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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.

7 Little-Known Vacation Deals for Teachers

Educators are eligible for a variety of travel discounts—many of which you may not know about. Here are seven insider tips for finding fabulous vacation values at museums, hotels, theme parks, and other travel attractions.

1. Use your NEA member benefits.

As an NEA member, you qualify for exclusive travel discounts. The NEA Click & Save program can help you save on luggage, theme park tickets, restaurant gift certificates, travel apparel, and more. Members are also eligible for discounts on car rentals from five major companies and guided vacations offered by Trafalgar.  Don’t miss NEA Vacations for travel discounts that range from flights to hotels to cruises. Read more

Apply for an NEA Grant This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to plan for the year ahead and apply for grants available through the NEA Foundation—a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students.

The NEA Foundation is currently accepting applications for Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants.

All active NEA members are eligible to apply for both grants; however, the foundation is currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects. Read more

Scholarship Giveaway for NEA Members

cash-collection-currency-47344 money dollarNEA Member Benefits is offering NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash to reward you for your dedication and help you further your own educational pursuits.

Now through August 31, 2019, you can enter each month. 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!

Enter now.

Don’t Let Your Dream Vacation Turn Into a Travel Nightmare

Travel nightmares abound during the busy summer vacation season. Some are scarier than others, and their financial impact on travelers can range from nuisance to catastrophic.

Whether stuck in an airport for hours due to a cancelled flight, arriving at a destination without luggage, falling sick in a country with poor healthcare facilities, or getting robbed of travel documents and cash, today’s travelers and tourists are vulnerable to a wide range of mishaps when they set off to unfamiliar terrains.

Minimize costly mishaps with proper planning and coverage. Check out these invaluable tips from CEA-endorsed USI Insurance.

Click here for more about coverage available from USI for CEA members.

Are You Protected in Case of a Flood?

When flood waters recede, flood victims face another rude awakening. Their insurance may not cover costly damage to their homes.

Standard homeowners and renters policies exclude flood damage, which—even after just a few inches of water—can add up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Learn more from CEA-endorsed USI.

Find out more about coverage available through USI.

8 Smart Things to Do During Your Summer Break

During the school year, you’re laser-focused on your students and your responsibilities at school. But come summertime, you finally have a chance to focus on you.

Whether you want to tackle a big home project or reassess your finances, jet off on a much-needed vacation, or just kick back and relax for a change, your summer is a blank slate. What will you do?

Here are a few ideas for smart ways you can spend your break, plus some benefits for NEA members that can help you make the most of your time off. Read more

June Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Summer is almost here, and there are discounts in the air! Check out these highlighted June deals and discounts from NEA Member Benefits!

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

Celebrate grads, Dads, weddings and more! 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 June!* Read more

May Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Summer is almost here—don’t forget to check out the savings available to CEA and NEA members before you head on vacation or make your next big purchase!

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

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 May!* Read more