Keeping a finger on the pulse of public education in Connecticut is important—especially now, with so many expectations being made of teachers and our profession. It’s never been more important to stay up-to-date with your union and all the latest education news affecting Connecticut teachers. Here at BlogCEA we want to make sure you as a CEA member get all the news you need.
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A sea of #RedforEd greeted Danbury Board of Education members at the Board’s meeting last night where more than 250 Danbury teachers filled the meeting room and spilled into the hallways and outside the building.
Danbury teachers wearing #RedforEd arrived early ahead of last night’s Board of Education meeting.
“We are an investment for this community,” third grade teacher and NEA-Danbury President Erin Daly told Board of Education members. “When you invest in us, you’re investing in our children. When you invest in us, you’re investing in your community. If we as a community refuse to invest in our teachers, we are revealing to our students how little we value them.”
NEA-Danbury is heading into contract mediation and members showed up at the meeting in force to present a united front. Read more
CEA-Retired President William Murray introduced State Treasurer Shawn Wooden, a speaker at today’s CEA-Retired fall conference.
“As you know, many groups out there in the wider world, don’t like unions but they also don’t like pensions. They’re out to cut down pensions and undermine them in whatever way they can,” CEA Executive Director Donald Williams told CEA-Retired members at their annual fall conference this morning.
Luckily Connecticut active and retired teachers understand how important it is to have their voices heard in the political process and turned out in record numbers for last year’s state elections—electing many pro-public education candidates, including State Treasurer Shawn Wooden, one of the speakers at today’s conference.
“Last year we elected a treasurer who successfully fought to reamortize the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement Fund while preserving pension benefits,” said CEA-Retired President William Murray. Read more
More than a thousand people turned out for a rally today in Hartford at the State Capitol, joining a worldwide movement organized by young people demanding action on climate change.
Fifteen-year-old activist Sena Wazer, a UConn freshman and organizer behind today’s rally, told the crowd, “What I really want to see come out of all of this planning that was put into today is not just one day of action. I want to know that all of you are going to go home and continue to take action.”
CEA President Jeff Leake and Executive Director Donald Williams attended the rally in support of students who are calling for action.
The National Education Association (NEA) and Connecticut Education Association (CEA) today applauded Rep. Jahana Hayes, longtime NEA and CEA member as well 2016 National Teacher of the Year, on her introduction of the Pell Grant Restoration Act, H.R. 4298.
“Jahana Hayes has spent her entire adult life fighting for students, first in the classroom and now in Congress. She knows all too well about how students—often from low-income households and communities of color—are lured into for-profit colleges only to find that the college is more focused on profits than putting students on a pathway to success. And too often, when these for-profit colleges fail, it’s the students who are left holding the bag. That is why educators applaud Rep. Hayes’s Pell Grant Restoration Act, which would allow students who were victims of predatory for-profit colleges to get a fresh start and have a second chance at a higher education with a full slate of Pell benefits,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.
“Jahana knows firsthand the importance of education and the need to provide our students with opportunities to grow and succeed. We support her efforts to give students who were victims of the predatory lending practices of some for-profit colleges a second chance to secure much-needed education funds and student aid to complete their education. It’s critical for Congress to pass the Pell Grant Restoration Act, introduced by Congresswoman Hayes, to ensure all students have the chance to reach their full potential and live the American dream,” said CEA President Jeff Leake.
Don’t miss Educators’ Appreciation Day at Mystic Seaport Museum on October 19! CEA members and their families (up to four people total with teacher ID) will receive free Mystic Seaport Museum admission.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore the museum and learn more about the seaport’s educational programs and classroom connections. Education Department staff will be on hand to discuss program offerings and answer questions. In addition to the museum’s regular activities, there will be a special agenda of activities just for educators and their families. This year, the seaport is pleased to announce new full-dome technology in its planetarium for an even more immersive experience.
Click here for more information and to register.
The CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities, aligned with Connecticut’s professional learning standards, to improve teaching practice and enhance student learning.
Through the CEA Professional Learning Academy, members can attend free workshops, conferences, and trainings developed by experienced educators, administrators, and experts in law and special education. CEA is a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.
CEA offers workshops and seminars on dozens of topics, including
- Classroom Management
- Social Media Safety
- Teacher Evaluation
- Maximizing Your Time
- Building a Culture of Empathy
- Strategies to Help New Teachers Survive and Thrive
- Strategies to Foster Social-Emotional Well-Being in School
- The Gender Achievement Gap
- Implicit Bias 101: Its Powerful Effect on Instruction and Learning
- Section 504: An Emerging Issue for Educators
- Mythbusters: Understanding Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities in the Special Education Process
- Teachers and the Law
- Knowledge Is the Best Protection: Preventing and Responding to Aggressive Student Behavior
- PDEC Strategies to Save Time and Promote Collaboration
- ESSA: Implications for Your District – Title I Accountability
- Introduction to Student Trauma: Developing a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom
Check out the complete list of offerings, which are continually updated to include new strategies and address evolving needs.
For more information or to schedule a professional development workshop, contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy at 860-525-5641 or at email@example.com.
Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up by September 15 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!
Register with CEF’s official charity promo code, CHARITYCEF19.
CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, 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 sixth 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.
Once you’re signed up for the race, email CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas to confirm you’re an official team member, then sign up on our crowdrise page and reach out to friends, family, and colleagues and ask for their support.
“Every donation is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward helping students and teachers,” says Nicholas.
Want to help with the food tent, handing out water, or other race-day activities? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone looking to make donations to CEF can mail checks to CEF at 21 Oak Street, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06106.
Teachers know well how much they and their colleagues sacrifice for their students, but the general public isn’t always aware how much teachers give. This week, NBC Connecticut is spotlighting just how much teachers contribute out of their own pockets to make sure their students have what they need.
NBC Connecticut partnered with CEA and AFT Connecticut to distribute a survey that was completed by hundreds of Connecticut teachers in August and early September. That survey found 18 percent of public school teachers expect to spend more than $1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies this year, and 38 percent expect to spend $500 – $1,000.
A number of teachers from around Connecticut were interviewed for the NBC Connecticut segments, including CEA President Jeff Leake.
If you missed the first part of the investigative report last night, you can watch it here. The second half airs tonight at 11 p.m.
The Norwich Free Academy (NFA) community is rooting for one of their own to take home a national award this month. Already a recipient of state and national awards, social studies teacher Karen Cook was recently named a finalist for 2019 National History Teacher of the Year.
Cook, who has taught at NFA since 1998 and now heads the social studies department and honors program at the school, was first inspired to study history growing up in Canterbury and learning about Prudence Crandall. Crandall, Connecticut’s Official State Heroine, opened New England’s first school for African American women in Canterbury in 1833.
NFA social studies teacher Karen Cook was first inspired to study history when she learned about Prudence Crandall, growing up in Canterbury. CEA Executive Director Donald Williams, the author of “Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education,” presented Cook with a signed copy of the book to congratulate her on being named a finalist for the 2019 National History Teacher of the Year award.