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All Aboard: Reading Bus Celebrates Literacy at Connecticut Schools

The Connecticut Education Foundation kicked off its second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour February 25 at Moriarty Magnet School in Norwich.

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Encouraging the Love of Reading With CEF’s 2nd Annual Reading Bus Tour

Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 6.07.56 PMThe second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour will be heading off across Eastern Connecticut on February 25 for a week full of visits to elementary schools. Over 1,000 fourth graders will get to board the bus for read alouds and hands-on activities, and will receive book bags, school supplies, and free books.

CEA Vice President and Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) President Tom Nicholas joined iHeart Radio’s Renee DeNino recently to talk about the bus tour and the importance of reading in children’s lives. Listen to the interview here. Read more

Quality Professional Development for You From CEA

The CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities, aligned with Connecticut’s professional learning standards, to improve teaching practice and enhance student learning.

CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field leads a teacher evaluation workshop.

Through the CEA Professional Learning Academy, members can attend free workshops, conferences, and trainings developed by experienced educators, administrators, and experts in law and special education. CEA is a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

CEA offers workshops and seminars on dozens of topics, including  Read more

At Early Leadership Institute, Teachers Hone Leadership, Professional Skills

More than 40 early-career educators from Bridgeport, Manchester, Stamford, and Waterbury gathered for a kickoff meeting of the Early Leadership Institute (ELI), a program of the National Education Association, CEA, and the Center for Great Public Schools.

More than 40 teachers from four districts convened in Norwalk with CEA staff and leaders to begin forging a path to educational leadership. See more photos.

Teacher fellows were joined by CEA staff, including UniServ representatives, as well as their local association presidents—all there to work on developing stronger public schools and greater teacher leadership capacity within those schools. Read more

CEA Awards Recognize Education, Communications Excellence

2018 CEA Newsletter and Website Award winners were honored at the Representative Assembly in May.

Each year, CEA recognizes local associations, individual members, and community stakeholders who make the teaching profession shine. Awards and grants are given for best local association website and newsletter, outstanding teaching professionals and advocates, new public relations projects, best media coverage, and more.

The annual competitions are open to all local associations across the state, and the deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday, February 22, 2019. Award winners will be recognized at the CEA Representative Assembly in May.

Nominating yourself, your local association, or a colleague is easy. Learn more about the following awards: Read more

CEA Members Join Labor Community at Hartford Women’s March

“We’re your sisters, your brothers, your sons, and your daughters. Treat us like family,” sang labor union members who came together for a choir performance at the Women’s March in Hartford last Saturday.

The song they sang, which focuses on the need to raise the minimum wage and treat workers fairly, was written by Bridgeport music teacher Sheena Graham, Connecticut’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.

Members of the labor choir, Solidarity Singers, performed a song written by Bridgeport teacher Sheena Graham (center) at the Women’s March in Hartford on Saturday.

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All Members Invited to Upcoming CEA Meetings

CEA members at a 2018 county meeting.

CEA’s next round of county forum meetings runs January 28 – February 12. 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.

Teddy Bears on Ice Benefit Connecticut Students

When the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team scored their first goal of the night Friday, amid the usual cheers of the hometown crowd, hundreds of teddy bears rained down onto the ice. The Sound Tigers have sponsored teddy bear tosses in the past, but this year, for the first time, the bears are going to children sponsored through the CEF Holiday Bear Project.

“It was a lot of fun. Fans were excited about the bear toss,” said CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, who serves as president of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF).

Even though the Sound Tigers ended up losing 3-2 to the Hartford Wolf Pack, the teddy bear toss warmed fans’ hearts.

“We’re very grateful that the Sound Tigers are donating the more than 300 bears they received to our Holiday Bear project,” Nicholas said. Some fans brought new teddy bears they had purchased elsewhere, and others bought bears at the game.

Nicholas had a booth at the game and explained to fans that the Holiday Bear project delivers gifts and holiday cheer to Connecticut’s neediest children—students who have been nominated by teachers aware of their families’ needs.

There’s still time to sponsor a child. Find out how you can help by purchasing gifts or sending in a monetary donation.

New Member Benefit: Help with Student Loans, Credit Card Debt

Cambridge Credit Counseling Student Loan Counseling Manager Gordon Oliver and CEA Educational Issues Specialist Michele O’Neill talked with CEA members at a recent Degrees Not Debt workshop.

Connecticut has the highest average student loan debt of any state in the nation at $38,510, according to a recent analysis. That’s why CEA has partnered with Cambridge Credit Counseling to help members get back on solid financial ground.

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Cambridge Credit Counseling is a nonprofit agency that can help CEA members learn about eliminating student loan debt by reducing payments or taking advantage of loan forgiveness plans that many borrowers are unaware of. Cambridge Credit Counseling will identify all the repayment programs available to you based on your unique situation. Read more

Jahana Hayes Delivers Inspiring Message at CEA’s New Teacher Conference

“You chose this profession because you wanted to make a difference, and that means standing on the front lines for democracy,” CEA President Jeff Leake told nearly 200 educators gathered for CEA’s 18th annual New Teacher Conference on Saturday. “It means protecting education for the common good; keeping schools safe for our students; fighting discrimination; and resisting political interference into our classrooms while acknowledging that politics affects our work, our livelihood, our communities, and our planet. Because we are on the front lines for democracy, we will always rise to our duty to educate for democracy, stimulate critical thinking, and shape global citizens.”

2016 National Teacher of the Year and Congressional Candidate Jahana Hayes gives the keynote address at CEA’s New Teacher Conference.

Pointing to a “CEA Stronger Together” button he wears every day, Leake added, “This reminds us that our collective voice is so much more powerful than just one voice and that the best way to improve the fate of our students, our profession, and our communities is through the collective action of democratic, independent unions.” Read more