Channel 3 hosted a panel discussion with teachers from across the state Thursday evening. (2nd row) Sheena Graham, Bridgeport; David Simon, West Hartford; CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer, CES; Mike Wight, Newtown; (1st row) Leigh Neumon, Cromwell; Michael McCotter, Torrington; and Kristen Record, Stratford.
Last week WFSB Channel 3 took an in-depth look at many issues facing public schools, speaking with teachers to hear firsthand how these issues affect them and their students. Watch the segments, which aired during the 5:30 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts and focus on everything from classroom safety to students’ mental health to how much teachers spend out of pocket on classroom supplies.
To inform their reporting, Channel 3 partnered with CEA and AFT Connecticut to poll teachers around Connecticut on these issues. Read the survey results here.
CEA, AFT Connecticut, and WFSB have partnered on a survey of Connecticut teachers to highlight issues facing teachers and public education today.
Watch last night’s coverage, and tune in tonight at 5:30 and 11 for a look at teachers’ views on classroom safety.
CEA has teamed up with AFT Connecticut and WFSB TV 3 to highlight issues facing Connecticut teachers and public education today.
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Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your views on everything from addressing the mental health needs of students to the scourge of vaping.
The survey is totally anonymous. You will not be asked to identify yourself or where you teach. The survey timeline is short. You only have until Monday morning to complete it. Channel 3 will use the anonymous results to report on issues facing public education next week.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on these important issues impacting our profession.
Residents around Connecticut can help make the holidays brighter for children in need, CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas told iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino in an interview that will air this Sunday but is already available online.
CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas speaks with iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino.
Nicholas urges Connecticut residents to take part in the Holiday Bear project and sponsor one of more than 100 public school students across the state, from pre-K through grade 12, who have been nominated by their teachers to receive holiday gifts (such as books, toys, or gift certificates) and essentials (such as coats and hats). Families of these students are facing financial hardships that will make it difficult to afford holiday gifts this year.
“We have children in every zip code across the state in need this holiday season,” Nicholas says. Read more
According to a recently released survey, nearly eight in 10 teens say that vaping touches their daily lives in some way. Vaping use among adolescents has spread rapidly in recent years, and vaping-related deaths have made national headlines.
As part of the effort to curb this trend, as of October 1 Connecticut raised the legal age for purchasing all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. The state also expanded the Clean Indoor Air Act to include all school property, meaning all tobacco and vaping products are now prohibited from school buildings and grounds at all times.
In a letter to superintendents, Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona encouraged districts to support tobacco use prevention efforts by sharing the memorandum and attached resources, updating district tobacco-free policies and signs on school property, addressing tobacco-use prevention through comprehensive health education, and engaging the school community in a districtwide approach to tobacco-use prevention efforts.
Read more about vaping in schools from NEA.
Music therapy makes a big difference for her students, which is why ACES teacher Jaime Plancon is excited to have some extra funds to purchase instruments thanks to a grant from California Casualty.
Plancon, a music therapist, works at ACES Village School—a school for pre-K through eighth grade students with cognitive, physical, behavioral, language, and medical challenges. She says that music is an important tool to facilitate functional learning for her students.
ACES music therapist Jaime Plancon with ACES Education Association President Bill Jacobs.
Each class at the Village School receives music therapy for 30 minutes once a week, and Plancon also directs a choir for verbal students who are interested in participating and leads a community drum circle once a month.
Because of the population she serves, Plancon says, “I need a lot of adaptive instruments and technology that can enhance the therapy experience.” Read more
Mold is a serious problem in many Connecticut schools, including this one in Stamford.
Students are vomiting and complaining of headaches and feeling like they are going to pass out.
It’s too hot, it’s like teaching in a pizza oven, and our students are overheating.
Every morning, I find rodent feces in my pre-k classroom where students work and play.
There are high levels of mold in my classroom and in the building, making students and teachers sick.
Sometimes in the winter, it’s warmer outside.
These are just a few of the comments reported by teachers from across the state who responded to a new CEA survey on environmental issues in their schools. The shocking findings highlight the need to address environmental problems in Connecticut’s school buildings that jeopardize the health and safety of students and teachers.
“From Stamford to Manchester and towns in between, teachers have been reporting illnesses related to environmental problems within their schools,” says CEA President Jeff Leake. “There’s black mold, rodent droppings, extreme heat and cold temperatures, dust, asbestos, and other issues that are putting our students and teachers at risk every day.” Read more