Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to politics, military, medicine, aviation, entertainment, and sports in the United States. Celebrate their heritage and contributions with these lessons and activities.
CREC Montessori Magnet student Matteo Dolzadelli helps prepare the teacher appreciation breakfast.
Teachers deserve our appreciation each and every day, and today students and parents are making a special effort to extend their thanks to teachers on National Teacher Day.
At CREC Montessori Magnet School in Hartford, the thanks took the form of a breakfast and juice bar that parents organized as a small token of their appreciation.
Parent Jimena Dolzadelli has been organizing the annual event for nearly a decade, and each year more food offerings are added. In addition to muffins, cookies, quiche, and fruit, this year’s spread included freshly squeezed orange juice, watermelon lemonade, and a vegan detox smoothie. Read more
There are only five days left in the legislative session, and legislators need to act to roll back the 1 percent teacher tax.
Please contact legislative leaders now, and urge them to repeal this 1 percent tax that unfairly targets teachers.
Click here to email legislative leaders now.
Member engagement is vital to a strong union, says Darien Building Rep Katy Gale. When members are more engaged, she explains, they feel empowered and capable of effecting change.
“My local has taken member engagement really seriously,” the fifth grade Hindley Elementary teacher says. “We have made it a point to meet one-on-one with almost every member and really listen to them and hear about what’s important to them. Now we can move forward and develop a plan to meet everyone’s needs.” Read more
CEA is pleased to once again partner with Central Connecticut State University on this important event featuring Ottawa’s Dr. Peter Gamwell and Finland’s Dr. Pasi Sahlberg. Their work has been influential on the structure of education in their respective countries, which are recognized as education superpowers and supporters of teachers as professional leaders.
The theme of this year’s program—which will be explored in a panel discussion and breakout sessions—is teacher leaders as enablers of creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond.
Offered by CCSU in partnership with CEA, AFT-CT, and Duke University Teachhouse, the program is open to 400 public school educators.
REGISTER TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE.
May 22, 2018, 8:00am – 3:30pm
CCSU New Britain Campus – Alumni Hall
Read about last year’s institute.
Cost: $75.00 per person
Space is limited.
Latin may be the historical language of ancient Rome—but last week it also belonged to the over a thousand teens in togas and tunics attending Connecticut State Latin Day in Cheshire. Students from nearly 50 middle and high schools around Connecticut experienced a day full of camaraderie, fun, and interdisciplinary learning that strengthened their Latin skills while boosting their interest in the language.
CEA Legal Counsel Rebecca Mitchell and her sister, Simsbury Spanish teacher Adria Bernard, taught Greek dancing to students at CT Latin Day.
“The popularity of the event shows Connecticut is one of the best places to study Latin,” says organizer and Farmington Latin teacher Drew Warchut. “We have a strong learning community in our state, and Latin is alive and well.” Read more
1. Acrostic Mother’s Day Poems
Students in grades 1-2 write acrostic poems for Mother’s Day.
2. Pop Up Mother’s Day Card
Step-by-step instructions for making a pop up flower card. K-5
3. Stand-Up Mom
With this printable decoration, students in grades K-2 color, cut out, and fold stand-up moms, and then attach a heart to one hand and write a special message on her apron.
It’s time to roll back the 1 percent teacher tax increase.
The legislature is currently considering action on a budget bill, and we have two weeks left in the legislative session to fight for a roll back of the teacher tax from 7 to 6 percent.
Now is the time to call your legislators and ask them to pass HB 5430, An Act Concerning Teachers’ Retirement Commission Contributions.
Because of the many emails and phone calls legislators received from teachers, HB 5430 was passed out of committee. We must keep the pressure up.
Rolling back this unfair increase will require votes in the House and the Senate before midnight May 9. Your legislators and legislative leaders need to hear from you in order to make this happen.
Click here to email your legislators and tell them to roll back the teacher tax and pass HB 5430.
Click here to email legislative leaders and urge them to call for a vote on HB 5430.