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Documentary Assists Teachers in Helping Students Dealing with Trauma

Toxic stress in childhood can lead to all sorts of negative outcomes later in life. Abuse, neglect, witnessing violent events, prolonged hunger, and more can wreak havoc on children’s developing brains, putting them at an increased risk for many types of disease, as well as homelessness, addiction, and incarceration

Teachers today are seeing more violent outbursts, withdrawn behaviors, and other possible symptoms of exposure to toxic stress—and they want to know what they can do to help.

Bloomfield teachers had the opportunity to watch the documentary Resilience recently. To watch the film and hold a facilitated discussion in your local, contact CEA at

CEA has purchased copies of the movie Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope so that local associations can learn more about the effects of toxic stress on children as well as ways to protect children from those devastating effects. CEA trainers are available to facilitate discussions following the movie so that members can have open and honest discussions about the sometimes troubling content of the film.

After a recent screening for all educators during a PD day in Bloomfield, teachers gathered in school-based groups to discuss their reactions and ideas for how to help students.

“This is my second time seeing the film,” Bloomfield Education Association President Susan Sumberg told her Laurel Elementary School colleagues. “The first time I watched it the correlation between toxic childhood stress and heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments really surprised me.” Read more

Teachers Talk. Education Commissioner Listens.

When new and experienced educators stepped up to the microphone to talk about underresourced schools, overtested students, and dysregulated behavior in classrooms...

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Wellness Workshop Helps Teachers Recognize, Address Their Students’ Stress—and Their Own


Bloomfield teachers Rose Rose and Despina Strombolis were among dozens of participants in a wellness workshop organized by their local association, thanks to a grant from CEA.

As the number of students dealing with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has increased, so has the incidence and severity of disruptive behaviors in classrooms. And that, experts say, has led to tremendous secondary stress for teachers. In fact, teacher stress levels have ratcheted up in recent years because of a number of factors—something that CEA has teamed up with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to study in a statewide survey of educators.

“We are seeing it here,” says Bloomfield fifth-grade teacher Mary Kay Rendock, “and my colleagues around the state are seeing it as well.”

“Teaching has always been a stressful profession, but in recent years it has become even more so,” CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field explains. Read more

Reading Bus Brings the Joy of Reading Home to Connecticut Students


Fourth-grade teacher Tracy Doyle (far left) says CEF’s Reading Bus Tour is a great way of getting students to keep reading.

“This motivates me to read more,” said Dayana Yanes, aboard a big blue bus parked outside Mayberry Elementary School this morning.

The East Hartford fourth-grader was one of dozens of students at her school who boarded the colorful Read Across America bus to hear You Will Change the World One Day, June Peters’ story of a ten-year-old girl whose heart leads her to help a stranger, and then an entire community. The guest reader was Tom Nicholas, president of the Connecticut Education Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Connecticut Education Association. CEF sponsors the literacy extravaganza with partners iHeartRadio and the National Education Association.

“It was a really nice story that teaches us to be kind to each other,” said Dayana, who herself reads to a younger sibling at home. “And the bus is great!”

The customized, 38-foot schoolbus—decorated with Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books—is the centerpiece of CEF’s annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour. The third annual bus tour rolls into eight eastern Connecticut schools in five towns this year to bring the joy of reading to hundreds of students in urban, suburban, and rural districts. Read more

Classrooms in Crisis: A Conversation with Commissioner Miguel Cardona

Join us on March 5 and share with Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona what you are experiencing regarding student trauma and disruptive student behaviors in your school. Attend CEA’s forum with the commissioner where you can speak out and support your colleagues.

We need to ensure that students in crisis get the help they need and classrooms are safe learning environments. Topics to be discussed include disruptive behavior, staff ratios, class size, caseload limits, kindergarten start age, excessive testing, and more.

We hope you will join us for this important event and speak out or attend to support your colleagues.

Register now.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Sheraton Hartford South, Rocky Hill

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner begins at 4:00 p.m.
Forum 5:30-7 p.m.

Register for the CEA Early Career Educators Conference

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 (and experienced) teachers to gather insights and advice at our annual conference for early career educators. The conference will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Mystic Marriott in Groton.


The conference is free and open to members only, and participants may choose from more than a dozen timely workshops to help hone their skills—from managing behavior, developing data-based interventions, and supporting struggling readers to streamlining grading time, acing your evaluation, and planning for retirement.

The half-day conference includes continental breakfast and lunch.

View the conference agenda.


Learn About Social Emotional Learning at Book Talks with Dr. Marc Brackett

Dr. Marc Brackett is the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the author of Permission to Feel.

CEA is partnering with Dr. Marc Brackett, author, professor, and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, to offer CEA members two free book talks on his latest book, Permission to Feel.

Dr. Brackett will discuss the critical role social emotional learning plays in improving children’s academic outcomes, enhancing their health and well-being, and promoting long-term benefits such as success in college and career.

Register now.

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Encouraging the Next Generation of Teachers

CEA President Jeff Leake introduces himself to members of the CEA Aspiring Educators Program.

It was a busy night at CEA Headquarters on Friday, with meetings being held for both CEA’s Board of Directors and CEA’s Aspiring Educators Program. It was the perfect opportunity for Board of Directors members, many of whom are long-time CEA members, to share with soon-to-be educators their experiences of union involvement.

Veteran CEA members know all that their union has to offer and want to make sure new and aspiring educators are aware of the many valuable resources to help them succeed in the classroom—and collectively with their colleagues as advocates for students, public schools, and the teaching profession.

The CEA Aspiring Educators Program is prospective educators’ first introduction into what, for many, becomes a lifetime of CEA membership.

Made up of students from colleges and universities around the state who are pursuing education degrees, the CEA Aspiring Educators Program offers unique opportunities in professional development, community outreach, leadership, and networking as a means of supporting future teachers’ preparation and entry into the teaching profession.

CEA Negotiations Conference Is February 1: Register Now

Learn new strategies to bring to the bargaining table to boost your salary and benefits at CEA’s Negotiations Conference on Saturday, February 1.

You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state and take part in sessions that will give you the tools and expertise you need for a better contract.

Sessions cover everything from working with your board of education to expanding your impact through social media and bargaining for the common good. See the complete agenda here. This event is free for CEA members, and lunch is included.

Register now.

Winter County Forums Starting Soon!

CEA’s second round of 2019-2020 county forum meetings runs January 28 through February 19.

Meet with your colleagues and local union leaders to hear about issues impacting education and your profession, and learn how you can advocate for yourself, your students, and public education.

Attend a CEA county forum near you, and encourage your colleagues to join you. Click here for dates, locations, and more information.