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$5,000 Scholarship Drawing for NEA Members

NEA Member Benefits has teamed up with Sallie Mae, provider of the NEA Student Loan Program, to offer NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash! It’s a way of rewarding you for your dedication and helping you further your own educational pursuits.

Click here to enter now through August 31, 2019.

If you’re the lucky $5,000 winner, you could choose to fund professional development courses for yourself, cover some of your expenses toward National Board Certification, or even help family members with their college tuition!

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.

August Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

August’s arrival means summer is coming to a close, but there’s still plenty of time to save on sporting goods and summer travel—or get ready for the new school year with discounts on your fall wardrobe. Check out the highlighted offers from NEA Member Benefits for August 2019.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for August 2019

Summer break is winding down—time to get ready 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 August!* Read more

Don’t Miss Out on Teacher Appreciation Days at the Yard Goats!

Tickets for our first CEA Teacher Appreciation Day of the summer at the Hartford Yard Goats are already sold out. Don’t miss out on the remaining games—get your tickets for August 9 and August 23 today! Treat yourself and the baseball fans in your life to discounted seats, special teacher recognition during the game, and fireworks afterward.

Get tickets to CEA Teacher Appreciation Days:

Last Chance to Enter for a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty

If you’ve been dreaming about a new, vibrant area where you can enjoy lunch, share ideas with other staff members, and decompress, hurry and enter for a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover from the NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program provider, California Casualty.

Just go to www.NewSchoolLounge.com/NEA before the July 12 entry deadline. Read more

Check Out These Summer Deals for CEA Members

School’s out, but the savings keep coming for CEA members! Take advantage of these sizzling summer offers.

Six Flags Picnic in the Park, August 3

CEA teachers and their families enjoy a discounted rate on park admission and lunch, with free parking! Get your tickets here.

Yankees? Sox? CEA Members Save on Both

Don’t miss CEA Teacher Appreciation Games at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park this summer. Read more

July Discounts and Special Offers from NEA Member Benefits

From discounts on steaks for the grill to sports equipment to vacation car rentals check out the highlighted offers from NEA Member Benefits this July.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for July 2019

Make the most of your summer break! 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 July!* Read more

Grant Allows Stonington Crew Team to Keep Oars in the Water

Stonington crew

Mystic Middle School teacher and Stonington High Crew Coach Bruce Yarnall and Mystic Middle School Principal Tim Smith receive the athletic grant.

Crew has a reputation as being a sport for the wealthy, but Stonington High School girls crew coach Bruce Yarnall says that he finds it’s a sport that opens up opportunity for students of all backgrounds.

“One of the great things about crew is that everyone comes in ninth grade not knowing anything; all the students are starting as beginners,” says Yarnall, a Mystic Middle School special education teacher.

He adds that it’s an especially important opportunity for students who haven’t yet found a sport they enjoy and may struggle with the hand-eye coordination that many more popular sports require.

“It allows kids who don’t generally like ball sports to compete and be part of a team,” Yarnall says. During the fall and spring, approximately 90 Stonington students row. Read more

Teaching in the Present Tense: Using Music to Engage Students Across the Disciplines

CEA and AFT Connecticut joined forces to co-sponsor a professional learning workshop titled, “TeachRock: Music Across the Disciplines.” Thirty teachers from around the state, representing nearly every grade level and subject area—from physics to culinary arts—attended the free workshop.

Members of CEA and AFT CT come together to attend a free TeachRock workshop on using popular music to promote cultural competence and student engagement across the disciplines.

TeachRock is an arts integration curriculum created by the Rock ‘n Roll Forever Foundation, founded by Steven Van Zandt, better known as Little Steven of Bruce Springstein’s E Street Band. Van Zandt is a strong supporter of both unions and teachers, whom he describes as “underappreciated and underpaid.” Read more

Free Legal Advice Through the NEA/CEA Attorney Referral Program

CEA provides members with full legal protection in employment related matters. But in today’s complex world, simply having legal help for employment related matters isn’t enough. At one time or another, each of us needs legal counsel on personal matters that are important to us and our families.

That’s why NEA created an Attorney Referral Program. This unique program, which CEA participates in, is designed to make sure that members have access to affordable legal advice.

The NEA/CEA Attorney Referral Program provides members with legal advice on personal matters. Each eligible member is entitled to two 30-minute-consultation sessions free during each membership year. And if you need additional legal help, the NEA/CEA Attorney Referral Program lets you get the help at rates below participating attorneys’ usual fees.

View the list of participating law firms in Connecticut. 

Read more information about the program here.