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Expectations High for Summer Leadership Conference

CEA’s annual Summer Leadership conference is underway at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center. Hundreds of teachers are in attendance taking workshops to learn new strategies for the classroom, finding out how to get more engaged with their local associations and CEA, and meeting other teachers from around the state.

South Windsor teacher Joe Camire is attending the conference for the second time. “I really enjoyed the conference last year and am looking forward to learning more this year, specifically, how to work with WordPress and create a communications vehicle for our local,” he said.

Sprague teacher Deb Labbe, a first-time attendee, also looks forward to learning and networking at the conference. “I am hoping to learn about the grievance process from the bottom up. With the implementation of the new teacher evaluation process, there may be some new grievances, and I want to make sure we are prepared and know all the rules to help our colleagues,” she said.

The teachers share a commitment to student success and the teaching profession, and many want to take a more active role in the union so they can advocate for their colleagues.

“It’s very rewarding to be involved and have knowledge about the union in order to be more helpful to teachers who need assistance with minor or major issues,” said Southington High School teacher Stephen Victor. “When you are involved, you really appreciate and understand all that the union does to help teachers and the profession,” he said.

The conference runs through Wednesday, August 7.

CEA member performing at Mohegan Sun

Suffield Middle School music teacher Laura Noonan will performi with her band at the Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun on Monday, August 5 from 8 – 9:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

Noonan is the lead singer in Avenue Groove, a Connecticut-based band dedicated to playing “get out of your seat and dance music.”

For more information visit Avenue Groove.

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