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BBQ Picnic for CEA Members at Hartford Yard Goats Baseball

 

After 47 sold-out games last summer, the Yard Goats’ third season has gotten off to a winning start, with new music, menu items, and in-game promotions. Bring your family and friends and join teachers from across Connecticut for an all-you-can-eat BBQ at the July 26 game. CEA members are also invited to gather on the field in a united display of the American flag during the national anthem.

Don’t miss out on that or any of our CEA Teacher Appreciation Days at the Yard Goats—July 26, August 9, and August 23. Treat yourself and the baseball fans in your life to discounted seats, special teacher recognition during the game, and fireworks afterward.

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Two Connecticut Teachers Receive Prestigious Awards for Teaching Excellence

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked is the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence.

Two educators from New London and Danbury were recognized before nearly 400 of their Connecticut colleagues for receiving two prestigious awards honoring educator excellence. CEA President Jeff Leake made the announcement at the CEA Representative Assembly last weekend.

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked was named the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence, which puts her in the running for a national award recognizing the year’s most outstanding educators.

Danbury teacher Luanelly Iglesias was recognized as the winner of NEA’s 2019 Human and Civil Rights George I. Sanchez Memorial Award honoring teachers who significantly advance equal opportunities for Hispanics. Read more

At Representative Assembly, CEA President’s Message Focuses on Strength in Solidarity, Diversity

The 171st CEA Representative Assembly had nearly 400 delegates—teachers from every part of the state—in attendance.

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Teachers Honored, Officers Elected at CEA RA

Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.

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CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas congratulate Stephanie Wanzer on her reelection to the position of CEA secretary and David Jedidian (at right) on his election to the position of CEA treasurer.

CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more

Still Time to Register for Teacher Leader Institute!

How can teacher leaders enable creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond? Come to the third annual Teacher Leader Institute May 20 at Central Connecticut State University to find out.

The day will feature three outstanding keynote speakers, Andy Hargreaves (professional collaboration), Peter Gamwell (back by demand on creativity), and Marc Brackett (social/emotional learning). Participants will also be able to choose from among 22 breakout sessions by and for teachers and administrators—who will offer multiple perspectives on the role of teachers as leaders and the conditions that support them. Read more

Workshop for CEA Members: Working with Transgender Students

Much of our society and the systems within it live as if the world exists in binary form. Male/female. Masculine/feminine. Man/woman. Either/or. The “both/and/neither/nor” identities inherent in transgender, gender creative, and gender fluid students (and coworkers) can bring up questions and concerns. This workshop is designed to address them.

This free workshop, only open to CEA members, will take place May 16 at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill and be presented by Robin ​P. ​McHaelen, ​MSW. ​​McHaelen ​is ​the ​founder ​and ​current ​Executive ​Director ​of ​True ​Colors, ​Inc. and the co-author ​of ​several ​books ​and ​articles ​on ​LGBT ​youth ​concerns.

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CEA Holding Workshops on Pension Issues for Early Career Teachers

CEA Pension Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho answers teachers’ questions.

You may be years away from retirement, but it’s never too early to start planning. Come to a free CEA workshop this spring where CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho will provide you with an overview of the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System with a particular emphasis on issues of interest to teachers in the early phase of their career (fewer than 15 years of service)—although all CEA members are welcome.

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Teachers Speak Up, Share Stories With Legislators: Join Them

Teachers have a lot to say on issues from their pensions to classroom safety this legislative session, which is why local associations around Connecticut are meeting with their legislators and making their voices heard.

Hamden Education Association members including President Diane Marinaro, standing at right, had a number of questions for Rep. Mike D’Agostino, Rep. Josh Elliott, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, and Senator George Logan.

“Politicians make decisions that affect our students and our profession,” says Hamden Education Association Vice President David Abate. “Sitting back and waiting isn’t a solution. I don’t like politics, but for legislators to know what’s going on in our schools they have to hear from teachers.” Read more

Join Your Colleagues for a Film Screening and Discussion on How to Combat the School-to-Prison Pipeline

How are attitudes, experiences, and stereotypes impacting young people of color in Connecticut today? Join your fellow CEA members April 25 in Bridgeport for a film screening and an engaging discussion with experts on cultural responsiveness and juvenile justice.

This workshop, sponsored by the CEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission, is free to CEA members and will include a viewing of the CPTV film Color of Justice Revisited. It will also feature a discussion with the following guest speakers on how educators can help combat the school-to-prison pipeline.

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All Aboard: Reading Bus Celebrates Literacy at Connecticut Schools

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Students at Moriarty Magnet School in Norwich were the first to board the Read Across America Reading Bus this year. Back row (L-R): CEA’s Tom Nicholas, Sandra Cassineri, Janet Streckfus, and Michele Ridolfi O’Neill, along with fourth-grade teacher Dawn Bisson.

“Wowwwww.”

“I can’t believe it.”

“This is A-MAZING!”

Those were just a few of the early reactions from fourth-graders climbing aboard the colorful, 38-foot bus outside Moriarty Magnet School in Norwich this morning.

Today kicks off the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour, featuring a customized blue bus decorated with well-known Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books.

Hosted by CEF and sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets, iHeartRadio, and the National Education Association, the year’s biggest literacy event rolls into six eastern Connecticut towns this week to bring the joy of reading to hundreds of students. Complete with guest readers, costumed characters, crafts, and literacy activities, the event also includes book bags filled with school supplies, and a new book of their choice for nearly 1,000 students. Read more