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CEA Teacher Appreciation Day at UConn Football

Don’t miss the first-ever CEA Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 27, as the UConn Huskies face the UMass Minutemen at Rentschler Field!

Get your choice of discounted seats at www.uconnhuskies.com. Click Tickets, then Promo Codes. Enter CEA, and your discount will automatically apply. You may also call 860-486-8189 or email robert.luden@uconn.edu. Mention that you are a CEA member and receive $15 second-level end zone seats or $30 seats in the lower sidelines.

CEA members may bring up to three guests with them to a Teacher Tailgate Tent before the homecoming game. Enjoy pregame festivities as well as complimentary food and soft drinks courtesy of CEA and California Casualty.

The tailgate is free, but you must register in advance to reserve your spots. Go to cea.org/mb.

CEA’s New Teacher Guide Helps You Survive and Thrive in Your First Year—and Beyond

What should you bring to an IEP? How and when should you renew your teaching certificate? You suspect a child is neglected at home; how do you proceed?

Every new teacher wishes there was a handbook for all of these questions.

Now there is.

Check out CEA’s New Teacher Guide, available only to CEA members.

To log in and access the guide, you will need your member ID number. You can look it up here. Read more

Building Rep Reminds Teachers of the Many Benefits of CEA Membership

“A union allows teachers to be stronger,” says Cooperative Education Services Education Association building rep Marilyn Della Rocco. “Together we can accomplish more and have more of a voice.”

Della Rocco, a preschool teacher at Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport who also serves as co-vice president of her local association, says it’s very important for teachers to be engaged with their union because there are many groups who seek to erode teachers’ rights.

“The rights to a half-hour lunch, being able to have prep time, having class sizes that are appropriate to the developmental stage of the children—these are all things teachers enjoy today because our union has fought for them over the years,” she says. “Without a union, things would be very different.” Read more

Quality Professional Development for You From CEA

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

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.

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

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 a 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! Read more

How to Enjoy Great Museums for Free

A great museum can offer insight into life in the past, let you view famous works of art or explain the inner workings of everything from a space shuttle to a dinosaur. Visiting a museum is part of the fun of traveling, whether it is a destination in itself (such as the Smithsonian Institution or the Metropolitan Museum of Art) or a lesser-known find (such as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, or the Mütter Museum of medical history in Philadelphia).

Some museums, such as The British Museum in London and the 19 that make up the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., are always free, while others have a pay-what-you-wish policy that lets you set your budget.

But many museums charge admission fees. Although the average U.S. museum admission fee is just $7, according to the U.S. Embassy, it’s not unusual for popular museums to charge $15 or $20 for adults. If you want to bring the whole family with you, that can really add up. Read more

August Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

There may only be a few weeks of summer left, but that leaves plenty of time for vacation and some back to school shopping. Don’t forget to check out the discounts available to NEA members through NEA member benefits!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for August 2018

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

6 Steps to Hassle-free Home Improvements

A well-planned, well-executed upgrade can add comfort, convenience, beauty and value to your home. Unfortunately, not all improvement projects turn out well. We’ve all heard horror stories of contractors who damage property, delay completion, add unexpected charges and cause other problems that can leave homeowners loaded with regrets—and big bills.

Take these six simple precautions before and during the project to ensure that everything will go smoothly:

Do your homework

Before you start looking for contractors, research the project you’re considering, suggests home improvement expert Philip Schmidt, author of Don’t Sweat It … Hire It! An A to Z Guide to Finding, Hiring & Managing Home Improvement Pros. You can find information in home-improvement magazines and books and via Internet resources such as YouTube and other layman-friendly sites.

The goal here is not to become an expert, he says. Rather, you need to gather information about best practices, products and materials that are being used for this type of job. Then, you can ask informed questions of your potential contractors and ensure that all necessary details are covered in the contract.
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10 Family Discounts You May Be Missing Out On

Did you know that many of the benefits available to NEA members are also available to your family? You can now add immediate family members to your NEA Member Benefits account so they can take advantage of many of the products and services you currently enjoy.

To sign up a family member, simply log in and go to “My Account,” select the “Family Members” tab and click on “Add Family Member.” You will be asked to provide basic information about your family member(s), including their full name and an email address.

Get the most out of your NEA membership and encourage your family members to enjoy these great deals, along with many more:
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Enter to Win a Dodge Journey!

As a busy educator, your journey through life offers new adventures at every turn: enriching students, finding work/life balance, and giving back to your community.

In appreciation for all that you do, NEA Member Benefits is giving educators the chance to win a new 2018 vehicle and ride in style courtesy of California Casualty.

ENTER NOW!