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CEA Retirement Workshops Coming to a School Near You

Want to learn more about planning for retirement? Comprehensive CEA workshops held around the state cover all issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System, such as retirement eligibility, purchasing additional service, how Social Security may be affected, retiree health insurance, and choosing a retirement plan.

CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho will cover a wide range of issues and offer time for questions following the presentation. The workshops are held at various locations around the state throughout the fall and in the early spring.

Any active CEA member who wishes to begin planning for retirement is encouraged to attend a workshop. It is never too early to educate yourself!

Click here for more information and to register for a workshop.

Professional Development Just Got Better

CEA is proud to announce we are a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

As part of a recent push to provide teachers with meaningful professional learning rather than strictly compliance-based training, CEA has developed a catalog of Professional Learning Academy workshops that can be incorporated into your school or district’s formal PD days or offered separately. These will be offered at little or no cost.

For more information or to schedule a professional development workshop, contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy at 860-525-5641 or

September Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

September is here, and whether you’re looking for school supplies, a new outfit, or planning ahead for a Columbus Day vacation, NEA Member Benefits has savings and discounts you should check out.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for September 2017

 All revved up for the new school year? 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 September!* Read more

9 Ways to Stretch Your Back-to-School Budget

Shopping for all the things you need to get back to school—books, supplies, clothes and more—can put a serious dent in your budget. For the 2015-2016 school year, educators spent an average of $487 on out-of-pocket classroom supplies, according to the most recent survey of K-12 teachers conducted by SheerID in partnership with Agile Education Marketing.

It pays to look for deals, coupons, special offers, and tools that help you trim the cost of shopping a little—or a lot.

Try these 9 tips to get you back to school without blowing your budget!

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Kick-Start Your New School Year With These Essential Resources

As a CEA and NEA member, you have access to all the essential resources you need to help you stretch your back-to-school budget, get your classroom in order, and more!

Click here to visit NEA Member Benefits’ special back-to-school site and find:

  • NEW-YEAR INSPIRATION: Get expert tips on how to address classroom management challenges and organize your space, as well as back-to-school advice from fellow educators.
  • SHOPPING RESOURCES: Use these special offers and money-saving tips to get yourself and your family ready for the new school year.
  • WELLNESS TIPS: Find out how you can reduce back-to-school stress, reset your internal clock and more.

Teaching Tips, Ideas and Strategies to Help You Start the New School Year

Works4Me is a free biweekly e-newsletter from NEA, showcasing practical classroom tips written by the readers themselves. For over 10 years NEA has been gathering great ideas from educators like you.

Here are 21 of the best back-to-school-themed teaching tips gathered over the years. Read more

August Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

While you enjoy the last weeks of summer, check out these deals and discounts on summer fun and back to school supplies from NEA Member Benefits.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for August 2017

The new school year is just around the corner! 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 August!* Read more

Your CEA Membership Saves on Admission to Attractions Around the State

Planning to visit some local attractions this summer? Don’t forget to check out discounts available to CEA members before you go.

Your CEA membership offers you discounted admission at the Adventure Parks in Bridgeport and Storrs, Lake Compounce, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Connecticut Science Center, Mystic Aquarium, and so much more.

Check out the complete list here.

CEA Member Appreciation Day at the Yard Goats Next Saturday

The Hartford Yard Goats are excited to announce CEA Member Appreciation Days at the new ballpark—the first of which is coming up Saturday, July 29! Come out to cheer on the home team and enjoy special recognition for CEA member teachers with fireworks after the game. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. and is against the Reading Fightin Phils.

If you can’t make next Saturday, there is a second CEA Member Appreciation Day on Friday, August 11, at 7:05 p.m. versus the Harrisburg Senators.

Reserve and pay for your tickets online at and automatically receive a $2 CEA member discount for each ticket you purchase.

Mortgage Assistance Program for Teachers

Are you looking to buy a home? If you’re considering buying in certain districts or you teach in a shortage area, check out the Connecticut Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

The Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program offers home loans at below-market interest rates to Connecticut public school teachers. To be eligible for the program, you must be employed as a Connecticut-certified public school teacher or a certified regional vocational-technical teacher. You must also be a first-time homebuyer unless you purchase a home in a federally targeted area.

Click here to find out if you quality for the Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority website offers information on this and other mortgage programs, a list of participating lenders, targeted areas of the state, subject matter shortage areas, and priority and transitional school districts.