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Celebrating the 100th Day of School

The 100th day of school is coming up soon in districts around Connecticut. Whenever it happens in your school, here are 10 activities, resources, and suggestions to help your elementary students get excited about mathematics!

Ten Math Activities

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NEA Student Loan Program Offers New Parent and Graduate Student Loan Options

NEA Member Benefits is pleased to make available an expanded array of NEA Student Loan Program options that provides NEA members and their families more choices to better meet their education financing needs.

In addition to the NEA® Smart Option (Undergraduate) Student Loan® by Sallie Mae®, a new NEA Parent Loan is now being offered with features as follows: Read more

New Websites Showcase Benefits Especially for CEA Members

Where do you turn for savings on theater tickets, insurance, appliances, cars, and more? If you’re not regularly visiting the NEA Member Benefits and CEA Member Benefits websites, you’re missing out.

NEA Member Benefits recently launched a new, member-centric website that’s simple to use and structured so that you can easily find discounts on the products and services you use.

The Member Benefits section of the CEA website is celebrating one year since its redesign, and we’ve just recently added a new feature, which showcases limited-time offers.

Make full use of your CEA and NEA memberships—don’t let these savings pass you by.

 

Apply Now for an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

Applications are being accepted through February 4 for the 2020 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship—a year of professional development that includes a summer field study in Peru.

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The fellowship is an opportunity for K-12 educators to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Read more

All Members Invited to Upcoming CEA Meetings

CEA members at a 2018 county meeting.

CEA’s next round of county forum meetings runs January 28 – February 12. Meet with your colleagues and local union leaders to hear about issues impacting education and your profession, and learn how you can advocate for yourself, your students, and public education.

Attend a CEA county forum near you, and encourage your colleagues to join you.

Click here for dates, locations, and more information.

Lamont: ‘We Have the Greatest Teachers in the World’

During his State of the State Address kicking off the 2019 legislative session today Governor Ned Lamont received a standing ovation when he praised teachers.

“We have the greatest teachers in the world,” Lamont said. “We ought to tell them that. Thank you for what you do, teachers.”

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2019 Legislative Session Starts Tomorrow, Brings New Opportunity

Tomorrow marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It’s likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.

CEA will be working closely with newly elected and appointed officials on legislation critical to you and your profession.

Subscribe to BlogCEA for updates and CEA Action Alerts on key CEA priorities this session. Read more

New Year, New Legislative Session: Subscribe for the Latest News

Governor Lamont and Connecticut legislators will be sworn into office this Wednesday, kicking off the 2019 legislative session. It is sure to be an eventful five months, with plenty of news affecting Connecticut teachers.

Make sure you’re up to date with all of the latest Connecticut education news by subscribing to BlogCEA.

This month, when you subscribe to BlogCEA, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a #RedforEd t-shirt. One winner will be selected each week from all who subscribe.

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January Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Remember to check out the savings available through NEA Member Benefits before signing up for a gym, planning a trip, or buying a new car this year!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for January 2019
Embrace your vision of a healthier self 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!*

*Note: Up-to-date information on merchant discounts, shipping terms and WOW Points appears on the NEA Click & Save Web page and may change at any time. Don’t forget to use your WOWPoints—they’re just like cash (100 WOW Points = $1; plus, no blackout dates and no expiration)!

  • LA Fitness: Get yourself moving at one of 600 clubs across the U.S. and Canada (some clubs stay open 24 hours). Save $60 on initiation fees, and earn 2,000 WOWPoints!
  • GNC: Check out one of the world’s largest nutritional supplements and health aids companies. Get up to 50% off selected products and 4X WOWPoints.
  • Weight Watchers: WW has helped millions change their relationship with food. Sign up to save and earn 300 WOWPoints. Online-only program available.
  • Hello Fresh: Combine healthy eating and convenience with this modern approach to food shopping and meal planning. Save $30 off your first order, plus get 1,000 WOWPoints!
  • Home Gym Essentials: From TRX: Best-in-class products for a full-body workout in your home gym or on the road. Earn 4X WOWPoints on your purchase.
  • Reebok: Find workout apparel, training shoes and more from this global sporting goods brand. Get up to 50% off, 4X WOWPoints and free shipping on orders of $49 & up.

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Union a Priority for Stamford Building Rep

Teachers are often stretched thin between planning, teaching, grading, and assisting with extracurriculars. That’s certainly the case for Stamford teacher Kate Tobin, who teaches a full load of English classes, has co-organized lip-dub music videos to enhance school spirit at Westhill High, and coordinates the Westhill Alumni Network. Despite her many commitments, Tobin makes it a priority to help her colleagues by serving as a building rep, Stamford Education Association secretary, SEA newsletter editor, and as a member of the Negotiations and Grievance Committees.

“Having a teachers union is really important,” she says. “If we didn’t have our union, teachers would be a lot more abused and new expectations and responsibilities would be foisted on us without our input or any additional compensation.”

Tobin adds, “I don’t find the time, I make the time.” Read more