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Ellington Teachers Strengthen Connections, Build Union’s Future

CEA President Sheila Cohen (center) joined members of the Ellington Education Association including Vice President Amy Bernabe and President Mark Mahler for the union’s fall social.

Sometimes teachers only think about their union when it comes to matters governed by their contract, but leaders of the Ellington Education Association (EEA) are trying to change that.

“We don’t want to just be ghostbusters—the people you call when there’s a problem,” says President Mark Mahler. “A union should be a big group that supports each other, united by a common cause.”

That’s why EEA is giving members an opportunity to relax and get to know one another better. EEA held its first social of the year at the City Sports Grille in Vernon. Read more

Big Reveal: CEA Student Members Spruce Up East Hartford School

22730137_10208184110400822_5421477818806317322_n“How beautiful!” “This is so awesome!” Teachers at Langford Elementary School in East Hartford sounded like participants on an HGTV home renovation show when they walked into their staff room last Monday—but it wasn’t a team of reality show stars that had made the changes possible. It was more than 40 college students, members of the CEA Student Program.

“They were awesome and so energetic,” says East Hartford Education Association President and Langford teacher Annie Irvine, who joined the students for the weekend school beautification project. “The students worked really hard, and spent a long, full day at our school. Our custodian was really impressed by them, their work ethic, and how hard they were working to make the staff lounge a better, more inviting space.” Read more

Don’t Be Left in the Dark

A great deal is happening at both the state and federal levels that impacts the teaching profession and your work with students.

Learn how you can get involved in the union to advocate for teachers, students, and public education. CEA members are stronger together. Unite in support of our students, our profession, and our union.

Click here to register for a County Forum near you.

Waterbury Teachers Welcome New Colleagues

CEA President Sheila Cohen (at right) and CEA Executive Director Don Williams spoke with Waterbury teachers at a recent social organized by the Waterbury Teachers Association.

More than 400 Waterbury teachers attended a new teacher social Friday, to welcome new colleagues to the district. The new teacher social is held every year as an ice breaker to introduce the district’s new educators to the Waterbury Teachers’ Association and its members.

“It brings everyone together and shows our unity and how we can support each other,” said Waterbury Teachers Association President Kevin Egan. “It’s all about camaraderie. Our members get to meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends, in a social, relaxing atmosphere.”

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Wallingford Teacher’s STEM Enrichment Program Receives $100,000 Grant

NEA Foundation President and CEO Harriet Sanford, Wallingford Education Association President Louis Faiella, CEA President Sheila Cohen, and Wallingford teacher Christopher Stone.

When Pond Hill Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Christopher Stone founded the CT STEM Academy in Wallingford in 2012, he got a big assist from his state teachers union. The Connecticut Education Association provided a two-year, $10,000 grant to launch his after-school enrichment program, which, over the last five years, has opened the eyes of more than 15,000 students and their families to STEM skills and careers.

Recently, Stone and his colleagues scored another big win for their students when AT&T made a $100,000 contribution to the NEA Foundation to continue supporting the STEM Academy.

“CEA gave us funding to really build our base,” said Stone, thanking CEA President Sheila Cohen and Wallingford Education Association President Louis Faiella for “entertaining my ideas that were really outside the box.” Read more

CEA Retirement Workshops Coming to a School Near You

Want to learn more about planning for retirement? Comprehensive CEA workshops held around the state cover all issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System, such as retirement eligibility, purchasing additional service, how Social Security may be affected, retiree health insurance, and choosing a retirement plan.

CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho will cover a wide range of issues and offer time for questions following the presentation. The workshops are held at various locations around the state throughout the fall and in the early spring.

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

Click here for more information and to register for a workshop.

It’s Time to Set Your SLO: Here’s What You Need to Know

CEA is offering an interactive workshop on teacher evaluation free to members this September and October. This ninety-minute workshop is being offered in locations around the state to allow as many members as possible to benefit from this valuable information and have their questions answered.

Register for a workshop.

When it comes to teacher evaluation, choosing the appropriate student learning objective (SLO) is likely one of the most important decisions teachers make over the course of a school year. Not only are SLOs weighted more than any other single part of a teacher’s summative rating, they also have a profound impact on the learning opportunities students will experience and the expectations they will face. Read more

Teachers Reaching Out to Teachers

East Hartford teacher Tracey Lafayette door-knocked in North Haven yesterday with Pennsylvania UniServ Rep Justin Battalini (at left) and Massachusetts Regional Manager Victor Rosado.

What’s the biggest issue in your school or district for you as a teacher? How can your union help support you?

These were some of the questions posed to CEA members in New Haven County yesterday afternoon and evening as teacher union members and staff knocked on doors at educators’ homes.

Members and staff from NEA affiliates around the Northeast are gathered in New Haven this week for an organizing institute. The institute focuses on helping emerging leaders gain skills to build relationships and strengthen their local Associations. Door-knocking at CEA members’ homes was both a way to practice those new skills and find out what’s on teachers minds as they prepare to head back to school shortly.

CEA members and staff discuss what they learned from members while door-knocking.

Though the institute ends tomorrow, the focus on organizing for locals here in Connecticut continues. Local leaders who have held one-on-one conversations with members have found them to be a very effective way to gather information, identify teachers’ concerns, and ultimately effect positive change for members.

If your local Association is interested in organizing training, or any other training from CEA, contact your local president or UniServ Representative.

Calling All Local Association Treasurers & Membership Chairs!

The work of treasurers and membership chairs is vital to every local Association—and these aren’t easy jobs. CEA will provide important information and support for ALL treasurers and membership chairs through free workshops being held around the state in August and September.

These workshops, led by CEA Director of Finance Janet Streckfus, will cover membership processing procedures, special services, and treasurers’ responsibilities—including dues obligation/transmittal, tax filing obligations, and agency fee issues.

Click here to register for one of the following workshops.

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 1:00 pm – CEA Headquarters , Hartford CT
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 3:30 pm – Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, CT
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017, 3:30 pm  –  CEA Headquarters, Hartford CT
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 3:30 pm – Crystal Peak, Winchester CT
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017, 3:30 pm – Trumbull Marriott, Trumbull CT



New at Summer Leadership: Mini Sessions


Cheshire 30-year veteran teacher Tracy Ajello and Torrington teacher Michael McCotter, entering his fourth year, practice broaching tough topics in the mini session Difficult Discussions.

Sometimes good things come in small packages—and that was the case on the final day of CEA’s 2017 Summer Leadership Conference. Day 3 featured a packed morning and afternoon of 90-minute workshops on a wide range of topics, including student debt, teacher evaluations, educator autonomy, culturally competent schools, adult learning theory, engaging members in political campaigns, trauma-informed practices, legal rights in the special education process, Section 504, and more.

“It’s my first time at Summer Leadership, and I just came for the day of mini sessions,” said North Haven teacher Jennifer Frederick. “I’m especially interested in new laws and policies affecting our classrooms. As a regular education teacher with special education students in my classroom, I’m also seeking support in that area as well as using Google apps in my classroom—which is covered in one of the sessions I signed up for.” Read more