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Educators’ Appreciation Day Is Oct. 19 at Mystic Seaport Museum

Don’t miss Educators’ Appreciation Day at Mystic Seaport Museum on October 19! CEA members and their families (up to four people total with teacher ID) will receive free Mystic Seaport Museum admission.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore the museum and learn more about the seaport’s educational programs and classroom connections. Education Department staff will be on hand to discuss program offerings and answer questions. In addition to the museum’s regular activities, there will be a special agenda of activities just for educators and their families. This year, the seaport is pleased to announce new full-dome technology in its planetarium for an even more immersive experience.

Click here for more information and to register.

Quality Professional Development for You From CEA

SC19-381The CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities, aligned with Connecticut’s professional learning standards, to improve teaching practice and enhance student learning.

Through the CEA Professional Learning Academy, members can attend free workshops, conferences, and trainings developed by experienced educators, administrators, and experts in law and special education. CEA is a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

CEA offers workshops and seminars on dozens of topics, including
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  • Classroom Management
  • Social Media Safety
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Maximizing Your Time
  • Building a Culture of Empathy
  • Strategies to Help New Teachers Survive and Thrive
  • Strategies to Foster Social-Emotional Well-Being in School
  • The Gender Achievement Gap
  • Implicit Bias 101: Its Powerful Effect on Instruction and Learning
  • Section 504: An Emerging Issue for Educators
  • Mythbusters: Understanding Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities in the Special Education Process
  • Teachers and the Law
  • Knowledge Is the Best Protection: Preventing and Responding to Aggressive Student Behavior
  • PDEC Strategies to Save Time and Promote Collaboration
  • ESSA: Implications for Your District – Title I Accountability
  • Introduction to Student Trauma: Developing a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

And more!

Check out the complete list of offerings, which are continually updated to include new strategies and address evolving needs.

For more information or to schedule a professional development workshop, contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy at 860-525-5641 or at myprofession@cea.org.

7 Ways to Save More Money All Year Long

NEA members have two major advantages when it comes to making their money stretch as far as possible: Educators are natural researchers who love to discover the smartest ways to save money on all the things they need to buy, and membership in the NEA means you have access to a wide variety of money-saving benefits provided by NEA Member Benefits.

Here are seven great NEA Member Benefits discounts that can help you save money all year long:
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Free Magazine Subscriptions for CEA Members

As a way of saying thank you for all you do, NEA Member Benefits is offering all CEA members two free subscriptions from the NEA Magazine Service.

Click here to select from a variety of popular titles including

  • Archaeology
  • Autoweek
  • Boating
  • Field & Stream
  • Harper’s
  • Hola! USA
  • Outdoor Life
  • Popular Science
  • Story Monsters Ink
  • The Red Bulletin
  • Wine Enthusiast
  • Working Mother
  • …and more!

CEA Retirement Workshops Start Monday

When will you be eligible for retirement? How should you decide which retirement plan to choose?  How can you purchase additional service? How will your Social Security benefits be affected? Comprehensive retirement workshops offered free of charge to all CEA members will answer all of these questions and more.

The workshops, presented by CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho, cover a wide range of issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System and will allow time for questions following the presentation. The workshops are held at various locations around the state throughout the fall and in the early spring—the first one is this Monday, September 16, at South Windsor High School.

Register now!

Any CEA member who wishes to begin planning for retirement is encouraged to attend. It is never too early to educate yourself!

Registration starts at 4:00 p.m. and the workshops will run from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Lace Up, Give Back

Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up by September 15 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!

Register with CEF’s official charity promo code, CHARITYCEF19.

CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession.

This is CEF’s sixth year as an official charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, and we are looking to grow our team of volunteers as well as our participants in the various races, including the marathon, half-marathon, and 5K.

Once you’re signed up for the race, email CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas to confirm you’re an official team member, then sign up on our crowdrise page and reach out to friends, family, and colleagues and ask for their support.

“Every donation is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward helping students and teachers,” says Nicholas.

Want to help with the food tent, handing out water, or other race-day activities? Contact marypats@cea.org.

Anyone looking to make donations to CEF can mail checks to CEF at 21 Oak Street, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06106.

Teachers Share How Much They Spend on Their Classrooms With NBC Connecticut

Teachers know well how much they and their colleagues sacrifice for their students, but the general public isn’t always aware how much teachers give. This week, NBC Connecticut is spotlighting just how much teachers contribute out of their own pockets to make sure their students have what they need.

NBC Connecticut partnered with CEA and AFT Connecticut to distribute a survey that was completed by hundreds of Connecticut teachers in August and early September. That survey found 18 percent of public school teachers expect to spend more than $1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies this year, and 38 percent expect to spend $500 – $1,000.

A number of teachers from around Connecticut were interviewed for the NBC Connecticut segments, including CEA President Jeff Leake.

If you missed the first part of the investigative report last night, you can watch it here. The second half airs tonight at 11 p.m.

CT Has a New Pro Soccer Team—and CEA Members Save on Tickets

This summer, Connecticut’s new professional soccer team, Hartford Athletic, played at the grand reopening of the city’s Dillon Stadium before a sold-out crowd. If you haven’t already, now’s your chance to catch one of the final games of their inaugural season—at an amazing savings!

Thanks to a new partnership, Hartford Athletic is offering CEA members discounted tickets to their October 5 home game, when the team squares off against the Swope Park Rangers. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., and the first 500 fans at the Saturday evening game receive free first-aid kits as part of a community health promotion. Tickets normally priced at $21 are available to CEA members for only $15. Read more

Norwich Free Academy Educator Finalist for National History Teacher of the Year Award

The Norwich Free Academy (NFA) community is rooting for one of their own to take home a national award this month. Already a recipient of state and national awards, social studies teacher Karen Cook was recently named a finalist for 2019 National History Teacher of the Year.

Cook, who has taught at NFA since 1998 and now heads the social studies department and honors program at the school, was first inspired to study history growing up in Canterbury and learning about Prudence Crandall. Crandall, Connecticut’s Official State Heroine, opened New England’s first school for African American women in Canterbury in 1833.

NFA social studies teacher Karen Cook was first inspired to study history when she learned about Prudence Crandall, growing up in Canterbury. CEA Executive Director Donald Williams, the author of “Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education,” presented Cook with a signed copy of the book to congratulate her on being named a finalist for the 2019 National History Teacher of the Year award.

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September Deals and Discounts for Teachers

Save on everything from school supplies to vacations to appliances with NEA Member Benefits. Check out these highlighted offers for September.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for September 2019

Hope you’re as excited as the kids are about getting back to school! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for September!* Read more