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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

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

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Happy Holidays, From CEA

CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, CEA President Jeff Leake, and all of us at CEA wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year.

DeVos’ School Safety Plan Ignores Schools’ Real Needs

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Federal Commission on School Safety was supposed to address gun violence in our schools and recommend ways schools can keep students safe. Instead, the commission yesterday released a report that recommends pressuring educators to possess dangerous firearms in our schools and stripping students’ of civil rights protections, which seek to prevent racial disparities in student discipline.

While the report does not require educators to be armed, it encourages schools “to seriously consider partnering with local law enforcement in the training and arming of school personnel.”

“Connecticut teachers do not want to be armed,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Stockpiling guns will not make our schools safer—violence begets violence.” Read more

Athletics Grants Available to High School & Middle School Teachers

David Jurewicz, a technology teacher and the Head Football Coach at Crosby High School in Waterbury, poses with Principal Jade Gopie after receiving a California Casualty Athletics Grant last spring.

Have sports programs at your school been impacted by inadequate budgets?

Public high school and middle schools sports teams in need of financial help can score up to $3,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, provides grants to offset budget cuts that have affected middle and high school athletics.

Click here for details and entry forms. Applications must be received by January 15, 2019 for consideration for the 2018-2019 school year. Read more

2013 CEA McCormack Award Winner on Why You Should Apply for This $2,000 Award

You probably know many outstanding teachers who would qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here’s your chance to nominate one of them—or you can even nominate yourself!

Watch Wallingford teacher and 2013 McCormack Award winner Chris Stone explain the many opportunities this award has opened up to him, and find out why he encourages you to apply today!

The application does not take long, and the reward is definitely worth it—$2,000 from CEA, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C.

Click here for forms and additional information.

John McCormack Award flier.

The application deadline for this award is January 28, 2019.

Wallingford Teachers Support School Renovation Plan That Puts Students First

Wallingford teachers turned out in force, and in #RedforEd T-shirts, to ask for a school renovation plan that puts students first.

The plan—one of six options a consulting group presented to the Wallingford Board of Education at a meeting last night—would provide long-term benefits for students. At the same time, it is the least expensive of the six plans proposed, saving tens of millions in precious taxpayer dollars. Read more

Winter-Themed Classroom Resources

These lessons, activities, and other resources help students develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal changes and how animals have adapted to them.

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Watch How Wallingford Educators are Teaching About Giving Back During the Holidays

Wallingford social studies teacher Jean Mellor has sponsored children through the Connecticut Education Foundation’s Holiday Bear Project for several years now, and this year she’s gotten her whole school involved. So many students and teachers chose to participate that CEA’s Chip Karkos made a special stop to pick up all of the gifts.

Smart Tips and Exclusive Perks for NEA Members—Including a Chance to Win $1,000

The holidays are just around the corner—a time to rejuvenate and spend quality time with friends and family. NEA Member Benefits can help you save time and money this holiday season with helpful ideas to:

  • Stretch Your Holiday Budget
  • Plan a Hassle-free Holiday Vacation
  • Get Rewarded for Holiday Shopping
  • …And much more!

Visit neamb.com/holiday to make holiday planning easier!

And while you’re there, enter the $1,000 member-only giveaway! NEA Member Benefits has teamed up with Sallie Mae, provider of the NEA Smart Option Student Loan Program, to offer NEA members a chance to win $1,000 cash from now through December 31!

Windsor Choral Teacher Cheers on Former Student, Finalist on The Voice

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Choral teacher Tracee White (left) is delighted to welcome NBC’s The Voice finalist Kymberli Joye back to Windsor High School, where she was White’s student all four years. Joye serves as an inspiration for White’s current students, who watch each episode as a class and are rooting for their hometown celebrity.

A teacher’s good work often shines in her students, and for Windsor High School choral director Tracee White, the product of her hard work now shines on television.

White is the former teacher of rising star Kymberli Joye, a current finalist on NBC’s television reality competition The Voice. Joye’s vocal talents have landed her a spot in the top 10 on the program, which airs Mondays and Tuesdays.

White, who taught Joye for four years and learned that her protégé was auditioning for the show earlier this year, has been following her former student’s successes, even incorporating her progress into lessons for her choir classes.

“I make it educational,” White says, adding that she shows each performance to her classes. “They write reflections and critiques on the vocal performances. They look forward to that every week.”

An added bonus was when her star student was able to visit Windsor High School recently to share her experiences on The Voice—a huge morale-booster for current students.

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