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Get Out Tomorrow and Vote!

Municipal elections are taking place in towns across Connecticut tomorrow, and candidates for Board of Education, Town Council, and Board of Finance are all on the ballot. Make sure your voice is heard!

Want to see what the ballot in your town will look like?

Not sure where to go to vote?

Polls will be open 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. tomorrow. If you still need to register to vote, you can do so by going to your town hall tomorrow.

Connecticut Schools Celebrate Halloween

In ways big and small, many Connecticut schools are celebrating Halloween today. Here are just a few of the fun activities and costumes making it a special day for students.

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Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.

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Resources for National Geography Awareness Week

Since 1987, Geography Awareness Week has provided opportunities for schools and families to engage in entertaining educational experiences. Geography Awareness Week is celebrated every third week of November, this year that’s November 10-16.

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How You Can Help a Child This Holiday Season

It may still be October, but you can act now to help out a child in need this holiday season. By sponsoring a child through the Holiday Bear project, you can brighten the holidays for a child who would otherwise go without gifts this year.

Holiday Bear—a project of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm—helps make a difference for needy children who have been nominated by their teachers.

Gifts and donations must be received by Monday, December 2, at CEA’s offices in Hartford or at CEA UniServ offices for distribution before the holidays.

Click here for more information, or contact Mary-Pat Soucy at marypats@cea.org.

November Is Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month

Grand Entry, Omaha Powwow Project Collection. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Estimates of the population of the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans range from 8 million to more than 100 million. Cultures were as varied as the stationary Mayas in the Yucatan and the nomadic Plains Indians in North America. Explore Native American culture with the following lessons, activities, and resources.

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Teachers Bring Their ‘A Game’ at UConn Football Homecoming

Educators from every corner of the state came together at CEA’s first-ever teacher tailgate party this weekend at UConn football’s homecoming game. More than 100 teachers, friends, and family members enjoyed breakfast, music, a fan photo booth, and games of KanJam, cornhole, and ladder golf.

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“Teachers do so much, and we’re happy to support them,” said Marie Gull, field marketing manager with NEA-endorsed insurer California Casualty, the event’s sponsor. Read more

Chicago Teachers Are Striking for Their Students

The #RedForEd movement is only getting stronger—from Chicago, to Fairplay, CO to Little Rock, to Mendota, IL. Educators and their allies are coming together in communities across the country to create better schools for our children.

Today marks the third day of the Chicago Teachers Union’s strike. Twenty-five thousand teachers and 7,000 support staff have taken to the picket lines to stand strong for a better future for their students. Read more

Education Commissioner Discusses the Changing Needs of Students Today and More

“The needs of students today are much greater than they were 20 years ago,” said Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona during an interview on WNPR’s Where We Live Program this morning. “I don’t think that we’ve done enough to make sure that we’re providing teachers with support and professional learning to meet the demands of the students today.”

From the achievement gap to minority teacher recruitment to social and emotional learning, Cardona spoke on a number of topics. Listen to the complete interview here.

On the changing needs of students today, Cardona said, “Unfortunately, many times when we’re cutting back, and we’re cutting out reading supports, or we’re cutting out social-emotional supports, that’s what the kids need the most. We need to be looking at the staffing that we have and where we’re putting our resources to provide supports, not only for the students in the classroom, but for the teachers that have the difficult job of raising the bar, despite having needier students at times.” Read more