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Join Your Colleagues for a Film Screening and Discussion on How to Combat the School-to-Prison Pipeline

How are attitudes, experiences, and stereotypes impacting young people of color in Connecticut today? Join your fellow CEA members April 25 in Bridgeport for a film screening and an engaging discussion with experts on cultural responsiveness and juvenile justice.

This workshop, sponsored by the CEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission, is free to CEA members and will include a viewing of the CPTV film Color of Justice Revisited. It will also feature a discussion with the following guest speakers on how educators can help combat the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Tell Your Legislators: No Cost Shift

A proposal before the legislature would shift a portion of the state’s teacher pension system costs onto cities and towns. If this plan were to pass, cities and towns would be left with less funding for schools, and teachers’ future salaries and health benefits would be negatively impacted.

Contact your legislators today and urge them to STOP the proposal to shift the state’s responsibility for teacher retirement to our towns.

Under this proposal (Sec. 6 of House Bill 7150), most towns would be responsible for 25 percent of the “normal” retirement costs (i.e. annual retirement costs excluding unfunded liabilities). Towns with higher average pensionable salaries would contribute more, and the 25 least wealthy municipalities would contribute five percent of their associated normal cost.

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Governor Wants to Recruit More Teachers of Color

Speaking to hundreds of students at Harding High School in Bridgeport today, Governor Ned Lamont encouraged his audience to pursue a career in teaching and be role models for the next generation of students.

Governor Ned Lamont talked about his bill to recruit more people of color to the teaching profession today at Harding High School in Bridgeport.

“I want to make sure people know teaching is the most valuable profession in the world,” said Lamont. Read more

Sights and Sounds of Spring

Spring is here! Usher in the season with these lessons, activities, and videos to prepare students for the sights, smells, and sounds of Spring.

The Best Times to Buy Just About Anything

Need another way to stretch your budget? Plan your purchases ahead of time so you can buy during the most cost-effective times of the year. Do you have plans for both big and small purchases this year? NEA Member Benefits talked to shopping experts, and here’s what they recommend for timing those purchases.

Do your homework

Compare prices online so you’ll “know the relative value of an item before you shop,” says Kathy Borrus, author of The Fearless Shopper: How to Get the Best Deals on the Planet. Read more

Institute Offers Sessions by and for Educators on Collaboration, Innovative Practices, and Social Emotional Learning

Participants at last year’s Teacher Leader Institute hear from Peter Gamwell.

How can teacher leaders enable creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond? Come to the third annual Teacher Leader Institute May 20 at Central Connecticut State University to find out.

The day will feature three outstanding keynote speakers, Andy Hargreaves (professional collaboration), Peter Gamwell (back by demand on creativity), and Marc Brackett (social/emotional learning). Participants will also be able to choose from among 22 breakout sessions by and for teachers and administrators who will offer multiple perspectives on the role of teachers as leaders and the conditions that support them.

Click here for more information on the event schedule and the breakout sessions offered.

Early-bird registration (on or before April 15) is $60 per person, which includes food and materials. Registration after April 15 is $75 per person.

Register today!

The institute is offered by CCSU in partnership with CEA, AFT-CT, and Duke University TeachHouse.

Hear How Your Colleagues Are Welcoming Their Students and Celebrating Diversity

“My favorite thing about teaching in a public school is that I get to meet people from all walks of life,” says Bridgeport teacher and 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Sheena Graham.

Why public schools? “Every child deserves an education, and public schools are the best way to provide that education,” says Marlborough teacher David Wasserman.

Graham, Wasserman, and other teachers who took part in a recent CEA TV commercial share why public schools are so important and what learning in a diverse environment offers their students.


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Avoid Tax Time Identity Theft Scams

Protecting your personal information is as important as ever. Tax season is no exception.

Here are some of the ways crooks are tricking people for tax information:

  1. Phishing: Emails or websites that ask to provide “missing” personal information. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund.
  2. Phone Scams: The tax agency has issued a new warning about calls or texts from thieves posing as IRS agents warning about owing money and threatening arrest, deportation or other action unless you settle an outstanding balance via wire transfer or preloaded debit card.
  3. Criminal Tax Preparers: Tax return preparers who use personal information for refund fraud, identity theft and other crimes.
  4. Fake Charities: Solicitations pretending to be from charitable organizations. These criminal enterprises take money for their personal gain and often sell stolen credit card or banking information to others.

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Education Community Saddened by Loss of State Representative

CEA sends condolences to the family, friends, and constituents of State Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, who passed away last night. Santiago was a leader in the state’s Latino community. He brought people together around important causes and was a champion of community schools. We will miss his advocacy for and commitment to the people of Bridgeport.

 

Bringing Poetry to the Classroom

April is National Poetry Month, celebrate with these lessons, activities, and video/audio readings.

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