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New Teachers in Your Building? Invite them to CEA’s New Teacher Conference, Oct. 20

The first years in a classroom are some of the most exciting and memorable in a teacher’s career—as well as the most challenging.

CEA invites new teachers to gather insights and advice at our annual conference for early-career educators. Participants may choose from 10 timely workshops to help hone their skills—from creating a culturally responsive classroom to managing behavior and acing their evaluation.

The half-day conference is $20 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information and to register, click here.

CEA Advocates for Improved Classroom Safety Bill

CEA Program Development Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho and CEA Executive Director Donald Williams serve on the Classroom Safety Working Group

At its second meeting today, the classroom safety working group continued an ongoing discussion seeking to come to agreement on language for a bill that could be raised by the General Assembly in 2019.

The group, which was created after Governor Malloy vetoed a classroom safety bill that had resoundingly passed the state House and Senate last spring, has been offering feedback on a new draft bill authored by CEA.

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams reminded group members of the critical nature of their task.

“The Connecticut General Assembly last legislative session heard extensive testimony from teachers about the increase in problematic student behaviors that are causing harm to other students and teachers,” Williams said. Read more

CEA’s New Teacher Guide Helps You Survive and Thrive in Your First Year—and Beyond

What should you bring to an IEP? How and when should you renew your teaching certificate? You suspect a child is neglected at home; how do you proceed?

Every new teacher wishes there was a handbook for all of these questions.

Now there is.

Check out CEA’s New Teacher Guide, available only to CEA members.

To log in and access the guide, you will need your member ID number. You can look it up here. Read more

CEA Retirement Workshop Coming to a School Near You

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.

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 each workshop will run from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Retired Teachers Urged to Speak Up and Vote

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown told retired teachers, “This is an extremely important election.”

“Today is a very special day—not only because we’re here together in an air conditioned space instead of in a hot and humid classroom,” CEA President Jeff Leake told members of CEA-Retired, who had gathered for their annual fall conference on an especially hot and stifling September 6. “Today is a particularly special day for us to commemorate because, 40 years ago on the first day of school, only 36 of Bridgeport’s 1,247 teachers showed up for work.”

Leake continued, “Let us remember today what those striking Bridgeport teachers did for this union and teachers across the state. They stood strong, supported by our members from across the state. They were stronger together, and they did not give up.” Read more

CEA, Other Educators Join Chris Murphy in Saying No to Arming Teachers

CEA joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and other Connecticut leaders in education at a news conference calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon plans that would allow the use of federal funds to...

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Building Rep Reminds Teachers of the Many Benefits of CEA Membership

“A union allows teachers to be stronger,” says Cooperative Education Services Education Association building rep Marilyn Della Rocco. “Together we can accomplish more and have more of a voice.”

Della Rocco, a preschool teacher at Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport who also serves as co-vice president of her local association, says it’s very important for teachers to be engaged with their union because there are many groups who seek to erode teachers’ rights.

“The rights to a half-hour lunch, being able to have prep time, having class sizes that are appropriate to the developmental stage of the children—these are all things teachers enjoy today because our union has fought for them over the years,” she says. “Without a union, things would be very different.” Read more

Connecticut Teachers Wear #RedForEd in Solidarity With Arizona

Teachers around Connecticut are wearing Red For Ed today in support of our Arizona colleagues who have requested we observe today as national #RedForEd day.

This day of solidarity is in reaction to the unprecedented decision by the Arizona State Supreme Court to remove the Invest In ED ballot measure from the November ballot. This measure, if enacted, would have raised nearly $700 million for Arizona’s badly underfunded public schools.

Thank you to those of you who have already shared your #RedForEd photos—and if you haven’t yet, there’s still time.

Visit the CEA Facebook page and add your photos.

Here are some of the photos your Connecticut colleagues have already shared today.

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After a Fire, Plainfield Memorial School Community Shows What’s Possible

Just two weeks ago, Plainfield Memorial School students and teachers had no idea where they’d be starting their school year after a fire caused extensive damage to their school building. Yet, thanks to the generosity, hard work, and dedication of a community pulling together, 350 fourth and fifth graders are back at school today with their teachers, ready for the year ahead.

“These two weeks have taught me something about kindness I’ll never forget,” says principal Natasha Hutchinson.

“Our whole school initiative is talking about grit. Boy, have we shown grit,” says fifth grade teacher Jessica Phaneuf.

When Jessica Phaneuf found that the classroom she’d be using with her fourth graders lacked cabinet doors, she quickly improvised a solution.

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Back-to-School Means Time to Reconnect With Fellow Union Members for Windsor Teachers

Poquonock Elementary STEM Coach Carrie Canoni and Clover Street Intermediate reading teacher Terri Faucher used to teach in the same building and were happy to reconnect at a Windsor Education Association social.

“This is a great way to start the year off right,” said Clover Street Intermediate reading teacher Terri Faucher, who gathered with her fellow Windsor Education Association members for a social earlier this week at Carbone’s Kitchen in Bloomfield on Windsor teachers’ first day back at school.

WEA members who attended agreed it was the perfect way to reconnect. The local has tried hosting socials at other points in the year and found that many teachers have too many other commitments to be able to attend. Read more