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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

How You Can Stay #UnionStrong in Response to Janus

If you're looking for more information on how to protect your rights, advocate for your profession, and thrive as a union member in the Janus era, register for the CEA Summer Conference this August 6-7...

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CEA Members Inspired by Former Political Prisoner’s Commitment to Students

Bahrain teacher

Bahrain Teachers’ Association Vice President Jalila Al-Salman shared her story with CEA members.

Standing up for students and the teaching profession is central to what it means to be a teacher, but in some places around the world, it can land you in prison.

That’s what happened to Jalila Al-Salman a Bahraini teacher and vice president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA), who is currently a guest of the CEA delegation to the NEA Representative Assembly (RA).

In 2011, Sl-Salman helped to organize teacher strikes through the BTA in support of pro-democracy protests that were part of the international Arab Spring. She and other educators demanded reforms to Bahrain’s educational system, and advocated an end to the killing and suppression of protestors—a large percentage of whom were students. Read more

Teachers Stand Strong With Their Union in Minneapolis

Bridgeport teachers Ana Batista and Tiffany Ladson Lang are just two of the more than 100 CEA members representing their colleagues in Minneapolis this week.

In her keynote address to open the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) today, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told the more than 6,000 educators gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center, “These are dark days, but Martin Luther King reminded us, ‘…only when it’s dark enough can you see the stars.’ And we have seen true stars align. We have seen the people march and speak up and refuse to be silent and refuse to pretend; we have seen the resistance rise.”

This RA is taking place in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, a case bankrolled by corporate interests, which seeks to weaken labor unions and steal the voice of students and teachers. However the Janus case isn’t the only attack educators have been uniting against recently. Read more

Connecticut Teachers Join National Colleagues for 2018 NEA RA

The Minneapolis Convention Center is ready to officially welcome over 6,000 educator delegates to the NEA RA.

Some of your Connecticut colleagues are in Minneapolis this week as members of the world’s largest democratic deliberative body: the NEA Representative Assembly (RA). The more than 100 CEA members are some of the over 6,000 elected delegates who are representing their colleagues around the nation.

Delegates are more energized than ever as they begin today to set education policy just days after the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision that sided with corporate interests over working people, threatening the future of workers’ rights.

Educators from every state come together to address how the membership will stand together to build an even stronger union in the wake of Janus and tackle the major issues facing public school students and educators. Read more

Join Team CEF for the 2018 Eversource Hartford Marathon

Darien teacher Katy Gale running the 2016 Hartford Marathon for Team CEF.

Teachers are in it for the long run and in it for the students. And nowhere is that clearer than in the annual Eversource Hartford Marathon, where teachers run, donate, and volunteer to help children in need.

Join the fun this year and support Team CEF on race day—Saturday, October 13. You don’t have to be a runner to be part of the excitement. Volunteers are needed to staff tents, hand out water, and more, and donations to the Connecticut Education Foundation are always welcome. Read more

Hit the Links for Underprivileged Students

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

The 24th annual Hands Across the Green golf tournament—Monday, July 16, 2018, 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.

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 last year. Since its inception in 1994, Hands Across the Green has raised nearly $700,000 for children across the state.

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

Watch: Teachers Share Why Bridgeport Strike Still Relevant Today

What do the events of 40 years ago have to do with teachers’ lives today? A lot, it turns out.

Active and retired teachers who gathered this May to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Bridgeport Teachers Strike reflected on how the lessons from the strike are still very relevant to teachers today. As teachers work to ensure the best for their students and keep the teaching profession strong, the motto of the strikers, “We stick together,” is still crucial today to ensuring success.


Come to the CEA Summer Conference This August

Across the country, teachers have lost their rights to bargain for decent salaries, benefits, and working conditions. Some groups are working to take away those basic rights from Connecticut teachers, too. Learn how to protect your rights and why standing united is more important than ever at the CEA Summer Conference this August.

This year’s conference is being held at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell, August 6-7, and is focused on organizing, working conditions, and member engagement. Participants can choose one workshop that takes place over the two days on topics from addressing aggressive student behavior to negotiations to being an advocate for your profession. In addition, all participants will receive training on member engagement, signing up members, and action planning.

Learn more and register to attend.

Teachers Elect New Leaders

In contested races, 428 teacher delegates elected a new president, Jeff Leake, and vice president, Tom Nicholas, to lead the Connecticut Education Association for the next three years. The election took place on May 19 at the 170th CEA Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The president and vice president’s three-year terms begin July 15.


Current CEA Vice President Jeff Leake and Treasurer Tom Nicholas were voted CEA President and Vice President at the CEA RA today.

In addition, in uncontested races, delegates elected directors to represent them on the NEA Board of Directors. Vernon teacher David Jedidian was elected NEA director, and Tara Flaherty, a teacher at Shepaug Valley School in Washington, was elected NEA director alternate. Their three-year terms begin September 1.

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