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Women’s History Month for the Classroom

The March 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions in the following lessons and activities.


These Members Won a CEA Swag Bag – and So Can You

This month, all members who subscribe to BlogCEA are being entered for a daily chance to win a CEA swag bag. The BlogCEA bag contains a flash drive, cell phone pocket, clip, and more.

For your chance to win, just click here and subscribe today.

Winners for the first part of February are Read more

Five February Deals for CEA Members

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we have some sweet deals for you!

We’re introducing our newest CEA Member Benefits partner, Nelson Hall in Cheshire, where CEA members pay only $28 for any seat, any event! Read more

CEA Spearheads Bold Reforms Along With Other CT Labor Unions

Don Williams, Commission Fiscal Sustainability

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams (from right) presented with fellow labor leaders Lori Pelletier, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, Sal Luciano, executive director of Council 4 AFSCME, and Attorney Daniel Livingston, chief negotiator for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) to the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

Connecticut must take the high road and not attack the middle class was the message labor leaders gave today in testimony before the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

“We need bold tax reforms that help grow the state’s economy and ensure that Connecticut remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” said CEA Executive Director Donald Williams. “A cornerstone for Connecticut’s future stability and growth is a stable and predictable revenue stream. Connecticut has one of the best school systems in the country, but there are still pockets of significant need and inequality, and we need the resources to support all of our schools and students. Our state needs stable and reliable revenue to support critical state services, and a quality education for our children.” Read more

Seeking Nominations for New CEA Award

Do you know someone who has dedicated his or her life to supporting students, made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the teaching profession, and promoted excellence in public education?

We’re seeking nominations for a new CEA award named in honor of the late Clifford Silvers, a tireless advocate for teachers rights and excellence in public education. Silvers, who passed away in 2017, was a longtime CEA UniServ Rep, manager, and labor arbitrator.

CEA’s Clifford Silvers Education Advocacy Award will be presented to a group or individual member of the education community at the CEA Representative Assembly in May.

The deadline for entering is February 23.

Click here for more information and to complete a nomination application. 

Register for the CEA New Teacher Conference, March 24

Those first years in a classroom are some of the most exciting and memorable in a teacher’s career—as well as the most challenging.

CEA’s annual conference for new teachers is an opportunity for early-career educators to trade insights and advice with one another as well as learn from veteran teachers about everything from managing behavior, administrators, and debt to supporting introverts, struggling readers, and students from diverse backgrounds.

Appropriate for all early-career teachers (through six years’ experience), this year’s conference takes place Saturday, March 24, at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury.

Click here for more information and to register.

Tomorrow: Legislative Session 2018

Tomorrow begins the 2018 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It’s likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next three months.

Students, parents, teachers, and communities across the state are currently dealing with the destructive consequences of last year’s education cuts—fewer resources for children, layoffs of teachers and other educators, increases in class sizes, program and enrichment cuts, and disruption in our classrooms and communities in the middle of the school year.

Some of CEA’s priorities this session include restoring local public school funding, repealing the 1 percent teacher tax, protecting teacher pensions, safeguarding students and teachers from aggressive behavior, and advocating for teacher rights. Read more

Enfield Teacher Wins Grand Prize Vacation Package from CEA Member Benefits Sweepstakes

Kim Sweeney

Enfield High School teacher Kim Sweeney (center) poses with CEA Executive Director Don Williams, CEA President Sheila Cohen, Enfield Teachers’ Association President Tod Couture, and CEA Organizer Sara Pomponi after winning the CEA Member Benefits grand prize.

When the school bell dismissed her students for Super Bowl weekend, Enfield High School building rep and business education teacher Kim Sweeney prepared to head down the hall to meet with fellow teachers. They were going to honor one of her colleagues—or so she assumed.

Little did she know, Enfield educators—along with CEA leaders and staff—had gathered to deliver one of the biggest surprises the building rep could imagine. Read more

Showcase Your Local’s Newsletter or Website

Does your local have a newsletter or website? We want to know about it!

The annual CEA Newsletter and Website Competition recognizes teachers and locals who promote communication with Association members. This year, the entry process is completely online and easier than ever.

Click to Enter.

The deadline for entering is February 23, and winners are recognized at the CEA Representative Assembly in May.

Free Screening of Documentary About the Cost of Privatizing Public Schools

Renowned author and advocate for children Jonathan Kozol has called it “a beautiful film” that “everyone who values democratic education needs to see”and now you can watch Backpack Full of Cash at a free screening this February in New London.

Narrated by Matt Damon and directed by a teacher, the movie explores the real cost of privatizing public schools, driving home the point that public education should be a basic civil right.

The screening will take place Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at Connecticut College, Olin Science Center, Room 014. Read more