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A Day of Fellowship Raises Funds for Children in Need

Hundreds of CT teachers, supporters, and CEA staff took part in the 25th annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament—the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) fundraiser...

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CEA Members Head to Houston to Represent CT Colleagues

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown, CEA President Jeff Leake, and CEA-Aspiring Educators Chair Katie Grant are ready for the NEA RA.

CEA members are trading warm Connecticut temperatures for the truly hot weather of Houston this week—all in the name of representing their fellow teachers at the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA).

More than 100 CEA members are joining the nearly 7,000 elected delegates who are representing their colleagues around the nation. The world’s largest deliberative body is meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center this year.

A highlights of this year’s RA will be a Presidential Forum from 3-5 p.m. EDT on July 5, where a number of 2020 presidential candidates will answer questions submitted by NEA members about the future of public education. Confirmed attendees include former Vice President Joe Biden, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Sen. Kamala Harris, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Read more

CEA Members Promote Diversity, Equity in the Teaching Profession

Studies show that students of all backgrounds, but especially students of color, benefit from learning from teachers of color. CEA has several ongoing initiatives to support diversifying the teaching profession and the union, and a recent event gave CEA members the chance to make inroads on both fronts.

CEA EMAC members Bridgeport teacher Mia Dimbo, Bloomfield teacher Glenn Spencer, and retired Hebron teacher Althea Carr talked with educators at a networking session at a recent conference.

Members of CEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission (EMAC) staffed a table during the networking portion of a conference on diversity, inclusion, and equity in the school workforce in order to have conversations with active and aspiring educators about CEA and EMAC. The conference, organized by the Connecticut Alliance of Regional Educational Service Centers, was open to all members of Connecticut’s education community. Read more

Is a Marathon on Your Bucket List?

Darien teacher Katy Gale runs the Hartford Half Marathon for Team CEF

With summer vacation around the bend, it’s a great time to think about checking off an item or two on your bucket list. If running a road race is one of those goals—and even if it’s not!—consider joining teachers from across the state as they prepare to run or volunteer for Team CEF at the Eversource Hartford Marathon on October 12.

Supporting the work of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm, Team CEF 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 seventh 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.

Interested in running? Save $5 on the registration fee at www.hartfordmarathon.com when you enter discount code CHARITYCEF19.

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

Hit the Links for Underprivileged Students

Get into the swing of things with a charity fundraiser that helps some of those nearest and dearest to your heart: your students!

The 25th annual Hands Across the Green golf tournament—Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club—is the largest fundraiser of the year for CEA’s charitable arm, the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF). All proceeds support the Children’s Fund, which provides essentials such as clothes, eyeglasses, medicine, and school supplies for children in need.

View the 2019 Tournament Brochure.

Every school district, even in the most affluent community, has students who lack some of the resources they need, and CEF—through events like the annual golf tournament—provides a helping hand. Often, CEF steps in to assist families in an emergency, such as a South Windsor family who lost most of their possessions in a fire. Since its inception in 1994, Hands Across the Green has raised over $700,000 for children across the state.

Click here for more information about participating in the tournament or donating to CEF.

CEA Summer Conference Registration Is Open

This year’s CEA Summer Conference has something for everyone. The 29 training options include everything from negotiations to understanding your pension to using meditation, mindfulness, and yoga to let go of your stress.

The conference will be held August 5-6, 2019, at Mohegan Sun.

Register on the CEA website, and view the brochure for a description of the training options.

 Attendance is FREE. Registration includes:

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CEA-Retired Members Elect New Leaders, Commit to Continued Activism

Elections and activism took center stage at today’s CEA-Retired meeting at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, where members voted for leaders to represent them and learned more about federal and state policy issues facing educators.

At today’s meeting, CEA-Retired members elected Mary-Beth Lang as treasurer, Bill Murray as president, Gloria Brown as vice president, and Karen DiMenna as secretary.

CEA-Retired members elected William Murray, currently CEA-Retired vice president, president. He succeeds Gloria Brown who was unable to run again due to term limits. Brown was voted in as CEA-Retired vice president, Karen DiMenna will serve as secretary for another three years, and Mary-Beth Lang was elected treasurer. Read more

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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Norwich Teachers Rally Before Budget Hearing

DSC_2803After a city official disparaged public schools as “subsidized taxpayer-funded day care,” Norwich teachers, parents, and other school supporters turned out at a rally to set the record straight and demand a fair budget for their students’ education. The rally was held Monday night, prior to a budget hearing at Norwich City Hall.

Councilwoman Joanne Philbrick’s recent characterization of public schools as “day care,” along with other controversial comments she made about support services children receive at school, were met with widespread criticism, as was the city council’s 4-3 vote to strike down a school budget increase. Read more

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