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Happy Holidays From CEA

CEA President Jeff Leake, Vice President Tom Nicholas, Secretary Stephanie Wanzer, and Treasurer David Jedidan—and all of us at CEA—wish you happy holidays and a wonderful 2020.

Let’s Celebrate Teachers and Public Education This American Education Week

This week, American Education Week 2019, presents all Americans with the perfect opportunity to celebrate public education and honor educators and everyone else who ensures that every child receives a quality education. Watch the video message below from CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas.

3 Things to Know from CEA Meeting With DCF Commissioner

Monday night marked the start of a promising new relationship between Connecticut educators and the Department of Children and Families as DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes and several of her...

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Wishing You a Great School Year!

Students and teachers are back to school this week in districts around Connecticut. A new year represents a myriad of new opportunities, but also new challenges—and CEA stands with you every step of the way.

Watch this 2019 back-to-school message from Cheshire teacher and CEA President Jeff Leake.

State Treasurer Applauds Educators, Outlines Teacher Retirement Plan at CEA Summer Conference

Speaking at the CEA Summer Conference, State Treasurer Shawn Wooden tells Connecticut teachers, “A profession as noble as teaching deserves retirement security.”

“A profession as noble as teaching deserves retirement security,” State Treasurer Shawn Wooden told hundreds of Connecticut public school teachers this morning, to resounding applause. “I support you, the hard work you do every day, the strength you bring to the classroom, the minds you are shaping, and the promise of what we are working together to achieve.”

Wooden, whose plan to stabilize Connecticut’s teacher retirement fund was a crucial victory for teachers and taxpayers this past legislative session, gave the keynote address this morning at CEA’s Summer Conference, where more than 500 educators gathered for two days of networking and professional development.

“Thanks to the plan crafted and promoted by State Treasurer Wooden and championed by CEA, the long-term solvency of the teacher retirement fund is secure,” said CEA President Jeff Leake.

“For decades, the state underfunded teacher pensions, putting educators’ retirement at risk, but Treasurer Wooden had the foresight and a sound proposal to set things right for educators today and into the future.”

Leake called upon teachers to continue building relationships with elected officials and others.

“It’s about strengthening our profession and continuing to influence positive change. Our union demands it.” Read more

Read All the Latest from CEA in the Online Summer Edition of the CEA Advisor

The Summer 2019 issue of the CEA Advisor is now online! This issue is published online only and will not be mailed to your home. Be sure to take advantage of hot summer savings for teachers at Six Flags, Red Sox, Yankees, UConn football, and more; squeeze in a good book; and check out these and other stories.

#StrongPublicSchools, Election 2020 Focus of NEA RA

More than 100 CEA members traveled to Texas to strengthen their ranks, mobilize for public education, and elect education-friendly leaders.

Golf Tournament Supports Children’s Fund

Teachers teed off and scored big wins for students at the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 25th annual Hands Across the Green tournament.

The Absence of Play

Educators and administrators talk about what’s missing in many of today’s classrooms, as well as how—and why—to bring it back.

Connecticut’s New Education Commissioner

“Energetic, progressive, and collaborative” is how CEA President Jeff Leake describes the former Meriden teacher tapped to lead the State Department of Education.

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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At Representative Assembly, CEA President’s Message Focuses on Strength in Solidarity, Diversity

The 171st CEA Representative Assembly continued Saturday morning, with nearly 400 delegates—teachers from every part of the state—in attendance.


CEA President Jeff Leake addressed RA delegates highlighting the need for members to be #strongertogether in support of public education.

Addressing delegates as CEA president for the first time, veteran Cheshire teacher Jeff Leake urged teachers to continue the fight to protect students, public education, and the teaching profession; combat social and racial injustice; and grow, strengthen, and diversify their own ranks. Read more

Thank You for Your Dedication to Your Students and Your Profession!

This week students, families, and communities around Connecticut are expressing their gratitude to teachers, and we want to extend our thanks for all that you do. Your dedication to your students makes an impact far greater than you will ever know.

Your patience, caring, creativity, and flexibility make this profession one that we are proud to be a part of. You truly believe in your students, and that knowledge of your belief in them will stay with them, inspiring them for years to come. Read more

Legislators Need to Hear from Teachers on Classroom Safety Bill

An important bill that would improve classroom safety and school climate is facing a deadline for action in the Appropriations Committee.

Please urge your legislators to act and make our classrooms safe places to learn and teach.

Click here to contact your legislators if they serve on the Appropriations Committee.

Click here to send a message to any legislator.