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CEA Helps Schoolchildren and Families Receive Free Dental Care

CEA partnered with the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach this year to get the message out about a no-cost clinic at Torrington High School April 20-21. Now in its 12th year, the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) clinic provides free dental care to those who are underserved or uninsured.

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Holding English- and Spanish-language flyers distributed by CEA, Ana Francisca Flores and her seven-year-old son, Rosbin Osvaldo Flores, made the trip from Bridgeport so that Rosbin could get fillings—an expense many families cannot afford.

Julie Eagan, who came with her 15-year-old son, Jonathan, learned about the clinic through flyers posted at Torrington Middle School. CEA distributed hundreds of flyers to teachers and schools administrators in the hopes that families in need of services would know that there are no-cost options available. The CTMOM free dental clinic offers people of all ages a wide range of oral healthcare, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, X-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, root canals, limited partial dentures, and general health screenings.

“The cost of dental care leaves many unable to afford it,” said Torrington Education Association President Mary Juliano. “The dental clinic provides an invaluable charitable service to the residents of Connecticut, especially those in the northwest corner. To be able to come to Torrington High School and receive a dental cleaning free of charge is wonderful, and it is my hope that many adults and children will take advantage of the opportunity.” Read more

The Impact of Complex Trauma in Schools

2018-04-17_15-36-24In this timely workshop just for CEA members and presented by CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Commission, you will learn

  • the definition of complex trauma,
  • how it manifests in school-age children,
  • its impact on learning, behavior, and social-emotional functioning,
  • how a trauma-sensitive environment can help, and
  • what strategies you can use in your classroom.

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Planning for the Future: Pension Issues for Early Career Teachers

You may be years away from retirement, but it’s never too early to start planning. This workshop provides an overview of the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System with a particular emphasis on issues of interest to teachers in the early phase of their career (less than 15 years of service), although all CEA members are welcome.

Come and hear from CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho to gather the information you need to answer the following questions (and more):

    • How does the retirement system work?
    • Can I get retirement credit for other work that I’ve done?
    • What happens if I decide to work part-time or take a leave of absence?
    • What are my options if I decide to leave teaching?
    • How long do I have to work to collect a pension?
    • I have heard that my Social Security benefits may be affected. Is that true?

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Contact Your Legislators! Urge Them to Pass a Bill to Keep Classrooms Safe

Thanks to hundreds of CEA members who shared their stories about aggressive student behaviors, the legislature’s Education Committee voted Senate Bill 453 out of Committee—meaning the full legislature could have the opportunity to vote on this bill. The bill would help ensure classroom safety and address student assaults.

Please contact your legislators and urge them to pass this bill.

Make sure your elected officials understand the importance of protecting students and teachers from aggressive student behaviors. This bill would help keep teachers safe while requiring that students with behavioral issues receive the support and resources they need.

Contact your legislators today, and tell them to pass SB 453 to ensure schools are safe places to work and learn.

Touchdown for Waterbury High School Football

The football equipment necessary to ensure students’ safety can be expensive, and in a district like Waterbury, funding for sports programs is in short supply. “I fill out a lot of funding applications from all kinds of sources, and I often don’t hear back,” says Crosby High School Head Football Coach David Jurewicz, a technology education teacher at the school.

The Waterbury Teachers Association member was therefore thrilled today when, at what he thought was to be a routine staff meeting, he was surprised with a $1,000 athletic grant from California Casualty.

“This is going to help the team out tremendously,” says Jurewicz. “It will go a long way toward getting us the equipment we need.”

A technology teacher and the Head Football Coach at Crosby High School in Waterbury, David Jurewicz poses with Principal Jade Gopie next to student artwork depicting the school’s mascot.

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Retired Teachers Meet Face to Face With Legislators to Discuss Policy Issues

“I always tell my colleagues, ‘Never go up against retired teachers,” Representative Matthew Lesser told a crowd of retired educators today. “You guys are smart and have a lot of time on your hands!”

In the biggest turnout ever for Retired Teachers’ Lobby Day, more than 200 retired Connecticut educators converged on the Legislative Office Building this morning to meet with Lesser and dozens of other elected officials about issues important to retired educators and public education.

Rep. Matthew Lesser addresses over 200 retired educators at Retired Teachers’ Lobby Day.

The event, a joint effort of CEA-Retired, the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC), and AFT Connecticut, brought longtime educators and legislators face to face to discuss issues important to both retired and active teachers. Read more

Torrington Building Rep Steps Up to Give Back to Colleagues

Teachers are extremely busy people, but despite all of the responsibilities already on her plate Torrington teacher Sarah Mobley decided to step up and become a building rep in her local.

Explaining the value of union membership and the reason she’s decided to get involved Mobley says, “The union is our voice. We are stronger together, and as a collective we can do more and speak up for the change we want in our schools. That is a power that union membership provides, and it’s important to be a part of that.”

The Southwest Elementary School teacher is in her first year as a building rep.

“I stepped up because I found out that my local didn’t have any building reps who teach the arts, so as an art teacher I thought, well, if they don’t have anybody in the arts, it’s my responsibility to step forward and take that position,” Mobley says. Read more

Register Now for Teacher Leader Institute

How can teacher leaders enable creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond? Come to the second annual teacher leader institute this May at Central Connecticut State University to find out. Read more

‘I Would Die for My Students, But I Shouldn’t Have To’

In the wee morning hours on Saturday, March 24, Connecticut teachers filled a bus bound for Washington, D.C., in a major show of support for students and safe schools.

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CEA on Radio: Legislators Must Act to End Assaults by Students

CEA’s Robyn Kaplan-Cho and Manchester Education Association President Kate Dias appeared on Mornings With Ray Dunaway today to talk about classroom safety and disruptive student behavior.

As surprising as it may sound, students biting, kicking, throwing furniture, and hurting other students and teachers has become common in schools across Connecticut, CEA Program Development Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho told WTIC’s Ray Dunaway during an appearance on his radio show this morning.

“Teachers are basically expected to take care of every possible societal ill while also making sure these kids are learning. And the schools are not equipped for it, there aren’t the resources for it, and the level of administrative and parental support in many cases is not what it needs to be,” said Kaplan-Cho. Read more