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Encouraging the Next Generation of Teachers

CEA President Jeff Leake introduces himself to members of the CEA Aspiring Educators Program.

It was a busy night at CEA Headquarters on Friday, with meetings being held for both CEA’s Board of Directors and CEA’s Aspiring Educators Program. It was the perfect opportunity for Board of Directors members, many of whom are long-time CEA members, to share with soon-to-be educators their experiences of union involvement.

Veteran CEA members know all that their union has to offer and want to make sure new and aspiring educators are aware of the many valuable resources to help them succeed in the classroom—and collectively with their colleagues as advocates for students, public schools, and the teaching profession.

The CEA Aspiring Educators Program is prospective educators’ first introduction into what, for many, becomes a lifetime of CEA membership.

Made up of students from colleges and universities around the state who are pursuing education degrees, the CEA Aspiring Educators Program offers unique opportunities in professional development, community outreach, leadership, and networking as a means of supporting future teachers’ preparation and entry into the teaching profession.

Your Chance to Be Recognized by Your Colleagues

Deadlines to submit nominations for CEA Human and Civil Rights Awards AND Public Relations Awards are fast approaching—don’t wait to nominate yourself or a colleague!

Human and Civil Rights Award Nominations Due February 1

Do you know an educator who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunities, LGBTQ support and awareness, conflict resolution, or other social issues pertinent to students and public education?

Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of nine CEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. Now easier than ever, nominations can be made online.

Public Relations Award Nominations Due February 28

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.

Find out more, and nominate yourself or a colleague.

CEA Negotiations Conference Is February 1: Register Now

Learn new strategies to bring to the bargaining table to boost your salary and benefits at CEA’s Negotiations Conference on Saturday, February 1.

You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state and take part in sessions that will give you the tools and expertise you need for a better contract.

Sessions cover everything from working with your board of education to expanding your impact through social media and bargaining for the common good. See the complete agenda here. This event is free for CEA members, and lunch is included.

Register now.

Remembering Former CEA President Maxine Rothe Schortman

In this photo, which originally appeared in the June 1977 issue of the CEA Advisor, Schortman gives advice to George DeBonis, Watertown Education Association president.

CEA sends our condolences on the passing of former CEA President Maxine Rothe Schortman to her family and friends. Schortman, who served as president of CEA in 1976-77, was a third grade teacher at Lake Street School in Vernon for 33 years and served as president of the Vernon Education Association.

During Maxine Schortman’s term as president, (CEA Presidents only served one-year terms at the time), her involvement in politics led to a meeting with Mort Mondale when his brother Walter was running for Vice President, she gave interviews to the news media about teacher lay-offs and the teacher evaluation law, and met with members to discuss issues affecting teachers across the state.

In her last CEA Advisor column as president, Schortman wrote words that still resonate with CEA members today.

“We teachers have been caught in the middle. We have been caught between the pincers of those who make the demands and set the goals of the community’s schools on the one hand, and the pincers of those who want the goals achieved without giving financial priority, human and professional freedom, unhampered lay representation and the professional recognition needed to foster such achievement.”

Read Schortman’s obituary here.

Winter County Forums Starting Soon!

CEA’s second round of 2019-2020 county forum meetings runs January 28 through February 19.

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.

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted through February 1, 2020, for the 2021 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship—a year of professional development that includes a summer field study in South Africa.

The fellowship is an opportunity for K-12 educators to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

NEA Foundation Global Learning fellows participate in a 12-month professional development program that includes in-person workshops, online coursework, webinars by leading experts, peer learning, and a field study experience.

The Foundation welcomes applicants with global experience as well as those who have never left the country. The top requirement for the program is caring about the world and sharing that passion with students.

Apply at www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/global-learning-fellowship/.

Connecticut Education Foundation Receives Grant to Help Students in Need

Hundreds of schoolchildren across the state facing extraordinary hardships will receive a helping hand—as will minority students planning on entering the teaching profession—thanks to a generous donation from Dalio Philanthropies.

The organization donated $40,000 to the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) Children’s Fund, which provides disadvantaged public school students across the state with many of the necessities that their own families cannot afford, including clothing, eyeglasses, and medicine. CEF also awards scholarships to minority students pursuing teaching careers.

“We are grateful for the generous donation from Dalio Philanthropies,” said CEF President Tom Nicholas. “The funds will build on the success of the Connecticut Education Foundation’s commitment to changing lives for the better by allowing us to further our reach and provide assistance to more students in need across the state. We know that students cannot learn if their basic needs are not met. That is why teachers turn to the Children’s Fund for help, and that is why the Dalio Philanthopries’ support of CEF is so deeply appreciated.” Read more

Learn About Different Bargaining Strategies for Better Results

When will your next contract be negotiated, and how can you be sure you get the salary, benefits, and working conditions you deserve?

Come to CEA’s Negotiations Conference in Farmington on Saturday, February 1, and pick up new strategies to bring to the bargaining table.

Sessions cover everything from working with your board of education to expanding your impact through social media and bargaining for the common good. See the complete agenda here. This event is free, and lunch is included.

Register now.

Nominate a Colleague for a CEA Human and Civil Rights Award

Do you know an educator who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunities, LGBTQ support and awareness, conflict resolution, or other social issues pertinent to students and public education?

Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of nine CEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. Now easier than ever, nominations can be made online.

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2020.

Categories include:

  • Susan B. Anthony—Prudence Crandall Equality Award
  • Mahatma Gandhi—Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award
  • Katherine Dunham Award
  • Helen Keller—Anne Sullivan Memorial Award
  • John Rogers Memorial Award
  • CEA Award for Leadership in Hispanic Educational and Community Relationships
  • CEA Humanitarian Award for Leadership in Recent Immigrant Educational and Community Relationships
  • Harvey Milk—Sylvia Rivera Award for Challenging Discrimination Related to Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • CEA Presidential Award—Henry Barnard Memorial Award

Click here for guidelines, award criteria, and online nomination forms. 

Avon Students and Teachers Big Supporters of CEA’s Holiday Bear Project

Avon Middle School Student Council members are just some of the many Avon students and teachers to join supporters around Connecticut in giving back through CEA’s Holiday Bear Project. Watch why the middle school students say they think it’s important to donate this holiday season.

Thank you to all of you who have helped make the season brighter for children in need!