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NEA & CEA Applaud Rep. Jahana Hayes’ Introduction of the Pell Grant Restoration Act

The National Education Association (NEA) and Connecticut Education Association (CEA) today applauded Rep. Jahana Hayes, longtime NEA and CEA member as well 2016 National Teacher of the Year, on her introduction of the Pell Grant Restoration Act, H.R. 4298.

“Jahana Hayes has spent her entire adult life fighting for students, first in the classroom and now in Congress. She knows all too well about how students—often from low-income households and communities of color—are lured into for-profit colleges only to find that the college is more focused on profits than putting students on a pathway to success. And too often, when these for-profit colleges fail, it’s the students who are left holding the bag. That is why educators applaud Rep. Hayes’s Pell Grant Restoration Act, which would allow students who were victims of predatory for-profit colleges to get a fresh start and have a second chance at a higher education with a full slate of Pell benefits,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

“Jahana knows firsthand the importance of education and the need to provide our students with opportunities to grow and succeed. We support her efforts to give students who were victims of the predatory lending practices of some for-profit colleges a second chance to secure much-needed education funds and student aid to complete their education. It’s critical for Congress to pass the Pell Grant Restoration Act, introduced by Congresswoman Hayes, to ensure all students have the chance to reach their full potential and live the American dream,” said CEA President Jeff Leake.

Quality Professional Development for You From CEA

SC19-381The 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.

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
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  • Classroom Management
  • Social Media Safety
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Maximizing Your Time
  • Building a Culture of Empathy
  • Strategies to Help New Teachers Survive and Thrive
  • Strategies to Foster Social-Emotional Well-Being in School
  • The Gender Achievement Gap
  • Implicit Bias 101: Its Powerful Effect on Instruction and Learning
  • Section 504: An Emerging Issue for Educators
  • Mythbusters: Understanding Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities in the Special Education Process
  • Teachers and the Law
  • Knowledge Is the Best Protection: Preventing and Responding to Aggressive Student Behavior
  • PDEC Strategies to Save Time and Promote Collaboration
  • ESSA: Implications for Your District – Title I Accountability
  • Introduction to Student Trauma: Developing a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

And more!

Check out the complete list of offerings, which are continually updated to include new strategies and address evolving needs.

For more information or to schedule a professional development workshop, contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy at 860-525-5641 or at myprofession@cea.org.

CEA Retirement Workshops Start Monday

When will you be eligible for retirement? How should you decide which retirement plan to choose?  How can you purchase additional service? How will your Social Security benefits be affected? Comprehensive retirement workshops offered free of charge to all CEA members will answer all of these questions and more.

The workshops, presented by CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho, cover a wide range of issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System and will allow time for questions following the presentation. The workshops are held at various locations around the state throughout the fall and in the early spring—the first one is this Monday, September 16, at South Windsor High School.

Register now!

Any CEA member who wishes to begin planning for retirement is encouraged to attend. It is never too early to educate yourself!

Registration starts at 4:00 p.m. and the workshops will run from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Lace Up, Give Back

Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up by September 15 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!

Register with CEF’s official charity promo code, CHARITYCEF19.

CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, 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 sixth 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.

Once you’re signed up for the race, email CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas to confirm you’re an official team member, then sign up on our crowdrise page and reach out to friends, family, and colleagues and ask for their support.

“Every donation is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward helping students and teachers,” says Nicholas.

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

Anyone looking to make donations to CEF can mail checks to CEF at 21 Oak Street, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06106.

Teachers Share How Much They Spend on Their Classrooms With NBC Connecticut

Teachers know well how much they and their colleagues sacrifice for their students, but the general public isn’t always aware how much teachers give. This week, NBC Connecticut is spotlighting just how much teachers contribute out of their own pockets to make sure their students have what they need.

NBC Connecticut partnered with CEA and AFT Connecticut to distribute a survey that was completed by hundreds of Connecticut teachers in August and early September. That survey found 18 percent of public school teachers expect to spend more than $1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies this year, and 38 percent expect to spend $500 – $1,000.

A number of teachers from around Connecticut were interviewed for the NBC Connecticut segments, including CEA President Jeff Leake.

If you missed the first part of the investigative report last night, you can watch it here. The second half airs tonight at 11 p.m.

Educator Brings Prestigious Teaching Award Home to New London

“There are 3.2 million public school teachers in the United States; there are five Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence given out in any year,” CEA Executive Director Donald Williams told New London teachers during their convocation Friday. “Representing the New London Public Schools, Connecticut has one of those five, Elizabeth Sked.”

New London Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie, Horace Mann’s Jeff Larrow, and CEA’s Donald Williams congratulate Elizabeth Sked (at podium) on being a recipient of the 2020 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

New London teachers erupted into enthusiastic applause in recognition of Jennings School instructional literacy coach Elizabeth Sked, who is a 2020 winner of the NEA Foundation’s prestigious 2020 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

“I’m just one person, but I’m the voice of all of you, and I absolutely couldn’t be prouder than to be representing all of us,” Sked told New London educators. Read more

Senator Murphy Listens to Challenges Facing Bridgeport Teachers

Lauding the work that Bridgeport teachers do, in very challenging circumstances, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy recently told a group of Bridgeport educators that their jobs have...

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Norwich Free Academy Teachers Share Their Hopes for the Year Ahead

More than 500 ninth graders from nine different Connecticut towns arrived for their very first day of school at Norwich Free Academy (NFA) yesterday. And their teachers were ready for them.

Here’s what some NFA ninth grade teachers are planning on and looking forward to this school year.

Social studies teacher Michael Byrne.

Michael Byrne had his very first official day of teaching yesterday as a first-year social studies teacher at NFA. That first day mostly featured tours of campus. Because the incoming class is so large and the campus-style layout of the school can be intimidating for new students, the first day of school serves as an orientation for ninth graders.

Byrne graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University last spring and student taught at NFA last year. “I”m looking forward to getting to know my kids and building those relationships,” he says. “Our school welcomes students from every walk of life, and I hope to make a difference in their four years at NFA” Read more

East Hampton Teachers Prepare for Back to School

East Hampton Education Association members are ready for the 2019-20 school year.

Students in East Hampton don’t start school until September 3, but teachers are back this week learning and preparing for the year ahead.

At the district’s convocation teachers caught up with their colleagues and recognized their own—including the 2019-20 East Hampton Teacher of the Year Ehren Brown and Rookie of the Year Katherine Robinson. Read more

Haddam-Killingworth Teachers Put the Cool in School

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Educators have a ball playing Hungry Hungry Teachers.

When it comes to kicking off the school year, the teachers of Regional School District 17 pull out all the stops.

The district’s convocation, which includes life-size, live-action versions of Hungry Hungry Hippos, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, and other childhood favorites, is an opportunity for teachers and staff from all buildings to come together, mix, mingle, and get the academic year off to an upbeat, productive start. Read more