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Promoting Physical Fitness

Get active, stay fit, and have fun doing it with sports, games, and activities described in the following lesson plans and resources.

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Unity, Solidarity Key Messages at CEA RA

Nearly 420 teachers gathered at Mohegan Sun Convention Center tonight to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 170th Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.

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CEA President Sheila Cohen convened the 170th CEA Representative Assembly.

 

On day one of the two-day assembly, CEA Executive Director Donald Williams remembered the teacher and nine students who lost their lives in the latest school shooting, at Santa Fe High School in Texas, earlier that morning. Williams also noted the 22 separate school shootings that have occurred so far this year in the United States, and urged, “We cannot normalize this in our country.” Read more

Affordable Legal Advice on Personal Matters a Benefit of CEA Membership

CEA provides members with full legal protection in employment related matters. But in today’s complex world, simply having legal help for employment related matters isn’t enough. At one time or another, each of us needs legal counsel on personal matters that are important to us and our families. That’s why NEA created the NEA Attorney Referral Program. This unique program is designed to make sure that every NEA member in participating states has access to affordable legal advice. Read more

Students Uncover, Share Facts About Immigration

Long before #ProtectDreamers was trending, students in Amy Claffey’s Spanish classes at Old Saybrook High School were learning about the vast hurdles undocumented people face—and the misconceptions surrounding them in the communities where they live. In an effort to educate their school about immigrants from Mexico and Central America, Claffey’s students, with help from high school library/media specialist Christine Bairos, completed a project that brought greater awareness of immigration issues to their peers and the wider community.

With help from teachers Christine Bairos (left) and Amy Claffey (right), Old Saybrook students pursue questions about immigration.

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Memorial Day Lesson Ideas

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day to honor American Civil War dead. Following World War I, Memorial Day became a day to honor soldiers killed in all wars. Honor the nation’s fallen military men and women with the following lessons and activities.

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May Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

From great deals on your next car to discounts at the GE Appliances Store to a new, affordable group tour program for NEA Members, there are lots of opportunities to save this May through NEA Member Benefits.

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

Whether you’re celebrating a graduation, a new baby or an upcoming wedding, make the occasion special! 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 May!* Read more

Legislators Pass Bill to Improve Classroom Safety

Norwich teacher Heidi Kapszukiewicz, and Manchester school social worker Charity Korb were among CEA members who testified about aggressive student behavior at legislative hearings this spring.

In an important step toward ensuring the safety of Connecticut students and teachers, the State House and Senate have both passed SB 453. It protects students and teachers in the classroom, and ensures that students who need assistance get the help they need. It also helps decrease the number of those who later wind up in the criminal justice system by providing assistance now, in a pro-active manner. This is a better result for everyone.

The bill requires all public school districts to ensure daily classroom safety, which is defined as

“…a classroom environment in which students and school employees are not physically injured by other students, school employees or parents, or exposed to such physical injury to others.”

CEA members have been contacting lawmakers all session long, urging them to pass this important bill, and lawmakers clearly heard and responded to their concerns. Read more

Retired Teachers Applaud Legislative Funding, Ready to Stay Active and Engaged

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams thanked CEA-Retired members for reaching out to their legislators in such great numbers.

“Those of you who went to retired lobby day, who reached out to your legislators, I can’t thank you enough,” CEA Executive Director Donald Williams told members of CEA-Retired gathered for their annual spring meeting this morning. “You made a tremendous difference and had a big impact on the legislature this year.”

In the budget that passed the Connecticut General Assembly late last night, legislators designated $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund—contributing their full share for the first time in many years. While the state is supposed to contribute one-third of the fund’s actuarially required amount and retired teachers and active teachers each contribute one-third, the state has not been funding its share recently—putting the fund on the precipice of bankruptcy.

“Full state funding for the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund has been one of our top priorities in recent years,” Williams said. “Thank you for your great work.” Read more

Teaching Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to politics, military, medicine, aviation, entertainment, and sports in the United States. Celebrate their heritage and contributions with these lessons and activities.

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Students and Parents Show Teachers Their Thanks

CREC Montessori Magnet student Matteo Dolzadelli helps prepare the teacher appreciation breakfast.

Teachers deserve our appreciation each and every day, and today students and parents are making a special effort to extend their thanks to teachers on National Teacher Day.

At CREC Montessori Magnet School in Hartford, the thanks took the form of a breakfast and juice bar that parents organized as a small token of their appreciation.

Parent Jimena Dolzadelli has been organizing the annual event for nearly a decade, and each year more food offerings are added. In addition to muffins, cookies, quiche, and fruit, this year’s spread included freshly squeezed orange juice, watermelon lemonade, and a vegan detox smoothie. Read more