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
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CEA’s members-only webpages give you access to valuable resources—such as retirement planning tools, teacher evaluation guides, and exclusive video of members’ recent Q&A with DCF officials.
To access these and other member-protected resources, you must enter your unique CEA member ID number. Find your ID number on the membership card you received at the start of the school year—and be sure to keep your card in your wallet, as it’s also your passport to CEA discounts at numerous retailers and venues.
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It may still be October, but you can act now to help out a child in need this holiday season. By sponsoring a child through the Holiday Bear project, you can brighten the holidays for a child who would otherwise go without gifts this year.
Holiday Bear—a project of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm—helps make a difference for needy children who have been nominated by their teachers.
Gifts and donations must be received by Monday, December 2, at CEA’s offices in Hartford or at CEA UniServ offices for distribution before the holidays.
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The #RedForEd movement is only getting stronger—from Chicago, to Fairplay, CO to Little Rock, to Mendota, IL. Educators and their allies are coming together in communities across the country to create better schools for our children.
Today marks the third day of the Chicago Teachers Union’s strike. Twenty-five thousand teachers and 7,000 support staff have taken to the picket lines to stand strong for a better future for their students. Read more