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Teachers Elect New Leaders

In contested races, 428 teacher delegates elected a new president, Jeff Leake, and vice president, Tom Nicholas, to lead the Connecticut Education Association for the next three years. The election took place on May 19 at the 170th CEA Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The president and vice president’s three-year terms begin July 15.

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Current CEA Vice President Jeff Leake and Treasurer Tom Nicholas were voted CEA President and Vice President at the CEA RA today.

In addition, in uncontested races, delegates elected directors to represent them on the NEA Board of Directors. Vernon teacher David Jedidian was elected NEA director, and Tara Flaherty, a teacher at Shepaug Valley School in Washington, was elected NEA director alternate. Their three-year terms begin September 1.

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Teachers Gather to Remember Landmark Bridgeport Strike

Hundreds of active and retired teachers, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in decades, gathered to commemorate a historic milestone—the Bridgeport teachers strike of 1978—which, for many, has...

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Retired Teachers Applaud Legislative Funding, Ready to Stay Active and Engaged

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams thanked CEA-Retired members for reaching out to their legislators in such great numbers.

“Those of you who went to retired lobby day, who reached out to your legislators, I can’t thank you enough,” CEA Executive Director Donald Williams told members of CEA-Retired gathered for their annual spring meeting this morning. “You made a tremendous difference and had a big impact on the legislature this year.”

In the budget that passed the Connecticut General Assembly late last night, legislators designated $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund—contributing their full share for the first time in many years. While the state is supposed to contribute one-third of the fund’s actuarially required amount and retired teachers and active teachers each contribute one-third, the state has not been funding its share recently—putting the fund on the precipice of bankruptcy.

“Full state funding for the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund has been one of our top priorities in recent years,” Williams said. “Thank you for your great work.” Read more

Teacher Leader Institute May 22: Register Now!

CEA is pleased to once again partner with Central Connecticut State University on this important event featuring Ottawa’s Dr. Peter Gamwell and Finland’s Dr. Pasi Sahlberg. Their work has been influential on the structure of education in their respective countries, which are recognized as education superpowers and supporters of teachers as professional leaders.

The theme of this year’s program—which will be explored in a panel discussion and breakout sessions—is teacher leaders as enablers of creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond.

Offered by CCSU in partnership with CEA, AFT-CT, and Duke University Teachhouse, the program is open to 400 public school educators.

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE.

May 22, 2018, 8:00am – 3:30pm
CCSU New Britain Campus – Alumni Hall

Read about last year’s institute.

Cost: $75.00 per person

Space is limited.

Teachers, Registrars to Students: Your Vote Matters

CEA has proudly partnered with the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut on a month-long voter registration drive in Connecticut’s high schools,

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CEA Helps Schoolchildren and Families Receive Free Dental Care

CEA partnered with the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach this year to get the message out about a no-cost clinic at Torrington High School April 20-21. Now in its 12th year, the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) clinic provides free dental care to those who are underserved or uninsured.

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Holding English- and Spanish-language flyers distributed by CEA, Ana Francisca Flores and her seven-year-old son, Rosbin Osvaldo Flores, made the trip from Bridgeport so that Rosbin could get fillings—an expense many families cannot afford.

Julie Eagan, who came with her 15-year-old son, Jonathan, learned about the clinic through flyers posted at Torrington Middle School. CEA distributed hundreds of flyers to teachers and schools administrators in the hopes that families in need of services would know that there are no-cost options available. The CTMOM free dental clinic offers people of all ages a wide range of oral healthcare, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, X-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, root canals, limited partial dentures, and general health screenings.

“The cost of dental care leaves many unable to afford it,” said Torrington Education Association President Mary Juliano. “The dental clinic provides an invaluable charitable service to the residents of Connecticut, especially those in the northwest corner. To be able to come to Torrington High School and receive a dental cleaning free of charge is wonderful, and it is my hope that many adults and children will take advantage of the opportunity.” Read more

The Impact of Complex Trauma in Schools

2018-04-17_15-36-24In this timely workshop just for CEA members and presented by CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Commission, you will learn

  • the definition of complex trauma,
  • how it manifests in school-age children,
  • its impact on learning, behavior, and social-emotional functioning,
  • how a trauma-sensitive environment can help, and
  • what strategies you can use in your classroom.

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Planning for the Future: Pension Issues for Early Career Teachers

You may be years away from retirement, but it’s never too early to start planning. This workshop provides 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 (less than 15 years of service), although all CEA members are welcome.

Come and hear from CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho to gather the information you need to answer the following questions (and more):

    • How does the retirement system work?
    • Can I get retirement credit for other work that I’ve done?
    • What happens if I decide to work part-time or take a leave of absence?
    • What are my options if I decide to leave teaching?
    • How long do I have to work to collect a pension?
    • I have heard that my Social Security benefits may be affected. Is that true?

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Retired Teachers Meet Face to Face With Legislators to Discuss Policy Issues

“I always tell my colleagues, ‘Never go up against retired teachers,” Representative Matthew Lesser told a crowd of retired educators today. “You guys are smart and have a lot of time on your hands!”

In the biggest turnout ever for Retired Teachers’ Lobby Day, more than 200 retired Connecticut educators converged on the Legislative Office Building this morning to meet with Lesser and dozens of other elected officials about issues important to retired educators and public education.

Rep. Matthew Lesser addresses over 200 retired educators at Retired Teachers’ Lobby Day.

The event, a joint effort of CEA-Retired, the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC), and AFT Connecticut, brought longtime educators and legislators face to face to discuss issues important to both retired and active teachers. Read more

Register Now for Teacher Leader Institute

How can teacher leaders enable creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond? Come to the second annual teacher leader institute this May at Central Connecticut State University to find out. Read more