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Is a Marathon on Your Bucket List?

Darien teacher Katy Gale runs the Hartford Half Marathon for Team CEF

With summer vacation around the bend, it’s a great time to think about checking off an item or two on your bucket list. If running a road race is one of those goals—and even if it’s not!—consider joining teachers from across the state as they prepare to run or volunteer for Team CEF at the Eversource Hartford Marathon on October 12.

Supporting the work of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm, Team CEF raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession.

This is CEF’s seventh year as an official charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, and we are looking to grow our team of volunteers as well as our participants in the various races, including the marathon, half-marathon, and 5K.

Interested in running? Save $5 on the registration fee at www.hartfordmarathon.com when you enter discount code CHARITYCEF19.

Want to help with the food tent, handing out water, or other race-day activities? Contact marypats@cea.org.

Your Advocacy Made the Difference This Legislative Session

The 2019 Connecticut legislative session ended at midnight last night, and, thanks to your advocacy, we were successful at achieving some of our top priorities.

Watch CEA Executive Director Don Williams’ summary of what we accomplished this session.

Safeguarding Teacher Pensions

The General Assembly has passed a fair, responsible state budget that ensures the long-term security of teacher pensions. Read more

Granby Building Reps Create Tracking System to Address Disruptive Student Behavior

Granby fourth grade teachers and building reps Kierstan Pestana and Megan Proto.

Megan Proto and Kierstan Pestana teach math and science on the same fourth-grade team at Wells Road Intermediate School in Granby—and they make a great team when it comes to representing members in their building, too.

Proto has been a building rep for the past couple of years, and, after a colleague left the role, this year Pestana stepped up to join her.

After listening to their colleagues, the co-building reps have identified a number of concerns that Granby Education Association (GEA) members share; a primary one is how to get disruptive students the help they need and preserve learning time for all students. It’s an issue facing schools around the state and country, and Proto and Pestana have come up with the first steps toward getting a handle on the problem in their district.

In order to identify and obtain the resources for properly dealing with the problem, the two decided they first needed to document the extent to which disruptive behavior is occurring in their school. Read more

Educator Certification Shortage Areas for 2019-20

If you’re working under an endorsement that is considered a shortage area you may be eligible for benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance.

Based on a survey done in the fall, the State Department of Education every year releases the Certification Shortage Areas for the coming year. All of the shortage areas for 2019-20 remain the same as in 2018-19.

The designated shortage areas for 2019-20 are as follows:

  • Bilingual Education, PK-12
  • Comprehensive Special Education, K-12
  • Mathematics, 7-12
  • Occupational Subject, Vocational Technical High School
  • School Library and Media Specialist
  • Science, 7-12
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Technology Education, PK-12
  • TESOL, PK-12
  • World Languages, 7-12

Read the complete data bulletin on teacher shortage areas from the state Department of Education.

Hit the Links for Underprivileged Students

Get into the swing of things with a charity fundraiser that helps some of those nearest and dearest to your heart: your students!

The 25th annual Hands Across the Green golf tournament—Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club—is the largest fundraiser of the year for CEA’s charitable arm, the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF). All proceeds support the Children’s Fund, which provides essentials such as clothes, eyeglasses, medicine, and school supplies for children in need.

View the 2019 Tournament Brochure.

Every school district, even in the most affluent community, has students who lack some of the resources they need, and CEF—through events like the annual golf tournament—provides a helping hand. Often, CEF steps in to assist families in an emergency, such as a South Windsor family who lost most of their possessions in a fire. Since its inception in 1994, Hands Across the Green has raised over $700,000 for children across the state.

Click here for more information about participating in the tournament or donating to CEF.

Bridgeport Students Meet Governor, Congresswoman During Trip to Capitol

The bilingual Talented and Gifted (TAG) program at Cesar Batalla School in Bridgeport aims to engage students, give them leadership skills, and expose them to the world outside their classrooms. TAG teacher Ana Batista’s seventh and eighth graders got all that and more on a recent trip to the State Capitol where they had the opportunity to be recognized on the House floor, meet state representatives from Bridgeport, and have their photo taken with Governor Ned Lamont and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes.

Ana Bridgeport students at Capitol

Bridgeport students from Cesar Batalla’s bilingual Talented and Gifted program and their teacher Ana Batista (at right) had the chance to meet U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and Governor Ned Lamont during a recent trip to the Capitol.

The Greater Bridgeport Latino Network organized the trip for the students on Bridgeport Day at the Capitol, which began with State Rep Christopher Rosario showing them around the building and explaining the work of the legislature. The students were then ushered onto the floor of the House, where they saw Bridgeport’s newest State Rep. Antonio Felipe, a former Cesar Batalla student himself, sworn in. Read more

Labor Community Celebrates Signing of $15 Minimum Wage Bill

“Connecticut just got a raise,” state Senator Julie Kushner told the crowd assembled this morning to watch Governor Ned Lamont sign into law a bill that will increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Kushner, a retired union organizer, said that she has bargained contracts for five workers and 5,000 workers; however, “Never before did I have the experience of earning a raise for 332,000 people.”

At the Parkville Care Center in Hartford this morning, advocates, workers, business leaders, lawmakers, and labor leaders (including CEA President Jeff Leake at far left) gathered for the signing of minimum wage legislation.

Rep. Robyn Porter who, along with Kushner, spearheaded this year’s effort to pass the measure, said the struggle to pass this bill was a personal one for her.

“I have been that single mom working three jobs to take care of my kids,” she said. Referencing her defense of the bill during a marathon 14-hour debate on the floor of the House, Porter said, “I was going to stand for as long as it took, because I understood the difference this will make in people’s lives.” Read more

CEA Summer Conference Registration Is Open

This year’s CEA Summer Conference has something for everyone. The 29 training options include everything from negotiations to understanding your pension to using meditation, mindfulness, and yoga to let go of your stress.

The conference will be held August 5-6, 2019, at Mohegan Sun.

Register on the CEA website, and view the brochure for a description of the training options.

 Attendance is FREE. Registration includes:

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Enter NEA’s Strong Public Schools Poster Contest

nea-poster-contestEvery election season, the National Education Association creates public education-themed T-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, and posters to wave at rallies and hang in classrooms. The power of NEA comes from its members—teachers’ voices, their ideas, and their creativity—so for the 2020 presidential election, NEA is looking to you to provide your best design ideas that capture the need to vote for pro-public education candidates.

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CEA-Retired Members Elect New Leaders, Commit to Continued Activism

Elections and activism took center stage at today’s CEA-Retired meeting at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, where members voted for leaders to represent them and learned more about federal and state policy issues facing educators.

At today’s meeting, CEA-Retired members elected Mary-Beth Lang as treasurer, Bill Murray as president, Gloria Brown as vice president, and Karen DiMenna as secretary.

CEA-Retired members elected William Murray, currently CEA-Retired vice president, president. He succeeds Gloria Brown who was unable to run again due to term limits. Brown was voted in as CEA-Retired vice president, Karen DiMenna will serve as secretary for another three years, and Mary-Beth Lang was elected treasurer. Read more