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Know, Lead, Act — Attend a CEA County Forum Near You

Enfield teachers Ann-Lynn Moffett, Michele Wilcox, and Delores Weir attended a CEA Hartford County Forum last January.

CEA’s first round of county forum meetings runs October 9-24. 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.

New Teachers in Your Building? Invite them to CEA’s New Teacher Conference, Oct. 20

The 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 invites new teachers to gather insights and advice at our annual conference for early-career educators. Participants may choose from 10 timely workshops to help hone their skills—from creating a culturally responsive classroom to managing behavior and acing their evaluation.

The half-day conference is $20 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information and to register, click here.

Help Educators Affected by Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence bears down on the North Carolina Coast. Source: Associated Press.

Our thoughts are with the communities affected by Hurricane Florence, which has ravaged communities in the Carolinas and Virginia with high winds, catastrophic flooding, and widespread power outages. Members of the National Education Association are coming together to help educators and their families affected by Hurricane Florence. NEA, NEA Member Benefits, and NEA State Affiliates affected by Florence have combined fundraising efforts to assist members affected by the hurricane.

Please visit the NEA Hurricane Resources & Relief page where you can contribute to the disaster-relief fund for NEA members. You can also check the NEA Member Benefits website for more information on how to contribute to recovery efforts. On the Hurricane Resources & Relief page you will also find information about how to talk with students about hurricanes and assist them with any trauma they may be experiencing.

CEA Teacher Appreciation Day at UConn Football

Don’t miss the first-ever CEA Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 27, as the UConn Huskies face the UMass Minutemen at Rentschler Field!

Get your choice of discounted seats at www.uconnhuskies.com. Click Tickets, then Promo Codes. Enter CEA, and your discount will automatically apply. You may also call 860-486-8189 or email robert.luden@uconn.edu. Mention that you are a CEA member and receive $15 second-level end zone seats or $30 seats in the lower sidelines.

CEA members may bring up to three guests with them to a Teacher Tailgate Tent before the homecoming game. Enjoy pregame festivities as well as complimentary food and soft drinks courtesy of CEA and California Casualty.

The tailgate is free, but you must register in advance to reserve your spots. Go to cea.org/mb.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

San Miguel de Gualdape was the first European settlement in North America. It was founded in Georgia in 1526, 81 years before Jamestown. St. Augustine, Florida was founded in 1565 and is the oldest city in the United States. Hispanic Americans have been making contributions to life in the U.S. ever since.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month, which runs September 15 through October 15, with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.

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CEA Advocates for Improved Classroom Safety Bill

CEA Program Development Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho and CEA Executive Director Donald Williams serve on the Classroom Safety Working Group

At its second meeting today, the classroom safety working group continued an ongoing discussion seeking to come to agreement on language for a bill that could be raised by the General Assembly in 2019.

The group, which was created after Governor Malloy vetoed a classroom safety bill that had resoundingly passed the state House and Senate last spring, has been offering feedback on a new draft bill authored by CEA.

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams reminded group members of the critical nature of their task.

“The Connecticut General Assembly last legislative session heard extensive testimony from teachers about the increase in problematic student behaviors that are causing harm to other students and teachers,” Williams said. Read more

Come Run (or Just Have Fun) with Us at the Hartford Marathon!

2017 team CEF runners included (L-R) Mark, Melissa, and Dallas Janick; Liz Reed-Swale, Katy Gale, Neil Shilansky, Stephanie Wanzer, Jeff Leake, and Marty Deren.

Connecticut teachers will be among the thousands of runners, donors, and volunteers at this year’s Eversource Hartford Marathon on Saturday, October 13.

Join the fun and support Team CEF by running the race, helping with concessions, or contributing to the cause. The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) helps teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships and provides scholarships for students planning teaching careers. This is CEF’s fifth year as an official charity of the marathon.

To run the race (marathon, half-marathon, or 5K), donate, or lend a hand, contact marypats@cea.org.

This is the CEF’s fifth year as an Official Charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon. The Foundation is CEA’s charitable arm and helps teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships as well as students planning teaching careers.

CEA’s New Teacher Guide Helps You Survive and Thrive in Your First Year—and Beyond

What should you bring to an IEP? How and when should you renew your teaching certificate? You suspect a child is neglected at home; how do you proceed?

Every new teacher wishes there was a handbook for all of these questions.

Now there is.

Check out CEA’s New Teacher Guide, available only to CEA members.

To log in and access the guide, you will need your member ID number. You can look it up here. Read more

CEA Retirement Workshop Coming to a School Near You

When will you be eligible for retirement? How should you decide which retirement plan to choose?  How can you purchase additional service? How will your Social Security benefits be affected? Comprehensive retirement workshops offered free of charge to all CEA members will answer all of these questions and more.

The workshops, presented by CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho, cover a wide range of issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System and will allow time for questions following the presentation. The workshops are held at various locations around the state throughout the fall and in the early spring.

Register now!

Any CEA member who wishes to begin planning for retirement is encouraged to attend. It is never too early to educate yourself!

Registration starts at 4:00 p.m. and each workshop will run from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Retired Teachers Urged to Speak Up and Vote

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown told retired teachers, “This is an extremely important election.”

“Today is a very special day—not only because we’re here together in an air conditioned space instead of in a hot and humid classroom,” CEA President Jeff Leake told members of CEA-Retired, who had gathered for their annual fall conference on an especially hot and stifling September 6. “Today is a particularly special day for us to commemorate because, 40 years ago on the first day of school, only 36 of Bridgeport’s 1,247 teachers showed up for work.”

Leake continued, “Let us remember today what those striking Bridgeport teachers did for this union and teachers across the state. They stood strong, supported by our members from across the state. They were stronger together, and they did not give up.” Read more