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Grant Allows Stonington Crew Team to Keep Oars in the Water

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Mystic Middle School teacher and Stonington High Crew Coach Bruce Yarnall and Mystic Middle School Principal Tim Smith receive the athletic grant.

Crew has a reputation as being a sport for the wealthy, but Stonington High School girls crew coach Bruce Yarnall says that he finds it’s a sport that opens up opportunity for students of all backgrounds.

“One of the great things about crew is that everyone comes in ninth grade not knowing anything; all the students are starting as beginners,” says Yarnall, a Mystic Middle School special education teacher.

He adds that it’s an especially important opportunity for students who haven’t yet found a sport they enjoy and may struggle with the hand-eye coordination that many more popular sports require.

“It allows kids who don’t generally like ball sports to compete and be part of a team,” Yarnall says. During the fall and spring, approximately 90 Stonington students row. Read more

Teaching in the Present Tense: Using Music to Engage Students Across the Disciplines

CEA and AFT Connecticut joined forces to co-sponsor a professional learning workshop titled, “TeachRock: Music Across the Disciplines.” Thirty teachers from around the state, representing nearly every grade level and subject area—from physics to culinary arts—attended the free workshop.

Members of CEA and AFT CT come together to attend a free TeachRock workshop on using popular music to promote cultural competence and student engagement across the disciplines.

TeachRock is an arts integration curriculum created by the Rock ‘n Roll Forever Foundation, founded by Steven Van Zandt, better known as Little Steven of Bruce Springstein’s E Street Band. Van Zandt is a strong supporter of both unions and teachers, whom he describes as “underappreciated and underpaid.” Read more

CEA Members Promote Diversity, Equity in the Teaching Profession

Studies show that students of all backgrounds, but especially students of color, benefit from learning from teachers of color. CEA has several ongoing initiatives to support diversifying the teaching profession and the union, and a recent event gave CEA members the chance to make inroads on both fronts.

CEA EMAC members Bridgeport teacher Mia Dimbo, Bloomfield teacher Glenn Spencer, and retired Hebron teacher Althea Carr talked with educators at a networking session at a recent conference.

Members of CEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission (EMAC) staffed a table during the networking portion of a conference on diversity, inclusion, and equity in the school workforce in order to have conversations with active and aspiring educators about CEA and EMAC. The conference, organized by the Connecticut Alliance of Regional Educational Service Centers, was open to all members of Connecticut’s education community. Read more

Free Legal Advice Through the NEA/CEA Attorney Referral Program

CEA provides members with full legal protection in employment related matters. But in today’s complex world, simply having legal help for employment related matters isn’t enough. At one time or another, each of us needs legal counsel on personal matters that are important to us and our families.

That’s why NEA created an Attorney Referral Program. This unique program, which CEA participates in, is designed to make sure that members have access to affordable legal advice.

The NEA/CEA Attorney Referral Program provides members with legal advice on personal matters. Each eligible member is entitled to two 30-minute-consultation sessions free during each membership year. And if you need additional legal help, the NEA/CEA Attorney Referral Program lets you get the help at rates below participating attorneys’ usual fees.

View the list of participating law firms in Connecticut. 

Read more information about the program here.

7 Little-Known Vacation Deals for Teachers

Educators are eligible for a variety of travel discounts—many of which you may not know about. Here are seven insider tips for finding fabulous vacation values at museums, hotels, theme parks, and other travel attractions.

1. Use your NEA member benefits.

As an NEA member, you qualify for exclusive travel discounts. The NEA Click & Save program can help you save on luggage, theme park tickets, restaurant gift certificates, travel apparel, and more. Members are also eligible for discounts on car rentals from five major companies and guided vacations offered by Trafalgar.  Don’t miss NEA Vacations for travel discounts that range from flights to hotels to cruises. Read more

Summer Reads for Every Age

good bookAre you or a child in your life looking for some new reading material this summer? Here are a few lists of great summer books to check out.

 

 

Apply for an NEA Grant This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to plan for the year ahead and apply for grants available through the NEA Foundation—a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students.

The NEA Foundation is currently accepting applications for Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants.

All active NEA members are eligible to apply for both grants; however, the foundation is currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects. 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

Don’t Let Your Dream Vacation Turn Into a Travel Nightmare

Travel nightmares abound during the busy summer vacation season. Some are scarier than others, and their financial impact on travelers can range from nuisance to catastrophic.

Whether stuck in an airport for hours due to a cancelled flight, arriving at a destination without luggage, falling sick in a country with poor healthcare facilities, or getting robbed of travel documents and cash, today’s travelers and tourists are vulnerable to a wide range of mishaps when they set off to unfamiliar terrains.

Minimize costly mishaps with proper planning and coverage. Check out these invaluable tips from CEA-endorsed USI Insurance.

Click here for more about coverage available from USI for CEA members.