CEA President Jeff Leake introduces himself to members of the CEA Aspiring Educators Program.
It was a busy night at CEA Headquarters on Friday, with meetings being held for both CEA’s Board of Directors and CEA’s Aspiring Educators Program. It was the perfect opportunity for Board of Directors members, many of whom are long-time CEA members, to share with soon-to-be educators their experiences of union involvement.
Veteran CEA members know all that their union has to offer and want to make sure new and aspiring educators are aware of the many valuable resources to help them succeed in the classroom—and collectively with their colleagues as advocates for students, public schools, and the teaching profession.
The CEA Aspiring Educators Program is prospective educators’ first introduction into what, for many, becomes a lifetime of CEA membership.
Made up of students from colleges and universities around the state who are pursuing education degrees, the CEA Aspiring Educators Program offers unique opportunities in professional development, community outreach, leadership, and networking as a means of supporting future teachers’ preparation and entry into the teaching profession.
Hundreds of schoolchildren across the state facing extraordinary hardships will receive a helping hand—as will minority students planning on entering the teaching profession—thanks to a generous donation from Dalio Philanthropies.
The organization donated $40,000 to the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) Children’s Fund, which provides disadvantaged public school students across the state with many of the necessities that their own families cannot afford, including clothing, eyeglasses, and medicine. CEF also awards scholarships to minority students pursuing teaching careers.
“We are grateful for the generous donation from Dalio Philanthropies,” said CEF President Tom Nicholas. “The funds will build on the success of the Connecticut Education Foundation’s commitment to changing lives for the better by allowing us to further our reach and provide assistance to more students in need across the state. We know that students cannot learn if their basic needs are not met. That is why teachers turn to the Children’s Fund for help, and that is why the Dalio Philanthopries’ support of CEF is so deeply appreciated.” Read more
Teaching is a challenging profession that doesn’t always receive the recognition it should. Nevertheless, teachers must never doubt their own significance or hesitate to speak up Connecticut’s 2012 Teacher of the Year David Bosso told early-career and aspiring educators during a speech this winter at the University of Hartford.
Berlin social studies teacher David Bosso gave the first talk in the Dean’s Lecture Series at the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions.
“Teaching is a strange, tenuous balance between feeling empowered and humble,” Bosso told the 100 students and professors gathered for the first talk in the education department’s Dean’s Lecture Series. “We are giants. We are pillars in our communities. And any teacher who stands among great teachers, among their students, feels like they are walking among the redwoods. But even redwoods, as they reach for the sky, remain firmly rooted in the soil. On average, redwoods live over 500 years. How far into the future does our impact go?”
Students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School left school today with warm feelings and smiles on their faces—and not because today marks the start of winter break. Faculty, staff, and administrators had all pitched in to create a celebration that made students feel like they truly belong and are valued members of their school community.
World Language Teachers Christiane Olson, Gillian Fox, and Rosemarie Nanni set up for their “Minute to Win It” game for students—part of today’s holiday break kickoff celebration at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
“A few weeks ago a few of us were talking about how this last day before the holiday break is a full day this year, and how difficult it would be to maintain learning past a certain point in the day,” says Dr. Scott Fellows, the school’s Mathematics Department chair. Read more
Avon Middle School Student Council members are just some of the many Avon students and teachers to join supporters around Connecticut in giving back through CEA’s Holiday Bear Project. Watch why the middle school students say they think it’s important to donate this holiday season.
Thank you to all of you who have helped make the season brighter for children in need!
This Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m., NEA is co-hosting a public education forum with presidential candidates focused on economic, racial, and social justice.
Sen. Michael Bennet, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will sit down to answer questions from educators, parents, and students about how they’re going to support strong public schools.
If you could ask these 2020 presidential candidates one question, what would it be? Click here to submit it. »
NEA is teaming up with organizations like AROS, NAACP, AFT, Voto Latino and many more for this public education forum so you can hear directly from candidates about where they stand on issues affecting educators, students, and their families.
NEA’s goal is to understand the issues and candidate qualities that matter most to educators, to make sure the voices of public education advocates are heard often throughout this presidential campaign.
Your voice matters and these presidential candidates need to hear from you. Submit your question today and it just might get asked at the Dec. 14 public education forum. »
CEA extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of award-winning WFSB Channel 3 journalist and news anchor Denise D’Ascenzo, 61, who passed away unexpectedly this weekend.
D’Ascenzo greeted CEA members two weeks ago when they were interviewed at the WFSB studio about classroom safety and other issues. The interview stemmed from a statewide survey of teachers conducted by CEA and AFT in partnership with the news station.
CEA and AFT Connecticut members were greeted by Denise D’Ascenzo when they were interviewed at the WFSB studio two weeks ago.
“Denise was the very first person we encountered when we were led into the studio,” recalls CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer. “As we approached, she stood from her desk and asked, ‘Are you the teachers?’ When we said yes, she welcomed us with the biggest smile. She raised her hands, applauded, and thanked teachers for all the hard work we do every day for the children of Connecticut. She was so gracious, and we felt like we were the celebrities. It was a real moment, and her passing is such a tragedy for all of us.”
CEA President Jeff Leake joined State Treasurer Shawn Wooden, AFT-Connecticut, and gun violence prevention advocates for a press conference announcing the treasurer’s new Responsible Gun Policy—a plan that includes divesting state pension funds from irresponsible gun manufacturers. Annually in Connecticut, the cost of gun violence averages $1.2 billion and claims 180 lives.
CEA President Jeff Leake (at right) says teachers applaud State Treasurer Shawn Wooden’s (fifth from right) new policy to divest state pension funds from irresponsible gun manufacturers.
The new policy aims to divest Connecticut’s pension funds for teachers and state employees from civilian firearms manufacturing companies and prohibits future investments, with flexibility to invest in gun safe technologies. It also encourages companies to adopt safe gun policies, requests financial institutions that wish to work with the Office of the Treasurer to disclose their policies on guns, and seeks to partner with and promote good corporate behavior on safe gun policies.
“Teachers applaud the treasurer for taking these steps to reduce gun violence in our communities,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Treasurer Wooden’s decisions involve billions in investments, and we are pleased he is choosing to use the power of those decisions to promote responsible gun policies.” Read more
You probably know many outstanding teachers who would qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here’s your chance to nominate one of them—or you can even nominate yourself!
Watch Wallingford teacher and 2013 McCormack Award winner Chris Stone explain the many opportunities this award has opened up to him, and find out why he encourages you to apply today!
The application does not take long, and the reward is definitely worth it—$2,000 from CEA, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C.
Click here for forms and additional information.
John McCormack Award flier.
The application deadline for this award is January 24, 2020.
Thanksgiving is almost here, and students and teachers around Connecticut are sharing what they’re thankful for.