“I’ve always been a big advocate for educators,” says ACES teacher Salman Hamid—and now he’s formally representing teachers in his union as a building rep.
Building reps are often a teacher’s first point of contact when questions arise—ranging from practical matters to sensitive subjects. They are their colleagues’ contract enforcer, organizer, and spokesperson.
The Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School sixth grade teacher tells his fellow educators, “It’s absolutely key we get involved in our union and become active and proactive. Decisions made at the local, state, and national can have a big impact on our classrooms, our salaries, and our retirement.” Read more
Vice President Tom Nicholas took to the airwaves to let listeners across the state know about the 20th annual Holiday Bear project, which brings holiday cheer to hundreds of Connecticut children in need.
CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas with iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino.
In an interview with iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino, Nicholas urged Connecticut residents to sponsor one of 100 public school students across the state, from pre-K through 12th grade, who have been nominated by their teachers to receive holiday gifts (such as books, toys, or gift certificates) and essentials (such as coats and hats). Families of these students are facing financial hardships that will make it difficult to afford holiday gifts this year. Read more
For pro-education candidates, Connecticut’s midterm elections were a victory, and teachers helped provide the decisive votes.
"This history teacher is making history," 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes told her supporters at a victory celebration in Waterbury last night. "I am honored to be your next congresswoman."
Winter gloves, a LEGO set, and an inventor’s kit are at the top of one boy’s wish list. But his parents, like many others, are struggling to afford even the essentials.
Fortunately, the boy has a Holiday Bear sponsor—someone who will shop for the items on his wish list and deliver them in time for the holidays.
The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) Holiday Bear gift-giving project brings CEA members, their communities, and local businesses together to brighten the holidays for hundreds of disadvantaged public school children. Read more
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
“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
CEA member Sheena Graham, a performing arts and choir teacher at Bridgeport’s Harding High School, has been named Connecticut's 2019 Teacher of the Year
With less than four weeks left until Election Day, dozens of CEA members, staff, and leaders—joined by NEA Vice President Becky Pringle—came out to Danbury this weekend in a show of support for 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes, who is running for office in Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District.
Congressional candidate Jahana Hayes, a former Waterbury teacher, is championed by NEA Vice President Becky Pringle and CEA President Jeff Leake.
“Everything is at stake,” Hayes told the crowd, referring to mounting threats to public education and teachers’ rights to bargain for fair wages and working conditions. “I represent a lot of people—the voices of a lot of people—who are saying, ‘No, we will not accept this. No, this is not O.K. This has to change, and we will not be forgotten.’ And there’s so much responsibility in that.”
Pringle, a middle school science teacher with 31 years of classroom experience, captured the current education struggle with the words of W.E.B. Dubois, who said, “The freedom to learn has been bought by bitter sacrifice. So whatever you might think about the curtailment of other civil rights, you must fight to the last ditch to keep open the right to learn.” Read more