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This Wednesday, Hear From Reps. Jahana Hayes and Joe Courtney on School Reopening

Join us for a discussion this Wednesday, August 12, from 4-5 p.m., with Representatives Jahana Hayes and Joe Courtney and CEA leadership regarding educational issues at the federal level.

Topics will include:

  • Status of the HEROES Act
  • Education Funding
  • Reopening Schools
  • Pushing back against education “reform”
  • Betsy DeVos

Register today.

Giveaway: NEA and CEA do not use dues dollars to contribute to a candidate or a political party—this support comes from voluntarily contributions by members to the NEA Fund.

Now through September 15 at noon, any CEA member who makes a contribution to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education will be entered into a giveaway for a virtual happy hour with CEA President Jeff Leake, CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, and other special guests.

The virtual gathering will be scheduled for the last week of September, schedules permitting.

Guidance for Equitable, High-Quality, and Culturally Responsive Remote Learning Plans

In collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education and public education advocates the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University has developed guidance to support districts in creating equitable, high-quality, and culturally responsive and sustaining remote learning available to all children, no matter what their home situation and their education and language needs.

In response to the possibility that public health data may require remote learning for the 2020-21 school year, this resource draws directly on comprehensive research into best practices of how districts and schools met the challenges and opportunities posed by the spring 2020 transition to remote learning.

CEA President Jeff Leake and AFT CT President Jan Hochadel said, “Educators did a phenomenal job moving to remote learning in March without warning or training, and kept their students engaged and learning. At CEA and AFT Connecticut, we expect many schools will need to reopen on a hybrid or fully remote learning schedule in order to protect the health of students, teachers, staff and their families. We welcome the input of Columbia University regarding high-quality, equitable, and safe remote learning for our state’s students, with enhanced support for students and training for educators.”

Read the Guidance and Tools for High-Quality, Equitable Distance Learning.

Read the model plan.


Washington Weighs In: Reps. Jahana Hayes and Joe Courtney on School Reopening

Join us for a discussion August 12, from 4-5 p.m., with Representatives Jahana Hayes and Joe Courtney and CEA leadership regarding educational issues at the federal level.

Topics will include:

  • Status of the HEROES Act
  • Education Funding
  • Reopening Schools
  • Pushing back against education “reform”
  • Betsy DeVos

Register today.

Governor Listens to Teachers’ Concerns During Roundtable Discussion; Announces Additional Flexibility for Reopening

Governor Lamont entered a room at Manchester High School where dedicated educators from around the state had gathered so that he could hear firsthand their challenges and concerns regarding the state’s reopening plan. A few hours later, during his afternoon briefing, the governor announced additional flexibility for districts to implement hybrid reopening plans.

CEA and AFT Connecticut organized yesterday’s meeting between the governor and teachers and were pleased that the governor heard and acted on teachers’ concerns regarding the need for safety, equity, funding, and flexibility when schools reopen.

CEA and AFT-Connecticut local leaders shared their concerns with Governor Lamont about school reopening plans yesterday.

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Teachers Take Their Message to the Streets in Safety First Car Caravan Rallies Across the State

From Stamford to Stonington, Hamden to Hartford, and two dozen towns in between, teachers, students, parents, and community members joined School Safety First Car Caravans...

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Washington Weighs In: Senator Chris Murphy on School Reopening

More than 70 CEA members who are local leaders in their associations joined a virtual meeting with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy this week to hear congressional plans and challenges when it comes to school reopening.

A member of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the son of a Connecticut ESL teacher, and the parent of two children who attend public schools, Murphy expressed his appreciation for CEA raising school reopening issues with teachers, students, and parents.

“We have one of the most impressive delegations of representatives and senators here in Connecticut,” said CEA President Jeff Leake, “and we appreciate your fighting for public education and taking the time to update us.”

“None of us wants to put students in schools that are not safe,” Murphy acknowledged. At the federal level, he explained, he and likeminded lawmakers are working to secure funding for safeguards that ensure schools are safer from a public health standpoint as well as better-equipped learning environments. Read more

Teachers Call for Steps to Ensure Safe Reopening, Including Hybrid Model 

Nearly 16,000 Connecticut educators responded to CEA’s statewide poll, and their responses underscore the need to strengthen the state’s plan.

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Webinar Series for CEA Members on Stress Mitigation, Transforming Trauma, and Reestablishing School as Community

Whether schools begin remotely or in-person this fall, we will need to focus on the social-emotional wellbeing of all of our students.

Please join fellow educators for a free webinar series on healing stress and trauma, and how to establish core capacities for transforming trauma in schools during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by NEA, this series is co-sponsored by affiliates in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

This five-part series begins July 28 and runs through August 19. Find out more, and register.

NEA Virtual Town Hall – Reopening America’s Schools and Campuses Safely and Equitably

Join NEA for a virtual town hall Tuesday, July 28, at 7 p.m. to discuss how parents, educators, students, and communities can advocate for the safe reopening of public schools, facilities, and campuses.

Whether students return to school in person, online, or a hybrid of both, we need to come together and make our voices heard so that proper safety materials are supplied, health protocols are put in place, and adequate funding is secured.

We’ll discuss the current landscape, answer your questions, and talk about actions we can take to ensure all students receive the high-quality learning opportunities they deserve.

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Bloomfield Teachers Organize Black Lives Matter March

Storm clouds couldn’t keep teachers away from a rally last night in Bloomfield to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bloomfield fifth grade teacher Gail Jorden marches with 12-year-old Avery Kerrigan, whose mother, fellow Bloomfield fifth grade teacher Liz Kerrigan, also participated in the march.

Hundreds turned out for a community march for students, teachers, and families—Black Lives Matter in Bloomfield Schools—organized by Carmen Arace Intermediate School fifth grade teacher Mary Kay Rendock and her colleagues throughout the district.

“The idea to do this came to me after seeing East Hartford teachers rally for their kids and Windsor High School students organize their own event,” Rendock says. “I wanted ours to combine both teachers and students to show that we are one voice. Our students, most of them being black or brown, deserve to hear their teachers loudly proclaim, ‘Your lives matter! Your voice matters!’”

Rendock, who is Connecticut’s 2006 Teacher of the Year, gathered all 2020 Bloomfield Teachers of the Year—representing seven schools—to help plan the event. Read more