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Two Connecticut Teachers Receive Prestigious Awards for Teaching Excellence

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked is the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence.

Two educators from New London and Danbury were recognized before nearly 400 of their Connecticut colleagues for receiving two prestigious awards honoring educator excellence. CEA President Jeff Leake made the announcement at the CEA Representative Assembly last weekend.

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked was named the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence, which puts her in the running for a national award recognizing the year’s most outstanding educators.

Danbury teacher Luanelly Iglesias was recognized as the winner of NEA’s 2019 Human and Civil Rights George I. Sanchez Memorial Award honoring teachers who significantly advance equal opportunities for Hispanics. Read more

At Representative Assembly, CEA President’s Message Focuses on Strength in Solidarity, Diversity

The 171st CEA Representative Assembly had nearly 400 delegates—teachers from every part of the state—in attendance.

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Teachers Honored, Officers Elected at CEA RA

Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.

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CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas congratulate Stephanie Wanzer on her reelection to the position of CEA secretary and David Jedidian (at right) on his election to the position of CEA treasurer.

CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more

Legislators Need to Hear from You: No Cost Shift

Legislators are still considering a proposal to shift the cost of teacher retirement onto cities and towns—and they need to hear from you. If this plan passes there will be less money for our schools, higher property taxes (especially in middle-income towns and Alliance districts), and districts with more experienced teachers will be penalized.

Contact your legislators now and tell them: NO Cost Shift

 

 

Thank You for Your Dedication to Your Students and Your Profession!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, from CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas.

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Still Time to Register for Teacher Leader Institute!

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. Read more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules in Favor of New Milford Teachers

A four-year court case regarding a contract violation by the New Milford Board of Education against its teachers ended last Friday with a ruling in favor of the teachers. In a unanimous decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the New Milford Board of Education violated the terms of the collective bargaining agreement by improperly extending the workday for teachers on multiple occasions.

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Building Rep Karen Rivero, New Milford Education Association Membership Secretary Joyce Tuz, and NMEA President Kim Patella react to the news of New Milford teachers’ victory in a contract dispute.

The decision requires the town to compensate members of the New Milford Education Association for 20 hours of additional time they were required to work without pay.

“This is a huge victory for us and for the teaching profession, and a testament to the incredible power of our union and expertise of CEA’s legal team,” said New Milford Education Association President Kim Patella. “This case has proven that regardless of the number of times a board tries to get a ruling appealed, when we stand together as a unit, part of something we believe in, which is our union, we can prevail.” Read more

Workshop for CEA Members: Working with Transgender Students

Much of our society and the systems within it live as if the world exists in binary form. Male/female. Masculine/feminine. Man/woman. Either/or. The “both/and/neither/nor” identities inherent in transgender, gender creative, and gender fluid students (and coworkers) can bring up questions and concerns. This workshop is designed to address them.

This free workshop, only open to CEA members, will take place May 16 at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill and be presented by Robin ​P. ​McHaelen, ​MSW. ​​McHaelen ​is ​the ​founder ​and ​current ​Executive ​Director ​of ​True ​Colors, ​Inc. and the co-author ​of ​several ​books ​and ​articles ​on ​LGBT ​youth ​concerns.

REGISTER NOW.
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Stratford Teachers Agreed to Furlough Days; The District Ended Up With a $1.7 Million Surplus

Stratford Board of Education employees accepted two unpaid furlough days and other concessions last school year at great personal cost only to learn in an audit report...

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Building Rep Role Vital to Teachers

Building reps are often a teacher’s first point of contact when questions arise—ranging from practical matters to sensitive subjects. They are their colleagues’ contract enforcer, organizer, and spokesperson.

A building rep’s job is vital, but it’s time-consuming, and often receives little thanks.

That’s why we’re recognizing building reps around the state for their dedication to their colleagues and their willingness to devote time out of their busy schedules to this important job.

Building Rep Matt Taber has been a science teacher at Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham for nine years, and is in his second year as a building rep.

“I was recruited by teachers at my school, and I wanted to get more involved,” Taber says about his decision to become a building rep.” There were some issues around the school that I felt could use some addressing.” Read more