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New Teachers in Your Building? Invite them to CEA’s New Teacher Conference, Oct. 20

The first years in a classroom are some of the most exciting and memorable in a teacher’s career—as well as the most challenging.

CEA invites new teachers to gather insights and advice at our annual conference for early-career educators. Participants may choose from 10 timely workshops to help hone their skills—from creating a culturally responsive classroom to managing behavior and acing their evaluation.

The half-day conference is $20 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information and to register, click here.

CEA Teacher Appreciation Day at UConn Football

Don’t miss the first-ever CEA Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 27, as the UConn Huskies face the UMass Minutemen at Rentschler Field!

Get your choice of discounted seats at www.uconnhuskies.com. Click Tickets, then Promo Codes. Enter CEA, and your discount will automatically apply. You may also call 860-486-8189 or email robert.luden@uconn.edu. Mention that you are a CEA member and receive $15 second-level end zone seats or $30 seats in the lower sidelines.

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 CEA and California Casualty.

The tailgate is free, but you must register in advance to reserve your spots. Go to cea.org/mb.

Come Run (or Just Have Fun) with Us at the Hartford Marathon!

2017 team CEF runners included (L-R) Mark, Melissa, and Dallas Janick; Liz Reed-Swale, Katy Gale, Neil Shilansky, Stephanie Wanzer, Jeff Leake, and Marty Deren.

Connecticut teachers will be among the thousands of runners, donors, and volunteers at this year’s Eversource Hartford Marathon on Saturday, October 13.

Join the fun and support Team CEF by running the race, helping with concessions, or contributing to the cause. The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) helps teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships and provides scholarships for students planning teaching careers. This is CEF’s fifth year as an official charity of the marathon.

To run the race (marathon, half-marathon, or 5K), donate, or lend a hand, contact marypats@cea.org.

This is the CEF’s fifth year as an Official Charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon. The Foundation is CEA’s charitable arm and helps teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships as well as students planning teaching careers.

CEA Retirement Workshop Coming to a School Near You

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.

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 each workshop will run from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Retired Teachers Urged to Speak Up and Vote

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown told retired teachers, “This is an extremely important election.”

“Today is a very special day—not only because we’re here together in an air conditioned space instead of in a hot and humid classroom,” CEA President Jeff Leake told members of CEA-Retired, who had gathered for their annual fall conference on an especially hot and stifling September 6. “Today is a particularly special day for us to commemorate because, 40 years ago on the first day of school, only 36 of Bridgeport’s 1,247 teachers showed up for work.”

Leake continued, “Let us remember today what those striking Bridgeport teachers did for this union and teachers across the state. They stood strong, supported by our members from across the state. They were stronger together, and they did not give up.” Read more

A Warm Waterbury Welcome for New Teachers

“Welcome, all of you,” Waterbury Teachers’ Association (WTA) President Kevin Egan greeted more than 60 new teachers during an orientation program earlier today. “Waterbury is a great district to work in, and you have a strong WTA union here at your disposal.”

Waterbury Teachers Association President and CEA Treasurer Kevin Egan talks with new Waterbury teachers this morning at an orientation at Waterbury Career Academy.

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Teachers Support Teacher Running for Congress

“Jahana Hayes is someone who is not just pro-teacher but has a hands-on understanding of what goes into our profession, the things we need to be successful, and the challenges we face. She has the ability to be really advantageous for us,” says Zach Blain, an East Haddam teacher and the president of his local association.

Blain was among a group of CEA members learning about political activism and organizing at CEA’s Summer Conference this year. The group learned the ins and outs of advocating for pro-public education candidates when they went door knocking for Hayes, a former CEA member and the 2016 National Teacher of the Year. CEA has endorsed Hayes, who is running for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District.

Summer Conference attendees Fairfield teacher Marion Richards, Portland teacher Jerome Manning, Glastonbury teacher Miles Lubben, and CREC teacher Jesecia Miller visited CEA members who live in Cheshire this week to get the word out about Jahana Hayes, the Waterbury teacher and 2016 National Teacher of the Year who is running for Congress.

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CEA Summer Conference, Day Two: The Deep Dive

John Mastroianni and Tiffany Reynolds

Trumbull Education Association President John Mastroianni and Tolland teacher Tiffany Reynolds exchange ideas at CEA’s Summer Conference.

Energy levels remain high on day two of CEA’s Summer Conference, where hundreds of teachers have reconvened in Cromwell for intensive training, networking, and the sharing of ideas, concerns, and best practices.

“This is my second time attending,” says Tolland teacher Tiffany Reynolds. “The first time was last year, as an emerging leader. Since then, I’ve worked on two grievances, and I’m here to learn how to do that more effectively so that I can be the best advocate for my colleagues.” Read more

Teachers Hit the Links to Raise Money for Students in Need

More than 200 Connecticut teachers, supporters, and CEA staff hit the links at Glastonbury Hills Country Club yesterday as part of CEA’s largest fundraiser of the year to benefit public school students in need.

The Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) 24th annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament raised thousands of dollars for The Children’s Fund, which provides eyeglasses, clothing, school supplies, and many other essentials for disadvantaged children throughout the state—as well as multiple scholarships and the Edward J. Boland Financial Assistance Fund, which helps teachers facing extraordinary hardships.

Throughout the year, teachers turn to CEF to request money for essential items for students or colleagues experiencing significant financial hardships.

CEA President Jeff Leake and CEA Vice President and new CEF President Tom Nicholas kick off the 24th annual Hands Across the Green golf fundraiser.

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CEA Member Appreciation Days at the Hartford Yard Goats Coming Up Soon!

Back by popular demand, the Hartford Yard Goats are holding two more CEA Teacher Appreciation Days this baseball season—Friday, July 27 and Friday, August 24—with discounted tickets and fireworks after each game. Incoming CEA President Jeff Leake will throw out the first pitch at the July 27 game.

TOMORROW is the last day to buy tickets for the July 27 game—so don’t wait!

Come out to cheer on the home team and enjoy special recognition for CEA member teachers and fireworks after the game.

  • Friday, July 27, at 7:05 PM vs. the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
  • Friday, August 24, at 7:05 PM vs. the Trenton Thunder