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Growing Pains, Risks as Social Media Proliferates

From cyberbullying to sexual exploitation, the rapid integration of digital technologies into everyday life can pose risks for students. Whether they are incorporating Instagram or Twitter into lesson plans or using it for personal communications, teachers also face social media pitfalls—not only personal risks but professional and legal exposure as well.

As more devices become Internet-enabled—24 billion by 2020, according to a recent estimate—experts find that many of these devices lack proper encryption and other basic security measures.

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At Early Leadership Institute, Teachers Hone Leadership, Professional Skills

More than 40 early-career educators from Bridgeport, Manchester, Stamford, and Waterbury gathered for a kickoff meeting of the Early Leadership Institute (ELI), a program of the National Education Association, CEA, and the Center for Great Public Schools.

More than 40 teachers from four districts convened in Norwalk with CEA staff and leaders to begin forging a path to educational leadership. See more photos.

Teacher fellows were joined by CEA staff, including UniServ representatives, as well as their local association presidents—all there to work on developing stronger public schools and greater teacher leadership capacity within those schools. Read more

CEA Joins Call for a Living Wage, Paid Family Leave

Many labor unions are advocating improved conditions for working families this legislative session, and the CEA Board of Directors formally joined them recently by passing resolutions in support of raising the minimum wage and ensuring paid family leave.

“When children don’t have a safe home, enough to eat, or regular medical care they’re not able to focus on academics when they come to school,” says CEA President Jeff Leake. “When parents have to work two or three jobs to pay the rent they don’t have time to read to their children, to help with homework, or to attend school events. Ensuring a living wage would help Connecticut families provide a brighter future for their children.”

Studies have also found that when families’ financial situation improves their children experience improved emotional and behavioral health. Read more

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CEA Awards Recognize Education, Communications Excellence

2018 CEA Newsletter and Website Award winners were honored at the Representative Assembly in May.

Each year, CEA recognizes local associations, individual members, and community stakeholders who make the teaching profession shine. Awards and grants are given for best local association website and newsletter, outstanding teaching professionals and advocates, new public relations projects, best media coverage, and more.

The annual competitions are open to all local associations across the state, and the deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday, February 22, 2019. Award winners will be recognized at the CEA Representative Assembly in May.

Nominating yourself, your local association, or a colleague is easy. Learn more about the following awards: Read more

CEA Members Join Labor Community at Hartford Women’s March

CEA members were among the thousands taking part in the Women's March in Hartford, January 19.

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Deadline Coming Up for Nominations for CEA Human and Civil Rights Awards

Do you know an educator who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunities, LGBTQQI support and awareness, conflict resolution, or other social issues pertinent to students and public education?

Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of nine CEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. Now easier than ever, nominations can be made online.

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2019.

Categories include:

  • Susan B. Anthony—Prudence Crandall Equality Award
  • Mahatma Gandhi—Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award
  • Katherine Dunham Award
  • Helen Keller—Anne Sullivan Memorial Award
  • John Rogers Memorial Award
  • CEA Award for Leadership in Hispanic Educational and Community Relationships
  • CEA Humanitarian Award for Leadership in Recent Immigrant Educational and Community Relationships
  • Harvey Milk—Sylvia Rivera Award for Challenging Discrimination Related to Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • CEA Presidential Award—Henry Barnard Memorial Award

Click here for guidelines, award criteria, and online nomination forms. 

The awards will be presented during an inspiring dinner at CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference in August

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 Governor Ned Lamont received a standing ovation when he praised teachers.

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