your beneficiaries, you can help whoever needs the support most.

If you’ve chosen beneficiaries before or have experienced a life-changing event, please reconfirm your choice. It only takes a few minutes, so click here and name your beneficiaries now.

National Arts in Education Week Is Sept. 8-14

On July 26, 2010, the U. S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college- and career-ready students. The resolution states:

Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

Arts Education Partnership has created a hub site for sharing information about National Arts in Education Week – links to partner sites who are planning activities and finding out about arts education policy and practice in states and communities. To learn more, visit Arts Education Partnership.

To help you celebrate the arts in your classroom this week and throughout the year, we offer the following resources: Read more

9 Ways to Stretch Your Back-to-School Budget

Shopping for all the things you need to get back to school—books, supplies, clothes and more—can put a serious dent in your budget. For the 2017-2018 school year, educators spent an average of $652 on out-of-pocket classroom supplies, according to a survey of K-12 teachers conducted by SheerID, in partnership with Agile Education Marketing.

It pays to look for deals, coupons, special offers and tools that help you trim the cost of shopping a little—or a lot.

Try these nine tips to get you back to school without blowing your budget! Read more

$5,000 Scholarship Drawing for NEA Members

NEA Member Benefits has teamed up with Sallie Mae, provider of the NEA Student Loan Program, to offer NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash! It’s a way of rewarding you for your dedication and helping you further your own educational pursuits.

Click here to enter now through August 31, 2019.

If you’re the lucky $5,000 winner, you could choose to fund professional development courses for yourself, cover some of your expenses toward National Board Certification, or even help family members with their college tuition!

Mortgage Assistance Program for Teachers

Are 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.

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority website offers information on this and other mortgage programs.

Yoga, Tai Chi & Teachers

Workshops at the CEA Summer Conference help members learn more about leadership roles in the union and how to improve their craft as education professionals. This year one session also addressed the constant stress many teachers are facing.

“The number one thing that we see when we meet with teachers these days is an incredibly high level of stress,” says CEA UniServ Rep Mike Casey, a co-presenter of the workshop.

CEA UniServ Rep Mike Casey leads members in trying out some yoga poses.

A poll of teachers out this week from PDK found that 50 percent have seriously considered leaving the profession, and one of the top reasons teachers site for wanting to leave is the stress, pressure, and burnout associated with the job. Read more

Teachers Refresh and Reflect at CEA Summer Conference

From negotiations to teacher evaluation to citizen lobbying and much more, more than 500 CEA members took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their union and their profession at the CEA Summer Conference this Monday and Tuesday.

A large group of Windsor Education Association members attended this year’s CEA Summer Conference.

“Everything was a 10—the professional development was top notch,” says Avon Education Association President Jonathan Moss.

“I am going to be a building rep for the first time this year and came to the Summer Conference for free training on what to do. It was awesome,” says East Windsor teacher Stephanie Schneider. Read more

Join Team CEF at the Hartford Marathon and, Now Through August 10, Save $5 on Race Entry!

Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up now through August 10 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!

Register by August 10 with CEF’s official charity promo code CHARITYCEF19.

CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession. Read more