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Nominate a Colleague for a CEA Human and Civil Rights Award

Do you know an educator who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunities, LGBTQ support and awareness, conflict resolution, or other social issues pertinent to students and public education?

Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of nine CEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. Now easier than ever, nominations can be made online.

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2020.

Categories include:

  • Susan B. Anthony—Prudence Crandall Equality Award
  • Mahatma Gandhi—Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award
  • Katherine Dunham Award
  • Helen Keller—Anne Sullivan Memorial Award
  • John Rogers Memorial Award
  • CEA Award for Leadership in Hispanic Educational and Community Relationships
  • CEA Humanitarian Award for Leadership in Recent Immigrant Educational and Community Relationships
  • Harvey Milk—Sylvia Rivera Award for Challenging Discrimination Related to Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • CEA Presidential Award—Henry Barnard Memorial Award

Click here for guidelines, award criteria, and online nomination forms. 

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

Help students put in perspective Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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Avon Students and Teachers Big Supporters of CEA’s Holiday Bear Project

Avon Middle School Student Council members are just some of the many Avon students and teachers to join supporters around Connecticut in giving back through CEA’s Holiday Bear Project. Watch why the middle school students say they think it’s important to donate this holiday season.

Thank you to all of you who have helped make the season brighter for children in need!

What Would You Ask Candidates for President?

This Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m., NEA is co-hosting a public education forum with presidential candidates focused on economic, racial, and social justice.

Sen. Michael Bennet, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will sit down to answer questions from educators, parents, and students about how they’re going to support strong public schools.

If you could ask these 2020 presidential candidates one question, what would it be? Click here to submit it. »

NEA is teaming up with organizations like AROS, NAACP, AFT, Voto Latino and many more for this public education forum so you can hear directly from candidates about where they stand on issues affecting educators, students, and their families.

NEA’s goal is to understand the issues and candidate qualities that matter most to educators, to make sure the voices of public education advocates are heard often throughout this presidential campaign.

Your voice matters and these presidential candidates need to hear from you. Submit your question today and it just might get asked at the Dec. 14 public education forum. »

Condolences on the Passing of WFSB Anchor Denise D’Ascenzo

CEA extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of award-winning WFSB Channel 3 journalist and news anchor Denise D’Ascenzo, 61, who passed away unexpectedly this weekend.

D’Ascenzo greeted CEA members two weeks ago when they were interviewed at the WFSB studio about classroom safety and other issues. The interview stemmed from a statewide survey of teachers conducted by CEA and AFT in partnership with the news station.

CEA and AFT Connecticut members were greeted by Denise D’Ascenzo when they were interviewed at the WFSB studio two weeks ago.

“Denise was the very first person we encountered when we were led into the studio,” recalls CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer. “As we approached, she stood from her desk and asked, ‘Are you the teachers?’ When we said yes, she welcomed us with the biggest smile. She raised her hands, applauded, and thanked teachers for all the hard work we do every day for the children of Connecticut. She was so gracious, and we felt like we were the celebrities. It was a real moment, and her passing is such a tragedy for all of us.”

Winter-Themed Classroom Resources

Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21, but with many schools facing their first snow day(s) this week, the season feels like it’s already here. These lessons, activities, and other resources help students develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal changes and how animals have adapted to them.

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6 Top Resources for Last-Minute New Year’s Travel

A New Year’s getaway can be a great way to kick-start the year before returning to school. Even if end-of-year grading and holiday preparations have kept you from making plans until December, it’s not too late.

Although New Year’s is a popular—sometimes expensive—time to travel, you can still find last-minute options for your budget by being flexible about your destination and accommodations, whether you hit the road or fly. You might even score a good money-saving deal. Just keep in mind that, at this point, you need to act swiftly when an offer appeals to you. So, don your party hat and funny glasses: Here are tips and resources from NEA Member Benefits to help you ring in the New Year away from home. Read more

CEA Backs Treasurer’s New Policy to Divest Pension Funds from Irresponsible Gun Manufacturers

CEA President Jeff Leake joined State Treasurer Shawn Wooden, AFT-Connecticut, and gun violence prevention advocates for a press conference announcing the treasurer’s new Responsible Gun Policy—a plan that includes divesting state pension funds from irresponsible gun manufacturers. Annually in Connecticut, the cost of gun violence averages $1.2 billion and claims 180 lives.

CEA President Jeff Leake (at right) says teachers applaud State Treasurer Shawn Wooden’s (fifth from right) new policy to divest state pension funds from irresponsible gun manufacturers.

The new policy aims to divest Connecticut’s pension funds for teachers and state employees from civilian firearms manufacturing companies and prohibits future investments, with flexibility to invest in gun safe technologies. It also encourages companies to adopt safe gun policies, requests financial institutions that wish to work with the Office of the Treasurer to disclose their policies on guns, and seeks to partner with and promote good corporate behavior on safe gun policies.

“Teachers applaud the treasurer for taking these steps to reduce gun violence in our communities,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Treasurer Wooden’s decisions involve billions in investments, and we are pleased he is choosing to use the power of those decisions to promote responsible gun policies.” Read more

Why You Should Apply for This $2,000 CEA Award for Teaching Excellence

You probably know many outstanding teachers who would qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here’s your chance to nominate one of them—or you can even nominate yourself!

Watch Wallingford teacher and 2013 McCormack Award winner Chris Stone explain the many opportunities this award has opened up to him, and find out why he encourages you to apply today!

The application does not take long, and the reward is definitely worth it—$2,000 from CEA, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C.

Click here for forms and additional information.

John McCormack Award flier.

The application deadline for this award is January 24, 2020.


December Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

The holiday season is here! Remember to check out the savings available from NEA Member Benefits on everything from movie tickets and kids’ magazines to kitchen appliances.

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

Make holiday shopping and entertaining fun and festive! 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 December!* Read more