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10 Everyday Discounts You’re Missing Out On

There’s a good reason NEA Click & Save is so popular: The online shopping program saves NEA members tons of money. Many members especially enjoy using the dining deals offered by You can find fantastic discounts at great local restaurants, whether you’re planning a meal out with your family or treating fellow teachers to a special lunch.

But did you know that you can buy a wide variety of products through the hundreds of retailers that participate in NEA Click & Save? You can find discounts as well as earn reward points, which you can apply toward future purchases.

Resolve to shop smarter by putting NEA Click & Save at the top of your shopping list. You’ll be surprised by what you can buy and how much you’ll save. Read more

It’s National Voter Registration Day—Are You Registered?

American FlagMillions of Americans miss out on the opportunity to vote every year because they don’t meet deadlines or don’t know how to register. National Voter Registration Day attempts to right this wrong and make sure every person who is eligible to vote and wants to do so is registered.

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan effort focused on our right as citizens to vote and have our voices heard. If you aren’t registered, or you know someone who isn’t, please check out the information below.

How to register to vote in Connecticut Read more

Donate to Support Children and Teachers in Need

CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer has run the Hartford Marathon on behalf of Team CEA

CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer will be running the Hartford Marathon on behalf of Team CEF for the third time this year.

Teachers are lacing up their running shoes for the Hartford Marathon October 8 to support a good cause—and they need your help. Teachers are running on Team CEF to raise money for children and teachers in need and would greatly appreciate donations to the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF).

CEF is CEA’s charitable arm, and helps children and teachers with extraordinary personal hardships as well as students planning teaching careers. (Read more about the foundation here.) This is CEF’s third year as an Official Charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon.

For more information, contact CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake at

Every donation is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward helping students and teachers. CEF prefers donations via check to avoid online fees. You can send a check made out to CEF with a note for which runner you are sponsoring. Mail it to Jeff Leake, CEA, 21 Oak Street, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06106. Or you can donate online to support a runner by clicking here.


The High Cost of Digital Distraction

girl textingAdults, teenagers—and even many elementary school students—are spending more and more time with smart phones and tablets. These devices that we carry around in our pockets, purses, or backpacks certainly add convenience to our lives, but do they come with a cost?

“Yes, they do,” said Dr. David Greenfield, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. “When we over use our devices, we lose track of time and space.”

He said that research shows 80 percent of an average person’s time in front of a smart phone, tablet, or computer is not productive time. Read more

Autumn-Themed Resources for Your Classroom

Maple leaves in fall, autumnIt may still feel like summer for now, but today is the first official day of fall and cooler temperatures will be on their way soon. Help your students explore autumn with these lessons, activities, poetry, and songs compiled by Phil Nast for NEA.

SBAC Validity Linked to Use and Purpose; SDE Unveils New Growth Model

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The state’s Mastery Examination Committee met today to discusses purposes of student assessment and the state’s new growth model.

At a meeting of the state’s Mastery Examination Committee today, committee members discussed the purpose and use of standardized tests.

“One of the real things that occurred in the last era was a misuse of the state exam,” Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell said. “It created an over-focus on the exam itself and a narrowing of the curriculum in some cases to the things that were assessed.”

Don Williams, CEA director of Policy, Research, and Reform, pointed out that education researcher James Popham has strongly cautioned against misusing standardized tests designed for one purpose to fulfill a completely separate purpose.

Popham writes that the validity of a test, such as SBAC, which is designed to evaluate school and district performance, is rendered invalid if it is used for purposes not fully supported by evidence. Read more

National Teacher of the Year Thanks Retired Educators

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown.

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown.

The nearly 200 retired teachers gathered this morning for the CEA-Retired Fall Issues Conference were reminded of why they went into teaching and everything they love about it still.

“We will always care about public education,” said CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown. “Our organization provides many opportunities for retired members to continue to be active in public education.”
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East Hartford Teachers Strengthen Professional Skills to Benefit Students

IB World Rebecca Tubbs, Laura Griffin, Lia Hickey, and Darcy Noble Malone.

East Hartford kindergarten teachers Rebecca Tubbs, Laura Griffin, Lia Hickey, and Darcy Malone at the I Teach K! conference this summer.

When it comes to professional development, research shows that sustained, job-embedded, collaborative professional learning opportunities are most likely to help teachers better support students. The opposite of a morning lecture on a generic subject, this type of learning opportunity requires a substantial time commitment and a focus on the specific skills teachers need for their content area.

It’s just the type of professional development East Hartford kindergarten teachers Laura Griffin, Darcy Malone, Lia Hickey, and Rebecca Tubbs were able to participate in this summer thanks to a grant from the Fund for Teachers.

“I feel like kindergarten is kind of a stand-alone grade,” said Hickey. “It’s very different from pre-K and very different from first grade.” Read more

Constitution Day: Learning About the Blueprint for our Democracy

U.S. ConstitutionThe Constitution has been receiving plenty of attention this election season. Back in July, after Khizr Khan, the father of fallen Muslim U.S. soldier Capt. Humayun Khan, held up a pocket-sized Constitution at the Democratic National Convention, sales of the little book rocketed to number two on the Amazon bestseller list.

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The following lessons, activities, and other resources will help your students understand the people and the ideas that shaped the Constitution of the United States.

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September Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

mumsNEA Member Benefits highlights select discounts and offers especially for NEA members every month. Check out the September offers highlighted below.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for September

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 September!*

*Note: Up-to-date information on merchant discounts, shipping terms and WOW Points appears on the NEA Click & Save Web page at and may change at any time.

  • NEA Apparel Store: Build up your back-to-school wardrobe with access to dozens of top retailers—like Kohl’s, Under Armour, Macy’s and Nike—all in one place!
  • Special savings on athletic shoes; free shipping on orders of $49 or more, plus a 60-day return period and prepaid return shipping
  • Paragon Sports: Get everything you need for fall hiking and camping, plus free shipping on orders of $49 or more
  • NEA MB Electronics Store: Get member pricing and earn WOW Points on name brands like Panasonic, Samsung, Dell, HP and Canon
  • NEA MB Entertainment Store: Exclusive member pricing on world-class performances and entertainment including Broadway shows, movies, sporting events, and amusement parks

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