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How Connecticut Classrooms Are Celebrating Valentine’s Day

How are Connecticut students and teachers celebrating Valentine’s Day? Some schools are off for break today, but many students are learning about kindness, sharing, and how to make someone else’s day a little more special.

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Women’s History Month in the Classroom

“The First Picket Line – College Day in the Picket Line. Photograph. Feb. 1917. From Library of Congress: National Woman’s Party records, Manuscript Division.

The theme for Women’s History Month in 2020 is “Valiant Women of the Vote.”

Honor the women who fought to win the right to vote a century ago, and for those who still fight to win that right for others.

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Register for the CEA Early Career Educators Conference

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 (and experienced) teachers to gather insights and advice at our annual conference for early career educators. The conference will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Mystic Marriott in Groton.


The conference is free and open to members only, and participants may choose from more than a dozen timely workshops to help hone their skills—from managing behavior, developing data-based interventions, and supporting struggling readers to streamlining grading time, acing your evaluation, and planning for retirement.

The half-day conference includes continental breakfast and lunch.

View the conference agenda.


Pups Help Teach Kindness at Newington School

Paterson School in Newington partnered with iHeart Radio and Paws for Friendship recently for a fun-filled day that featured dogs and reading and helped teach students the meaning of “integrity.”

iHeart Radio’s Renee DiNino read Paterson students the book Daisy Mae Finds Her Way, which was also projected onto a large screen in the auditorium.

“When we’re kinder to animals, we’re kinder to people,” iHeart Radio host Renee DiNino told students during the morning P.R.I.D.E. Assembly. She read students the book Daisy Mae Finds Her Way, which was inspired by DiNino’s own dog.

After hearing the story, students watched a demonstration by Officer Deborah Monde, Newington’s animal control officer, and her now-retired search and rescue dog Falcon. Therapy dogs then visited classrooms throughout the day, giving students a chance to visit with the animals and read to them.  Read more

Learn About Social Emotional Learning at Book Talks with Dr. Marc Brackett

Dr. Marc Brackett is the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the author of Permission to Feel.

CEA is partnering with Dr. Marc Brackett, author, professor, and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, to offer CEA members two free book talks on his latest book, Permission to Feel.

Dr. Brackett will discuss the critical role social emotional learning plays in improving children’s academic outcomes, enhancing their health and well-being, and promoting long-term benefits such as success in college and career.

Register now.

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Thank a School Counselor This Week!

Members of the CT School Counselor Association met at CEA Headquarters before advocating with their senators and representatives last legislative session.

This first week in February is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association and the Connecticut School Counselor Association, and it provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the unique contribution of school counselors within Connecticut public schools.

What does school counselors’ work entail? Eileen Melody, chairman of the Connecticut School Counselor Association, says that counselors work with students in three different realms: academics, workforce readiness, and social and emotional needs.

What that looks like on a day-to-day basis for a counselor varies greatly. Melody, a middle school counselor in Mansfield, says, “I’ll be in my office and the phone will ring with a call from a teacher who asks me, ‘I have a student who is having trouble regulating—can they come spend time with you?’ Or I’ll get a call from a parent: ‘My son just lost his father, can you meet with him? Can you talk to his teachers about the difficult time he’s having right now?'” Read more

Governor Pledges Support for Students, Families, and Teachers in New Budget, Legislative Session

During his State of the State address today Governor Ned Lamont made a series of pledges aimed at increasing support for Connecticut’s students, families, and teachers and continuing to build on the strides the state has made over the last year.

“Our budget provided predictability to those counting on it most,” he said, adding, “I have heard from school principals, city and town leaders, small businesses and families, all saying, ‘Finally, we can now plan for our future.’” The budget, he noted, made Connecticut’s largest-ever investment in K-12 education, reducing some of the burden on cities and towns and providing teachers with more of the resources they need. Read more

February Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Flowers, perfume, jewelry, and more are featured discounts from NEA Member Benefits this February. Read below for more details!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for February 2020

Share and show the love this month with gifts to please your sweetie! 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 February!*

*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. Don’t forget to use your WOWPoints—they’re just like cash (100 WOW Points = $1; plus, no blackout dates and no expiration). Read more

Save Big With CEA Member Discounts Over February Break

Whether you’re staying at home or traveling over the Presidents’ Day long weekend, you can save with CEA member benefits.

From discounts at Vermont and Massachusetts ski slopes to savings at area museums to deals on car rentals and airport parking, your CEA membership card goes a long way.

Below are links to just some of the deals available to you as a CEA member.

Make This the Year You Plan Your Dream Trip

Whether your dream trip is your upcoming honeymoon, your much-awaited retirement adventure or you just want to cross a destination off your bucket list, NEA Member Benefits wants to help you achieve that dream trip this year. Do you want to explore the streets of Tokyo, swim with dolphins in Honolulu, climb Mount Kilimanjaro or hit the streets of Barcelona, Spain? Here’s what you need to do to start planning your fantasy trip—TODAY!

What’s your dream trip?

Some people already have a very clear picture of that “once in a lifetime” dream trip. Maybe you’ve always wanted to hike through Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest, or explore the museums in Rome, Florence and Venice.

For others, maybe those who haven’t traveled that much in the past, it could be more difficult to determine exactly where you want to go and what you want to see and do. Sit down with a piece of paper and spend five minutes writing down locations off the top of your head that you’ve always wanted to visit or that intrigue you. Read more