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Athletics Grants Available to High School & Middle School Teachers

David Jurewicz, a technology teacher and the Head Football Coach at Crosby High School in Waterbury, poses with Principal Jade Gopie after receiving a California Casualty Athletics Grant last spring.

Have sports programs at your school been impacted by inadequate budgets?

Public high school and middle schools sports teams in need of financial help can score up to $3,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, provides grants to offset budget cuts that have affected middle and high school athletics.

Click here for details and entry forms. Applications must be received by January 15, 2019 for consideration for the 2018-2019 school year. Read more

Smart Tips and Exclusive Perks for NEA Members—Including a Chance to Win $1,000

The holidays are just around the corner—a time to rejuvenate and spend quality time with friends and family. NEA Member Benefits can help you save time and money this holiday season with helpful ideas to:

  • Stretch Your Holiday Budget
  • Plan a Hassle-free Holiday Vacation
  • Get Rewarded for Holiday Shopping
  • …And much more!

Visit neamb.com/holiday to make holiday planning easier!

And while you’re there, enter the $1,000 member-only giveaway! NEA Member Benefits has teamed up with Sallie Mae, provider of the NEA Smart Option Student Loan Program, to offer NEA members a chance to win $1,000 cash from now through December 31!

December Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

The holiday season is here! Remember to check out the savings available from NEA Member Benefits on everything from movie tickets and home décor to kitchen appliances.

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

No sooner does school start than anticipation of the fall and winter holidays begins. 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 December!* Read more

Nominate a Colleague for CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Awards

Do you know an educator who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunities, LGBTQQI support and awareness, conflict resolution, or other social issues pertinent to students and public education?

Nominate a colleague for one of nine CEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. Now easier than ever, nominations can be made online.

Categories include:

  • Susan B. Anthony—Prudence Crandall Equality Award
  • Mahatma Gandhi—Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award
  • Katherine Dunham Award
  • Helen Keller—Anne Sullivan Memorial Award
  • John Rogers Memorial Award
  • CEA Award for Leadership in Hispanic Educational and Community Relationships
  • CEA Humanitarian Award for Leadership in Recent Immigrant Educational and Community Relationships
  • Harvey Milk—Sylvia Rivera Award for Challenging Discrimination Related to Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • CEA Presidential Award—Henry Barnard Memorial Award

Click here for guidelines, award criteria, and online nomination forms. 

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2019.

The awards will be presented during an inspiring dinner at CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference in August.

Make the Most of Your CEA Member Benefits

Visit cea.org/mb to see all the ways you can save on everything from groceries to entertainment.

New discounts are added regularly, and CEA members are now saving on

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