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Crisis in the Classroom: Legislators Need to Hear From You

Many Connecticut children are losing out on learning time when disruptive behavior from another student continually interrupts the school day. Problematic student behavior is a major problem in our schools, but many legislators aren’t aware of what’s happening in your classroom. They need to hear your stories.

On Friday, February 22, the legislature’s Education Committee will be holding a public hearing on legislation that protects students and teachers from dangerous situations in the classroom, and provides support and services for students who act out. Legislators need to hear from you!

Click here to submit written testimony now.

You can submit your story under your own name, or anonymously.

If you are interested in testifying and sharing your story in person with the Education Committee on February 22, please contact myvoice@cea.org.

Encouraging the Love of Reading With CEF’s 2nd Annual Reading Bus Tour

Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 6.07.56 PMThe second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour will be heading off across Eastern Connecticut on February 25 for a week full of visits to elementary schools. Over 1,000 fourth graders will get to board the bus for read alouds and hands-on activities, and will receive book bags, school supplies, and free books.

CEA Vice President and Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) President Tom Nicholas joined iHeart Radio’s Renee DeNino recently to talk about the bus tour and the importance of reading in children’s lives. Listen to the interview here. Read more

Women’s History Month for the Classroom

The theme for Women’s History Month 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” This March, examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions with the following lessons and activities.

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CEA Joins Labor Community in Urging Alternatives to Austerity

“We reject the idea of cutting our way to prosperity. That has never worked,”  said Connecticut AFL-CIO President Sal Luciano. His remarks came at a press conference yesterday where members of the labor community, including CEA, called on the state to adopt a pro-growth, investment budget.

Members of the Connecticut labor community, including Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon (at podium), CEA President Jeff Leake (standing at left), and Connecticut AFL-CIO President Sal Luciano (at far right), held a press conference yesterday to call on the state to adopt a pro-growth, investment budget.

Labor leaders pointed out that austerity budgets haven’t worked elsewhere, and there is no reason to believe one would work in Connecticut. Their remarks came ahead of the governor’s budget address, which is expected February 20. 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 just some of the deals available to you as a CEA member.

 

Enfield Second Graders Celebrate 100 Days of Schools

The 100th day of school means big excitement for elementary school students across Connecticut. At Henry Barnard Elementary in Enfield the 100th day arrived yesterday, and second graders and their teachers celebrated by rotating through seven different fun, 100-themed activities.

Quality Professional Development for You From CEA

The CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities, aligned with Connecticut’s professional learning standards, to improve teaching practice and enhance student learning.

CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field leads a teacher evaluation workshop.

Through the CEA Professional Learning Academy, members can attend free workshops, conferences, and trainings developed by experienced educators, administrators, and experts in law and special education. CEA is a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

CEA offers workshops and seminars on dozens of topics, including  Read more

Disrupted Learning: Oregon Teachers Share Their Stories, and You Can Too

There’s a crisis of disrupted learning not just in Connecticut, but across the U.S., and the Oregon Education Association today released a report on the conditions students and educators are facing in schools.

Some Oregon teachers talked to a local news station about the disruptions they face daily.

Teachers in Connecticut experience many of these same situations, but legislators are unaware of the severity and pervasiveness of the problem.

Share your own story (anonymously if you so choose) to make legislators aware of the need for action to make classrooms safe for all students and teachers.

To arrange for a teacher-legislator get-together in your district, contact your local association president and CEA’s Chris Donovan or Robyn Kaplan-Cho.

Are You Missing Out on These Educator Tax Deductions?

Legislation passed late in 2015 made many “tax extenders” semi-permanent, but there are still a few esoteric items that keep everyone on tenterhooks when, as once again this year, Congress fails to pass the tax bill by the end of the year. The new Congress is likely to make them retroactive once they finally do pass the bill in 2019.

In addition, 2018 is the first tax year that most of the new provisions of last year’s tax reform apply, so there are a lot of changes. Read more

February Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

This February, save on flowers, gift baskets, perfume, jewelry, and more with NEA Member Benefits!

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

Show some love to your family and friends this Valentine’s Day! 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 www.neamb.com/clickandsave 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