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How to Conduct a Summer Financial “Tune-up”

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That’s right. For educators who are busy during the school year, there may not be another opportunity to do so. And before you know it you’ll be back in the classroom. So consider following these steps from NEA Member Benefits to ensure you’re on the right track with budgeting, spending, and investing. Once you nail that down, you’ll be on better financial ground and have less money stress this upcoming school year. Read more

Scholarship Giveaway for NEA Members

cash-collection-currency-47344 money dollarNEA Member Benefits is offering NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash to reward you for your dedication and help you further your own educational pursuits.

Now through August 31, 2019, you can enter each month. If you’re the lucky $5,000 winner, you could choose to fund professional development courses for yourself, cover some of your expenses toward National Board Certification, or even help family members with their college tuition!

Enter now.

Tips to Get Through the Summer Without a Paycheck

tips_to_get_through_the_summer_without_a_paycheck_1130684882_842x474.jpgIt’s no surprise that many educators don’t have regular income over the summer. And while careful planning and part-time work can help manage the summer-budget blues, there are times when you simply have to make those dollars stretch a bit further.

Don’t ignore a financial crunch hoping that somehow everything will work out okay. Plan it out now and you’ll save stress and worry—and hopefully come out ahead!

Start with these 10 tips from NEA Member Benefits to have a fabulous summer even on a tight budget. Read more

12 Resources for Teaching Flag Day

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  • Flag Day Celebrated
    A brief description of Flag Day for students in grades K-5 with images and audio files.
  • Today in History: June 14th: Flag Day
    Text, images, songs, and links to additional resources for grades 6-12.
  • Our Flag ( PDF, 11.4 MB, 56 pgs.)
    A background resource with history and images of the flags of the United States and other historical flags, proportions and anatomy of the flag, flag laws and regulations, flag etiquette, images of state and territory flags, brief history of Flag Day, and more.
  • Flag Timeline
    An illustrated timeline of flags for 1775 to a proposed flag with 51 stars.

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Enter NEA’s Strong Public Schools Poster Contest

nea-poster-contestEvery election season, the National Education Association creates public education-themed T-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, and posters to wave at rallies and hang in classrooms. The power of NEA comes from its members—teachers’ voices, their ideas, and their creativity—so for the 2020 presidential election, NEA is looking to you to provide your best design ideas that capture the need to vote for pro-public education candidates.

Enter contest Read more

CEA Joins Rally Calling for Moral Budget

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CEA President Jeff Leake (far right) joins a rally at the State Capitol calling on legislators and the governor to pass a moral budget: one that includes fair and equitable public school funding. 

DUE Justice, a coalition of organizations demanding a fair, just, and moral budget, came together for a rally at the State Capitol this afternoon.

The coalition, which includes CEA and AFT Connecticut, is asking the governor and legislators to pass a budget that fully funds neighborhood public schools, makes housing and healthcare affordable, protects vital public services and the environment, promotes racial and gender equity, and supports collective bargaining so that workers can negotiate a fair return on their work.

Teachers were among the many rally participants.

CEA President Jeff Leake, who attended the event, said that teachers see firsthand how poverty and inequality affect students, families, and communities and are moved to advocate for positive change. Read more

Computer Science Education in the Spotlight at State Capitol

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Avon High School students Jaya and Dheepa Hari demonstrate their latest app, MyMedWallet, alongside their mentor and computer science teacher Jeanine LaBrosse.

Connecticut high school students showed off their computing chops at a legislative reception honoring the winners of the Congressional App Challenge. The event—in which winners from each of the state’s five congressional districts exhibited their work at the State Capitol and demonstrated for legislative leaders what’s happening with computer science education in their schools—was hosted by the Connecticut Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, whose goal is to increase computer science education in public schools and help level the playing field for students.

Fear of the subject, a lack of interest, and busy schedules are typically the top reasons students shy away from computer science, says Connecticut CSTA member Patrice Gans, who helped organize the event. She adds that computer science educators are helping break down some of those barriers. Read more

At Representative Assembly, CEA President’s Message Focuses on Strength in Solidarity, Diversity

The 171st CEA Representative Assembly continued Saturday morning, with nearly 400 delegates—teachers from every part of the state—in attendance.

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CEA President Jeff Leake addressed RA delegates highlighting the need for members to be #strongertogether in support of public education.

Addressing delegates as CEA president for the first time, veteran Cheshire teacher Jeff Leake urged teachers to continue the fight to protect students, public education, and the teaching profession; combat social and racial injustice; and grow, strengthen, and diversify their own ranks. Read more

Teachers Honored, Officers Elected at CEA RA

Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.

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CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas congratulate Stephanie Wanzer on her reelection to the position of CEA secretary and David Jedidian (at right) on his election to the position of CEA treasurer.

CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more

CEA Seeks Input from Teachers of Color to Increase Diversity in the Profession

DSC_2558Nearly 40 educators met and mingled at the first-ever Hartford Regional Ethnic Minority Teacher Social hosted by CEA on Monday. The event was an opportunity for teachers of color to network, discuss ways of diversifying a predominantly white teaching force in Connecticut, and explore avenues for becoming more involved at all levels of the union—from their local and state associations to NEA.

“This was a great event,” said CREC teacher Anjanee Wright. “I got to meet other educators I wouldn’t necessarily have a chance to meet because we work in different districts. It was a good opportunity to talk to each other.” Read more