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Quality Professional Development for You From CEA

SC19-381The CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities, aligned with Connecticut’s professional learning standards, to improve teaching practice and enhance student learning.

Through the CEA Professional Learning Academy, members can attend free workshops, conferences, and trainings developed by experienced educators, administrators, and experts in law and special education. CEA is a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

CEA offers workshops and seminars on dozens of topics, including
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  • Classroom Management
  • Social Media Safety
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Maximizing Your Time
  • Building a Culture of Empathy
  • Strategies to Help New Teachers Survive and Thrive
  • Strategies to Foster Social-Emotional Well-Being in School
  • The Gender Achievement Gap
  • Implicit Bias 101: Its Powerful Effect on Instruction and Learning
  • Section 504: An Emerging Issue for Educators
  • Mythbusters: Understanding Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities in the Special Education Process
  • Teachers and the Law
  • Knowledge Is the Best Protection: Preventing and Responding to Aggressive Student Behavior
  • PDEC Strategies to Save Time and Promote Collaboration
  • ESSA: Implications for Your District – Title I Accountability
  • Introduction to Student Trauma: Developing a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

And more!

Check out the complete list of offerings, which are continually updated to include new strategies and address evolving needs.

For more information or to schedule a professional development workshop, contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy at 860-525-5641 or at myprofession@cea.org.

CEA Retirement Workshops Start Monday

When will you be eligible for retirement? How should you decide which retirement plan to choose?  How can you purchase additional service? How will your Social Security benefits be affected? Comprehensive retirement workshops offered free of charge to all CEA members will answer all of these questions and more.

The workshops, presented by CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho, cover a wide range of issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System and will allow time for questions following the presentation. The workshops are held at various locations around the state throughout the fall and in the early spring—the first one is this Monday, September 16, at South Windsor High School.

Register now!

Any CEA member who wishes to begin planning for retirement is encouraged to attend. It is never too early to educate yourself!

Registration starts at 4:00 p.m. and the workshops will run from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Lace Up, Give Back

Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up by September 15 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!

Register with CEF’s official charity promo code, CHARITYCEF19.

CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession.

This is CEF’s sixth year as an official charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, and we are looking to grow our team of volunteers as well as our participants in the various races, including the marathon, half-marathon, and 5K.

Once you’re signed up for the race, email CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas to confirm you’re an official team member, then sign up on our crowdrise page and reach out to friends, family, and colleagues and ask for their support.

“Every donation is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward helping students and teachers,” says Nicholas.

Want to help with the food tent, handing out water, or other race-day activities? Contact marypats@cea.org.

Anyone looking to make donations to CEF can mail checks to CEF at 21 Oak Street, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06106.

CEA Teacher Appreciation Day at UConn Football

Don’t miss the CEA Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 19, as the UConn Huskies face Houston at Rentschler Field! Get your choice of discounted seats with promo code CEA, and your discount will automatically apply.

CEA members may bring up to three guests with them to a Teacher Tailgate Tent before the homecoming game. Enjoy pregame festivities as well as complimentary food and soft drinks courtesy of California Casualty.

The tailgate is free, but you must register in advance to reserve your spots.

Educator Brings Prestigious Teaching Award Home to New London

“There are 3.2 million public school teachers in the United States; there are five Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence given out in any year,” CEA Executive Director Donald Williams told New London teachers during their convocation Friday. “Representing the New London Public Schools, Connecticut has one of those five, Elizabeth Sked.”

New London Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie, Horace Mann’s Jeff Larrow, and CEA’s Donald Williams congratulate Elizabeth Sked (at podium) on being a recipient of the 2020 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

New London teachers erupted into enthusiastic applause in recognition of Jennings School instructional literacy coach Elizabeth Sked, who is a 2020 winner of the NEA Foundation’s prestigious 2020 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

“I’m just one person, but I’m the voice of all of you, and I absolutely couldn’t be prouder than to be representing all of us,” Sked told New London educators. Read more

Yoga, Tai Chi & Teachers

Workshops at the CEA Summer Conference help members learn more about leadership roles in the union and how to improve their craft as education professionals. This year one session also addressed the constant stress many teachers are facing.

“The number one thing that we see when we meet with teachers these days is an incredibly high level of stress,” says CEA UniServ Rep Mike Casey, a co-presenter of the workshop.

CEA UniServ Rep Mike Casey leads members in trying out some yoga poses.

A poll of teachers out this week from PDK found that 50 percent have seriously considered leaving the profession, and one of the top reasons teachers site for wanting to leave is the stress, pressure, and burnout associated with the job. Read more

Teachers Refresh and Reflect at CEA Summer Conference

From negotiations to teacher evaluation to citizen lobbying and much more, more than 500 CEA members took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their union and their profession at the CEA Summer Conference this Monday and Tuesday.

A large group of Windsor Education Association members attended this year’s CEA Summer Conference.

“Everything was a 10—the professional development was top notch,” says Avon Education Association President Jonathan Moss.

“I am going to be a building rep for the first time this year and came to the Summer Conference for free training on what to do. It was awesome,” says East Windsor teacher Stephanie Schneider. Read more

State Treasurer Applauds Educators, Outlines Teacher Retirement Plan at CEA Summer Conference

“A profession as noble as teaching deserves retirement security,” State Treasurer Shawn Wooden told hundreds of Connecticut public school teachers...

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Join Team CEF at the Hartford Marathon and Save $5 on Race Entry!

Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up by September 15 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!

Register with CEF’s official charity promo code, CHARITYCEF19.

CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession. Read more

Read All the Latest from CEA in the Online Summer Edition of the CEA Advisor

The Summer 2019 issue of the CEA Advisor is now online! This issue is published online only and will not be mailed to your home. Be sure to take advantage of hot summer savings for teachers at Six Flags, Red Sox, Yankees, UConn football, and more; squeeze in a good book; and check out these and other stories.

#StrongPublicSchools, Election 2020 Focus of NEA RA

More than 100 CEA members traveled to Texas to strengthen their ranks, mobilize for public education, and elect education-friendly leaders.


Golf Tournament Supports Children’s Fund

Teachers teed off and scored big wins for students at the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 25th annual Hands Across the Green tournament.
 

The Absence of Play

Educators and administrators talk about what’s missing in many of today’s classrooms, as well as how—and why—to bring it back.
 
 

Connecticut’s New Education Commissioner

“Energetic, progressive, and collaborative” is how CEA President Jeff Leake describes the former Meriden teacher tapped to lead the State Department of Education.