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Apply Now for an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

Applications are being accepted through February 4 for the 2020 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship—a year of professional development that includes a summer field study in Peru.

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The fellowship is an opportunity for K-12 educators to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Read more

All Members Invited to Upcoming CEA Meetings

CEA members at a 2018 county meeting.

CEA’s next round of county forum meetings runs January 28 – February 12. Meet with your colleagues and local union leaders to hear about issues impacting education and your profession, and learn how you can advocate for yourself, your students, and public education.

Attend a CEA county forum near you, and encourage your colleagues to join you.

Click here for dates, locations, and more information.

Lamont: ‘We Have the Greatest Teachers in the World’

During his State of the State Address kicking off the 2019 legislative session today Governor Ned Lamont received a standing ovation when he praised teachers.

“We have the greatest teachers in the world,” Lamont said. “We ought to tell them that. Thank you for what you do, teachers.”

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2019 Legislative Session Starts Tomorrow, Brings New Opportunity

Tomorrow marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It’s likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.

CEA will be working closely with newly elected and appointed officials on legislation critical to you and your profession.

Subscribe to BlogCEA for updates and CEA Action Alerts on key CEA priorities this session. Read more

New Year, New Legislative Session: Subscribe for the Latest News

Governor Lamont and Connecticut legislators will be sworn into office this Wednesday, kicking off the 2019 legislative session. It is sure to be an eventful five months, with plenty of news affecting Connecticut teachers.

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Union a Priority for Stamford Building Rep

Teachers are often stretched thin between planning, teaching, grading, and assisting with extracurriculars. That’s certainly the case for Stamford teacher Kate Tobin, who teaches a full load of English classes, has co-organized lip-dub music videos to enhance school spirit at Westhill High, and coordinates the Westhill Alumni Network. Despite her many commitments, Tobin makes it a priority to help her colleagues by serving as a building rep, Stamford Education Association secretary, SEA newsletter editor, and as a member of the Negotiations and Grievance Committees.

“Having a teachers union is really important,” she says. “If we didn’t have our union, teachers would be a lot more abused and new expectations and responsibilities would be foisted on us without our input or any additional compensation.”

Tobin adds, “I don’t find the time, I make the time.” Read more

DeVos’ School Safety Plan Ignores Schools’ Real Needs

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Federal Commission on School Safety was supposed to address gun violence in our schools and recommend ways schools can keep students safe. Instead, the commission yesterday released a report that recommends pressuring educators to possess dangerous firearms in our schools and stripping students’ of civil rights protections, which seek to prevent racial disparities in student discipline.

While the report does not require educators to be armed, it encourages schools “to seriously consider partnering with local law enforcement in the training and arming of school personnel.”

“Connecticut teachers do not want to be armed,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Stockpiling guns will not make our schools safer—violence begets violence.” Read more

Victory for Wallingford Teachers, Students, but Fight Continues Against Mega High School

“We made a difference,” said WEA President Lou Faiella, regarding the Board of Education’s decision to scrap any plans for consolidating the town’s two middle schools...

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Waterbury Students Visit CEA, Sandy Hook Memorial

When CEA installed the Sandy Hook memorial created by sculptor Marilyn Parkinson Thrall in front of CEA Headquarters in Hartford last year, it was with the idea that members and their students could...

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Athletics Grants Available to High School & Middle School Teachers

David Jurewicz, a technology teacher and the Head Football Coach at Crosby High School in Waterbury, poses with Principal Jade Gopie after receiving a California Casualty Athletics Grant last spring.

Have sports programs at your school been impacted by inadequate budgets?

Public high school and middle schools sports teams in need of financial help can score up to $3,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, provides grants to offset budget cuts that have affected middle and high school athletics.

Click here for details and entry forms. Applications must be received by January 15, 2019 for consideration for the 2018-2019 school year. Read more