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Computer Science Education in the Spotlight at State Capitol

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Avon High School students Jaya and Dheepa Hari demonstrate their latest app, MyMedWallet, alongside their mentor and computer science teacher Jeanine LaBrosse.

Connecticut high school students showed off their computing chops at a legislative reception honoring the winners of the Congressional App Challenge. The event—in which winners from each of the state’s five congressional districts exhibited their work at the State Capitol and demonstrated for legislative leaders what’s happening with computer science education in their schools—was hosted by the Connecticut Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, whose goal is to increase computer science education in public schools and help level the playing field for students.

Fear of the subject, a lack of interest, and busy schedules are typically the top reasons students shy away from computer science, says Connecticut CSTA member Patrice Gans, who helped organize the event. She adds that computer science educators are helping break down some of those barriers. Read more

May Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Summer is almost here—don’t forget to check out the savings available to CEA and NEA members before you head on vacation or make your next big purchase!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for May 2019

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

BBQ Picnic for CEA Members at Hartford Yard Goats Baseball

 

After 47 sold-out games last summer, the Yard Goats’ third season has gotten off to a winning start, with new music, menu items, and in-game promotions. Bring your family and friends and join teachers from across Connecticut for an all-you-can-eat BBQ at the July 26 game. CEA members are also invited to gather on the field in a united display of the American flag during the national anthem.

Don’t miss out on that or any of our CEA Teacher Appreciation Days at the Yard Goats—July 26, August 9, and August 23. Treat yourself and the baseball fans in your life to discounted seats, special teacher recognition during the game, and fireworks afterward.

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Norwich Teachers Rally Before Budget Hearing

DSC_2803After a city official disparaged public schools as “subsidized taxpayer-funded day care,” Norwich teachers, parents, and other school supporters turned out at a rally to set the record straight and demand a fair budget for their students’ education. The rally was held Monday night, prior to a budget hearing at Norwich City Hall.

Councilwoman Joanne Philbrick’s recent characterization of public schools as “day care,” along with other controversial comments she made about support services children receive at school, were met with widespread criticism, as was the city council’s 4-3 vote to strike down a school budget increase. Read more

Two Connecticut Teachers Receive Prestigious Awards for Teaching Excellence

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked is the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence.

Two educators from New London and Danbury were recognized before nearly 400 of their Connecticut colleagues for receiving two prestigious awards honoring educator excellence. CEA President Jeff Leake made the announcement at the CEA Representative Assembly last weekend.

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked was named the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence, which puts her in the running for a national award recognizing the year’s most outstanding educators.

Danbury teacher Luanelly Iglesias was recognized as the winner of NEA’s 2019 Human and Civil Rights George I. Sanchez Memorial Award honoring teachers who significantly advance equal opportunities for Hispanics. Read more

Teachers Honored, Officers Elected at CEA RA

Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.

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CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas congratulate Stephanie Wanzer on her reelection to the position of CEA secretary and David Jedidian (at right) on his election to the position of CEA treasurer.

CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more

CEA Seeks Input from Teachers of Color to Increase Diversity in the Profession

DSC_2558Nearly 40 educators met and mingled at the first-ever Hartford Regional Ethnic Minority Teacher Social hosted by CEA on Monday. The event was an opportunity for teachers of color to network, discuss ways of diversifying a predominantly white teaching force in Connecticut, and explore avenues for becoming more involved at all levels of the union—from their local and state associations to NEA.

“This was a great event,” said CREC teacher Anjanee Wright. “I got to meet other educators I wouldn’t necessarily have a chance to meet because we work in different districts. It was a good opportunity to talk to each other.” Read more

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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Legislators Need to Hear from You: No Cost Shift

Legislators are still considering a proposal to shift the cost of teacher retirement onto cities and towns—and they need to hear from you. If this plan passes there will be less money for our schools, higher property taxes (especially in middle-income towns and Alliance districts), and districts with more experienced teachers will be penalized.

Contact your legislators now and tell them: NO Cost Shift

 

 

Still Time to Register for Teacher Leader Institute!

How can teacher leaders enable creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond? Come to the third annual Teacher Leader Institute May 20 at Central Connecticut State University to find out.

The day will feature three outstanding keynote speakers, Andy Hargreaves (professional collaboration), Peter Gamwell (back by demand on creativity), and Marc Brackett (social/emotional learning). Participants will also be able to choose from among 22 breakout sessions by and for teachers and administrators—who will offer multiple perspectives on the role of teachers as leaders and the conditions that support them. Read more