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Women’s History Month Lessons & Activities for the Classroom

Suffrage envoys from San Francisco greeted in New Jersey on their way to Washington to present a petition to Congress containing more than 500,000 signatures. New Jersey United States, 1915. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

The March 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions with the following lessons and activities.

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CEA Asks Legislators to Demand Accountability, Transparency for Charter Management Organizations

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told the Legislature’s Education Committee that charter management organizations must be subject to transparency and accountability.

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg testified before the Education Committee today in favor of a bill that expands accountability and transparency for charter management organizations (CMOs) that run some of Connecticut’s publicly funded schools.

“Every dollar for public education is precious, and we need this legislation to ensure that every dollar spent by charter management organizations is spent on supporting students in those classrooms,” Waxenberg said. Read more

New Teachers: CEA Conference Just for You on April 1

ntc-brochureIf you are an educator with six years or less in the classroom and are looking to improve your skills, plan to attend CEA’s New Teacher Conference on April 1 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel in Groton.

From culturally responsive teaching to the intricacies of the teacher evaluation process to Google Apps for Education, the conference sessions will explore everything that beginning teachers need to know. The event will feature Waterbury teacher Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, as the keynote speaker.

The cost of the conference is $20 and includes lunch. Your local Association may reimburse your cost.

Click here for the brochure.

Click here to register.

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Happy Read Across America Day!

Students and teachers across the country celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday today by reading, writing, learning—and having a lot of fun.

First-grade students in Tricia Lee’s class in Windsor Locks listened to “The Cat in the Hat” before engaging in a wide variety of learning activities that all tied into popular Dr. Seuss books. Watch what the students and their teacher thought about the fun day.

Shout Out for Public Schools, Westport Teachers at the Oscars

While teachers around the country are severely disappointed that we now have a secretary of education with no experience in the public schools, the silver lining is that opposition to Betsy DeVos has inspired many to stand up and draw positive attention to public schools.

Just last night at the Oscars, Westport Public Schools alumnus Justin Paul did just that. Paul used his precious seconds on stage after winning an Oscar for Best Original Song to thank not only his wife, daughter, family, and God, but also his Westport teachers and public school education.

Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School, and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek won Oscars for “City of Stars,” the song they wrote for “La La Land.”

Watch his remarks below.

Songs and Stories of the Irish: Free Performance this March

songs-and-stories-irishCome hear tales of the mysterious Fairy Folk with traditional Irish songs and insights into the Irish life of days gone by, including emigration to the New World and the growth of the diaspora.

Storyteller and singer Helena Byrne will give a special performance at the newly reopened Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University this March 23. The performance and museum admission are free, but registration for the event is required. Read more

CEA President: CT Teachers Will Continue to Stand Up for Transgender Students

Wc Black SignThe Trump administration has rescinded federal protections for transgender students in public schools that allowed them to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. While federal law remains the same and the interpretation of Title IX will ultimately be decided in the courts, this latest move does much to undermine the safety and security teachers know all of their students deserve.

“It is outrageous that the current presidential administration would sanction discrimination in this manner,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “As educators, we prioritize ensuring safe, equitable educational opportunities for all students.” Read more

Don’t Miss Your Special NEA Member Perks

To help you get the most out of your membership, NEA Member Benefits has worked with its partners to arrange special NEA member offers, bonuses and freebies. Many are highlighted below. This is on top of the wide range of programs and services enjoyed by NEA members.

In addition, make sure to sign up for free NEA Member Benefits newsletters. Get timely tips and information that can help you save money, manage your finances, plan vacations and more—all tailored just for educators. Read more

Coming March 18: Three Free PD Workshops for CEA Members

PD March 18CEA is providing three exciting professional development workshops to members free of charge this March 18.

The topics of the workshops are as follows:

  1. For K-3 educators—Common Core Standards and their impact on our youngest learners
  2. For all educators—Understanding your rights and responsibilities when handling aggressive student behavior
  3. For Association presidents and treasurers—Your role in managing local funds and protecting members’ dues dollars

Click here for more information on the workshops.

The three free workshops will run concurrently on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill.

Click here to register for one of the three professional development workshops.

Registration and a complimentary continental breakfast begin at 9:30 a.m.



School Funding, DeVos & More: CEA Leaders Speaking Out on the Air

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg (at right) was interviewed by CT Radio Network's Steve Kotchko for a spot that aired Sunday morning on several radio stations.

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg (at right) was interviewed by CT Radio Network’s Steve Kotchko for a spot that aired Sunday morning on several CT radio stations.

CEA leaders are speaking out about the governor’s budget proposal, the need for the state to invest in all public schools, Betsy DeVos, and more.

During a recent appearance on WDRC AM, CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told Brad Davis that the governor’s proposal to foist one-third of teacher pension costs onto towns and cities would have unintended, long-term consequences on our next generation of students. Read more