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Waterbury Students Visit CEA, Sandy Hook Memorial

When CEA installed the Sandy Hook memorial created by sculptor Marilyn Parkinson Thrall in front of CEA Headquarters in Hartford last year, it was with the idea that members and their students could come visit and see the memorial in person.

Fifth-grade students from Hopeville Elementary School in Waterbury were recently at the Capitol for a field trip, and stopped by CEA Headquarters to do just that.

If you’re interested in bringing students to visit CEA and see the sculpture, contact Shannon Waxenberg at shannonw@cea.org or 860-525-5641.

Athletics Grants Available to High School & Middle School Teachers

David Jurewicz, a technology teacher and the Head Football Coach at Crosby High School in Waterbury, poses with Principal Jade Gopie after receiving a California Casualty Athletics Grant last spring.

Have sports programs at your school been impacted by inadequate budgets?

Public high school and middle schools sports teams in need of financial help can score up to $3,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, provides grants to offset budget cuts that have affected middle and high school athletics.

Click here for details and entry forms. Applications must be received by January 15, 2019 for consideration for the 2018-2019 school year. Read more

2013 CEA McCormack Award Winner on Why You Should Apply for This $2,000 Award

You probably know many outstanding teachers who would qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here’s your chance to nominate one of them—or you can even nominate yourself!

Watch Wallingford teacher and 2013 McCormack Award winner Chris Stone explain the many opportunities this award has opened up to him, and find out why he encourages you to apply today!

The application does not take long, and the reward is definitely worth it—$2,000 from CEA, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C.

Click here for forms and additional information.

John McCormack Award flier.

The application deadline for this award is January 28, 2019.

Winter-Themed Classroom Resources

These lessons, activities, and other resources help students develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal changes and how animals have adapted to them.

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Teachers Honored for Commitment to Excellence, and to Children

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2019 TOY finalists and semifinalists gather with CEA leaders. Pictured left to right are Robert Rose (Glastonbury), Leanne Maguire (Torrington), Gregory Amter (Hamden), CEA President Jeff Leake, Jennifer Freese (Newington), Sheena Graham (Bridgeport), Ryley Zawodniak (Mansfield), CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, Jessica Harris (Wallingford), Camille Spaulding (Stamford), Kelly Shea (Manchester), Sean Maloney (Brooklyn), Ellen Meyer (Danbury), John Cote (Lebanon), Penny Zhitomi (Shelton), and Jessica Papp (Canton). Not pictured is Barbara Johnson (Colchester).

For 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year (TOY) Sheena Graham, making personal connections with the young people in her classroom is all in a day’s work—and one of the things that has endeared her to generations of students. Those meaningful, enduring connections are among the common threads that bind this year’s TOY finalists together. While they all came to teaching in different ways, with unique points of inspiration, each shares a strong penchant for building positive relationships with students, showing children that they matter not only as learners but as human beings. Read more

Watch How Wallingford Educators are Teaching About Giving Back During the Holidays

Wallingford social studies teacher Jean Mellor has sponsored children through the Connecticut Education Foundation’s Holiday Bear Project for several years now, and this year she’s gotten her whole school involved. So many students and teachers chose to participate that CEA’s Chip Karkos made a special stop to pick up all of the gifts.

Smart Tips and Exclusive Perks for NEA Members—Including a Chance to Win $1,000

The holidays are just around the corner—a time to rejuvenate and spend quality time with friends and family. NEA Member Benefits can help you save time and money this holiday season with helpful ideas to:

  • Stretch Your Holiday Budget
  • Plan a Hassle-free Holiday Vacation
  • Get Rewarded for Holiday Shopping
  • …And much more!

Visit neamb.com/holiday to make holiday planning easier!

And while you’re there, enter the $1,000 member-only giveaway! NEA Member Benefits has teamed up with Sallie Mae, provider of the NEA Smart Option Student Loan Program, to offer NEA members a chance to win $1,000 cash from now through December 31!

Windsor Choral Teacher Cheers on Former Student, Finalist on The Voice

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Choral teacher Tracee White (left) is delighted to welcome NBC’s The Voice finalist Kymberli Joye back to Windsor High School, where she was White’s student all four years. Joye serves as an inspiration for White’s current students, who watch each episode as a class and are rooting for their hometown celebrity.

A teacher’s good work often shines in her students, and for Windsor High School choral director Tracee White, the product of her hard work now shines on television.

White is the former teacher of rising star Kymberli Joye, a current finalist on NBC’s television reality competition The Voice. Joye’s vocal talents have landed her a spot in the top 10 on the program, which airs Mondays and Tuesdays.

White, who taught Joye for four years and learned that her protégé was auditioning for the show earlier this year, has been following her former student’s successes, even incorporating her progress into lessons for her choir classes.

“I make it educational,” White says, adding that she shows each performance to her classes. “They write reflections and critiques on the vocal performances. They look forward to that every week.”

An added bonus was when her star student was able to visit Windsor High School recently to share her experiences on The Voice—a huge morale-booster for current students.

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Showcase Your Local’s Newsletter or Website

Does your local association 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. The entry process is completely online and easier than ever.

Click to Enter.

The deadline for entering is February 22, and winners are recognized at the CEA Representative Assembly in May.

December Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

The holiday season is here! Remember to check out the savings available from NEA Member Benefits on everything from movie tickets and home décor to kitchen appliances.

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

No sooner does school start than anticipation of the fall and winter holidays begins. 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 December!* Read more