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Institute Offers Sessions by and for Educators on Collaboration, Innovative Practices, and Social Emotional Learning

Participants at last year’s Teacher Leader Institute hear from Peter Gamwell.

How can teacher leaders enable creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond? Come to the third annual Teacher Leader Institute May 20 at Central Connecticut State University to find out.

The day will feature three outstanding keynote speakers, Andy Hargreaves (professional collaboration), Peter Gamwell (back by demand on creativity), and Marc Brackett (social/emotional learning). Participants will also be able to choose from among 22 breakout sessions by and for teachers and administrators who will offer multiple perspectives on the role of teachers as leaders and the conditions that support them.

Click here for more information on the event schedule and the breakout sessions offered.

Early-bird registration (on or before April 15) is $60 per person, which includes food and materials. Registration after April 15 is $75 per person.

Register today!

The institute is offered by CCSU in partnership with CEA, AFT-CT, and Duke University TeachHouse.

Hear How Your Colleagues Are Welcoming Their Students and Celebrating Diversity

“My favorite thing about teaching in a public school is that I get to meet people from all walks of life,” says Bridgeport teacher and 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Sheena Graham.

Why public schools? “Every child deserves an education, and public schools are the best way to provide that education,” says Marlborough teacher David Wasserman.

Graham, Wasserman, and other teachers who took part in a recent CEA TV commercial share why public schools are so important and what learning in a diverse environment offers their students.


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Teachers Urge Legislators to Support Community Schools, Minority Teacher Recruitment

Community schools, minority teacher recruitment and retention, the opportunity gap, and school literacy were just some of the issues members of the legislature’s Education Committee heard public input on today.

CEA members, leaders, and staff testified on a number of bills, ensuring teachers’ perspective was heard.

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Waterbury Teachers Union Stands Together Against Salary Freeze: ‘No More Zero’

Wearing #RedForEd T-shirts, several hundred Waterbury teachers showed their strength as a union, their dedication to their profession, and their value to the community...

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CEA Members, Leaders Support Teaching of African-American and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

“Our students would only benefit from having more opportunities to learn about the culture, struggles, and contributions of African-Americans and Latinos throughout history,” Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley told the legislature’s Education Committee at a hearing today. He was speaking out on two bills that would ensure the inclusion of African-American as well as Puerto Rican and Latino Studies in school curricula.

Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley, chair of CEA’s Ethnic and Minority Affairs Commission, testified before the Education Committee today.

“CEA wholeheartedly supports House Bills 7082 and 7083 and believes integrating the history and struggles of Blacks, Puerto Ricans, and other Latinos into the state’s required curricula is long overdue,” CEA President Jeff Leake told lawmakers. “The history of these groups is tightly interwoven with U.S. history, but we have not given it the prominence it deserves.” Read more

Co-Building Reps Work Together to Represent Members

Lori Woodruff and Donna Bosworth, building reps at the Academy for International Studies Elementary Magnet School in Danbury.

“Teachers become teachers because we want to help kids,” says Danbury building rep Lori Woodruff. “It’s the same with our union—we are here to help each other. As teachers, when we’re involved with the union we can do more to help one another.”

Woodruff, a fourth grade teacher, shares her building rep responsibilities at Danbury’s Academy for International Studies Elementary Magnet School with art teacher Donna Bosworth—an arrangement the two say serves them and their members well.

“We can finish each other’s sentences,” says Woodruff. “When we have our 10-minute meetings I’m good at pulling people back to the agenda, and Donna’s really good at explaining in-depth items.” Read more

CEA Raises Concerns about School Regionalization, Teacher Pensions, ECS Changes, and More

Teachers’ livelihoods and retirement security as well as educational outcomes for students are top priorities for the state’s largest teachers union. That’s why CEA staff and...

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New CEA Ad Campaign Spotlights Strength of Diversity in Our Public Schools

The TV, radio, and online ads underscore the vital role of teachers in our public schools. The ads remind the public that teachers welcome students from every background and help them learn, grow...

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Spreading the Word About Reading

Why is reading so fundamental to children’s success in school? How does the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) second annual Reading Bus Tour promote literacy in Northeastern Connecticut? CEF President and CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas discussed these questions and more this morning on Channel 8’s Good Morning Connecticut show.

 

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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