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How to Keep Your New Year’s Financial Resolutions

If you’re like many Americans, you made a few New Year’s resolutions recently. And, like vowing to eat right and exercise more, financially motivated pledges bring the promise of a better and healthier life. But while making resolutions is admirable, it’s obviously more beneficial to actually keep them.

With this in mind, here are five classic financial New Year’s resolutions, along with expert advice from NEA Member Benefits on how to successfully achieve them: Read more

Groundhog Day for the Classroom

On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil will see or not see his shadow. Explore light and shadow in math, science, and art lessons and have fun with the following collection of groundhog games and activities.

Lesson Plans

Sky 2: Shadows
Students in grades K-2 investigate shadows by discussing stories and manipulating shadows.

What Makes Shadows? Observing and Drawing Shadows
Students in grades 1-3 observe and draw the shadow of a classmate, and in an extension activity, they observe and discuss shadows changing over time.

Light and shadows
Students in grades K-4 discover that light travels from a source and that shadows are formed when an object blocks light. Read more

January Deals and Discounts From NEA Member Benefits

Remember to check out the savings available through NEA Member Benefits before signing up for a gym, planning a trip, or buying a new or used car this year!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for January 2020

January is one of the best months for saving on everything fitness! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for January!* Read more

Happy Holidays From CEA

CEA President Jeff Leake, Vice President Tom Nicholas, Secretary Stephanie Wanzer, and Treasurer David Jedidan—and all of us at CEA—wish you happy holidays and a wonderful 2020.

In the Spirit of the Season Region One Educators Show Students How Much They Care

Students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School left school today with warm feelings and smiles on their faces—and not because today marks the start of winter break. Faculty, staff, and administrators had all pitched in to create a celebration that made students feel like they truly belong and are valued members of their school community.

World Language Teachers Christiane Olson, Gillian Fox, and Rosemarie Nanni set up for their “Minute to Win It” game for students—part of today’s holiday break kickoff celebration at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

“A few weeks ago a few of us were talking about how this last day before the holiday break is a full day this year, and how difficult it would be to maintain learning past a certain point in the day,” says Dr. Scott Fellows, the school’s Mathematics Department chair. Read more

$1,000 Scholarship Giveaway for NEA Members

business-money-pink-coinsCould you use some breathing room in your budget? Enter by December 31 for a chance to win $1,000 from NEA Member Benefits.

NEA Member Benefits also partners with Sallie Mae to offer members the NEA® Smart Option Student Loan® by Sallie Mae®, the NEA® Parent Loan by Sallie Mae®, and NEA® Graduate Loans by Sallie Mae®.

Nominate a Colleague for a CEA Human and Civil Rights Award

Do you know an educator who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunities, LGBTQ 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, 2020.

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. 

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

Help students put in perspective Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

Resources for:

Avon Students and Teachers Big Supporters of CEA’s Holiday Bear Project

Avon Middle School Student Council members are just some of the many Avon students and teachers to join supporters around Connecticut in giving back through CEA’s Holiday Bear Project. Watch why the middle school students say they think it’s important to donate this holiday season.

Thank you to all of you who have helped make the season brighter for children in need!

What Would You Ask Candidates for President?

This Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m., NEA is co-hosting a public education forum with presidential candidates focused on economic, racial, and social justice.

Sen. Michael Bennet, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will sit down to answer questions from educators, parents, and students about how they’re going to support strong public schools.

If you could ask these 2020 presidential candidates one question, what would it be? Click here to submit it. »

NEA is teaming up with organizations like AROS, NAACP, AFT, Voto Latino and many more for this public education forum so you can hear directly from candidates about where they stand on issues affecting educators, students, and their families.

NEA’s goal is to understand the issues and candidate qualities that matter most to educators, to make sure the voices of public education advocates are heard often throughout this presidential campaign.

Your voice matters and these presidential candidates need to hear from you. Submit your question today and it just might get asked at the Dec. 14 public education forum. »