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A Day of Fellowship Raises Funds for Children in Need

Hundreds of Connecticut teachers, supporters, and CEA staff have been at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club today taking part in the 25th annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament—the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) fundraiser to benefit public school students in need.

CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas and CEA President Jeff Leake both played in today’s tournament.

“The CEF golf tournament is the major fundraiser of the year that fuels CEA’s charitable arm,” says CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas. “CEF provides public school children across the state with clothing, glasses, help with dental needs, and so much more. The fund also provides multiple scholarships for students planning careers in teaching and supports the Edward J. Boland Financial Assistance Fund, which helps teachers facing extraordinary hardships. Without the golf tournament this philanthropic work would not be possible.” Read more

How to Conduct a Summer Financial “Tune-up”

how_to_conduct_a_summer_financial_tuneup_1131998484_842x474Summer’s here and the time is right for … financial planning?

That’s right. For educators who are busy during the school year, there may not be another opportunity to do so. And before you know it you’ll be back in the classroom. So consider following these steps from NEA Member Benefits to ensure you’re on the right track with budgeting, spending, and investing. Once you nail that down, you’ll be on better financial ground and have less money stress this upcoming school year. Read more

Watching the Summer Night Sky

Brush up your stargazing skills and enjoy humankind’s first TV, the night sky. Whether you’re working with young people or spending time with your own children or grandchildren this summer, these lessons, activities, and resources will help you locate and identify celestial objects with equipment as basic as your own eyes.

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School Finance Expert Says There Are No Substitutions for Equitably Funding Schools

School finance expert and Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker spoke on School Finance Myths and Realities today at Trinity College.

There are those, including current U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who argue that spending more on public education doesn’t lead to better outcomes. School finance expert and Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker begs to differ, and he has research to back his position up.

“We have more data available now—20 year data sets—and can tease out change over time,” he told students and community members gathered at Trinity College’s Center for Hartford Engagement and Research today. “That’s why there are a number of studies that have come out now that show longitudinally that increased funding leads to better outcomes.”

Studies show that increased school funding particularly makes a difference for low-income students, leading not just to better test scores, but also to increased adult earnings. Read more

Last Chance to Enter for a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty

If you’ve been dreaming about a new, vibrant area where you can enjoy lunch, share ideas with other staff members, and decompress, hurry and enter for a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover from the NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program provider, California Casualty.

Just go to www.NewSchoolLounge.com/NEA before the July 12 entry deadline. Read more

Check Out These Summer Deals for CEA Members

School’s out, but the savings keep coming for CEA members! Take advantage of these sizzling summer offers.

Six Flags Picnic in the Park, August 3

CEA teachers and their families enjoy a discounted rate on park admission and lunch, with free parking! Get your tickets here.

Yankees? Sox? CEA Members Save on Both

Don’t miss CEA Teacher Appreciation Games at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park this summer. Read more

CEA Members Head to Houston to Represent CT Colleagues

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown, CEA President Jeff Leake, and CEA-Aspiring Educators Chair Katie Grant are ready for the NEA RA.

CEA members are trading warm Connecticut temperatures for the truly hot weather of Houston this week—all in the name of representing their fellow teachers at the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA).

More than 100 CEA members are joining the nearly 7,000 elected delegates who are representing their colleagues around the nation. The world’s largest deliberative body is meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center this year.

A highlights of this year’s RA will be a Presidential Forum from 3-5 p.m. EDT on July 5, where a number of 2020 presidential candidates will answer questions submitted by NEA members about the future of public education. Confirmed attendees include former Vice President Joe Biden, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Sen. Kamala Harris, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Read more

July Discounts and Special Offers from NEA Member Benefits

From discounts on steaks for the grill to sports equipment to vacation car rentals check out the highlighted offers from NEA Member Benefits this July.

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

Make the most of your summer break! 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 July!* Read more

Grant Allows Stonington Crew Team to Keep Oars in the Water

Stonington crew

Mystic Middle School teacher and Stonington High Crew Coach Bruce Yarnall and Mystic Middle School Principal Tim Smith receive the athletic grant.

Crew has a reputation as being a sport for the wealthy, but Stonington High School girls crew coach Bruce Yarnall says that he finds it’s a sport that opens up opportunity for students of all backgrounds.

“One of the great things about crew is that everyone comes in ninth grade not knowing anything; all the students are starting as beginners,” says Yarnall, a Mystic Middle School special education teacher.

He adds that it’s an especially important opportunity for students who haven’t yet found a sport they enjoy and may struggle with the hand-eye coordination that many more popular sports require.

“It allows kids who don’t generally like ball sports to compete and be part of a team,” Yarnall says. During the fall and spring, approximately 90 Stonington students row. Read more

Teaching in the Present Tense: Using Music to Engage Students Across the Disciplines

CEA and AFT Connecticut joined forces to co-sponsor a professional learning workshop titled, “TeachRock: Music Across the Disciplines.” Thirty teachers from around the state, representing nearly every grade level and subject area—from physics to culinary arts—attended the free workshop.

Members of CEA and AFT CT come together to attend a free TeachRock workshop on using popular music to promote cultural competence and student engagement across the disciplines.

TeachRock is an arts integration curriculum created by the Rock ‘n Roll Forever Foundation, founded by Steven Van Zandt, better known as Little Steven of Bruce Springstein’s E Street Band. Van Zandt is a strong supporter of both unions and teachers, whom he describes as “underappreciated and underpaid.” Read more