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20 Teacher-Approved Apps You’ve Got to Try

Mobile apps have become “must have” classroom tools, and students are naturally drawn to their interactivity. Whether you’re looking for an app to help with classroom management, exploring different languages, or figuring out tricky geometry problems, there’s an app for anything and everything.

With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, finding the right ones to use can be a challenge. To help you navigate the waters, NEA Member Benefits asked your fellow NEA members for information about apps they find useful in their classrooms. Below are their picks along with some helpful advice. Read more

Applications Now Open for the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship broadens educators’ and students’ perspectives. It’s a great opportunity for classroom teachers to develop their global competence and bring the world to their students.The yearlong, fully-funded fellowship includes:

  • An online course in teaching global competence
  • A two-day professional development workshop in Washington, D.C. (Fall 2019)
  • Webinars discussing global issues
  • A nine-day international field study to Peru (Summer 2020)

Learn more and apply today.

Spring Break 2019 Vacation Planning with NEA Adventures

Stroll through a Costa Rica rainforest when you book an NEA Adventure! Book now for Spring Break 2019 trips to Costa Rica—or wait until Summer 2019 and head to Alaska, Costa Rica, Iceland, Italy, Peru, Vietnam, or Western Express-Northbound U.S.

Make 2019 a year to remember. Reserve your spot now with a deposit of $250. Then pay the full balance 60 days prior to departure. To book, call 866-667-9509. See more details at neamb.com/neaadventures. Read more

New Member Benefit: Help with Student Loans, Credit Card Debt

Cambridge Credit Counseling Student Loan Counseling Manager Gordon Oliver and CEA Educational Issues Specialist Michele O’Neill talked with CEA members at a recent Degrees Not Debt workshop.

Connecticut has the highest average student loan debt of any state in the nation at $38,510, according to a recent analysis. That’s why CEA has partnered with Cambridge Credit Counseling to help members get back on solid financial ground.

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Cambridge Credit Counseling is a nonprofit agency that can help CEA members learn about eliminating student loan debt by reducing payments or taking advantage of loan forgiveness plans that many borrowers are unaware of. Cambridge Credit Counseling will identify all the repayment programs available to you based on your unique situation. Read more

Jahana Hayes Delivers Inspiring Message at CEA’s New Teacher Conference

“You chose this profession because you wanted to make a difference, and that means standing on the front lines for democracy,” CEA President Jeff Leake told nearly 200 educators gathered for CEA’s 18th annual New Teacher Conference on Saturday. “It means protecting education for the common good; keeping schools safe for our students; fighting discrimination; and resisting political interference into our classrooms while acknowledging that politics affects our work, our livelihood, our communities, and our planet. Because we are on the front lines for democracy, we will always rise to our duty to educate for democracy, stimulate critical thinking, and shape global citizens.”

2016 National Teacher of the Year and Congressional Candidate Jahana Hayes gives the keynote address at CEA’s New Teacher Conference.

Pointing to a “CEA Stronger Together” button he wears every day, Leake added, “This reminds us that our collective voice is so much more powerful than just one voice and that the best way to improve the fate of our students, our profession, and our communities is through the collective action of democratic, independent unions.” Read more

New Season, New Theater Discounts for CEA Members

The value of CEA membership extends far beyond the classroom. CEA members save on some of the hottest shows at venues like The Bushnell in Hartford and Waterbury’s Palace Theater.

Whether you’re looking for the mind-blowing magic of The Illusionists, holiday classics or new family favorites like The Nutcracker and American Girl Live, the sultry sounds of Diana Krall, or the heavy metal showmanship of Alice Cooper, you’ll score big with CEA member discounts at your favorite local theaters.

For additional CEA theater discounts, as well as savings everywhere you shop, visit cea.org/mb.

So Blah to Sublime: Transform Your Staff Room!

“Well-used and a bit sterile.” That’s how Plainville High School teacher and CEA member Debbie Seibert, now retired, described her building’s staff room.

All too often, the faculty lounge is one of the most neglected areas of a school. If that sounds familiar, NEA-endorsed California Casualty invites you to do something about it! Enter California Casualty’s $7,500 School Lounge Makeover at www.YourSchoolLounge.com/NEA, and your breakroom could be transformed.
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Subscribe to BlogCEA for a Chance to Wear #RedforEd!

With elections coming soon and the future of teachers and public education at stake it’s never been more important to stay up to date on the latest education news affecting Connecticut teachers. Here at BlogCEA we want to make sure you as a CEA member get all the news you need.

Now through November 7, when you subscribe to BlogCEA, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a CEA #RedforEd T-shirt. One winner will be selected every week from among all who subscribe.

Click here to subscribe today.

Educators Appreciation Day at Mystic Seaport Museum

Don’t miss Educators Appreciation Day at Mystic Seaport Museum on October 20! CEA members and their families (up to four people total with teacher ID) will receive free Mystic Seaport Museum admission.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore the museum and learn more about the seaport’s educational programs and classroom connections. Education Department staff will be on hand to discuss program offerings and answer questions. In addition to the museum’s regular activities, there will be a special agenda of activities just for educators and their families.

Click here for more information. 

Register here.

CEA Guide Makes Teacher Evaluation Simple

What happens when you find out you’re being evaluated for the first time… in June?

What if you never received feedback on your last observation—and your next one’s coming up?

Are your student learning objectives (SLOs) appropriate? Do you have any say in setting them?

Get the answers to these and other questions in CEA’s free guide, updated for 2018-19, Teacher Evaluation Made Simple, available exclusively to CEA members.