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Let’s Celebrate Teachers and Public Education This American Education Week

This week, American Education Week 2019, presents all Americans with the perfect opportunity to celebrate public education and honor educators and everyone else who ensures that every child receives a quality education. Watch the video message below from CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas.

Old Saybrook Parents to Teachers: Thanks, and Bon Appetit!

Teacher Judy Ayers warms up with a cup of coffee.

Teachers and staff entering the faculty lounge at Old Saybrook High School before the morning bell were treated to a mouthwatering surprise: three tables of hot and cold breakfast foods, snacks, and beverages brought in—on the sly—by parents wanting to show their appreciation.

“What a wonderful thing!” said child development and family specialist Judy Ayers, who does double duty as a literacy interventionist at the elementary school. Read more

Celebrating American Education Week

AEW 2018 FBFrom that first tentative day of preschool to mortar boards soaring through the air at high school graduation, teachers play a crucial role in their students’ lives. You provide a safe, welcoming space for children as they learn about themselves and the world around them.

Thanks to your dedication, students learn not only about parts of speech, atoms, prime numbers, and the American Revolution, but about what it means to be part of a Democracy, how to care for one another, and how to make valuable contributions to their community. Read more

American Education Week: A Message from CEA President Sheila Cohen

This month we celebrate American Education Week, a recognition of all that is outstanding about public education in America and in Connecticut. American Education Week honors excellent teaching and learning. Each day our students come to us with a wealth of experiences and an enthusiasm for learning.

This week, as parents visit our classrooms, I know they will observe highly dedicated, caring teachers who make meaningful connections between the wealth of experience their students bring, their enthusiasm for exploring new information and ideas, and the lessons taking place in the classroom.

In Connecticut, every week should be Education Week; we always have cause for celebration. Our state is home to great public schools. Students, parents, staff, and community members work together and share responsibility for the success of our students. We all celebrate and take pride in their accomplishments – because their success is our success. Read more

Why Public Education?

This year marks the 95th anniversary of American Education Week. The original purpose of American Education Week—to create awareness and support for public education—continues today.

Watch CEA members talk about the importance of public education and share why they’ve chosen the teaching profession.

CEA President Sheila Cohen on Celebrating American Education Week

amer-ed-weekThis month we celebrate American Education Week, a recognition of all that is outstanding about public education in America and in Connecticut. American Education Week honors excellent teaching and learning. Each day our students come to us with a wealth of experiences and an enthusiasm for learning.

This week, as many parents visit our classrooms, I know they will observe highly dedicated, caring teachers who make meaningful connections between the wealth of experience their students bring, their enthusiasm for exploring new information and ideas, and the lessons taking place in the classroom. Read more

Celebrating American Education Week

American Education Week 2015“Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility” is the theme of American Education Week this year. Today through Friday people across the United States have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference and ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

CEA President Sheila Cohen said, “Great public schools are a fundamental right for each and every child in America, regardless of zip code. From early childhood through grade 12 and beyond, our communities must continue to work together with teachers to ensure every student has access to the very best public education possible.”

Cohen continued, “While American Education Week offers opportunities to commend the hard work and success of students and teachers, it also reminds everyone how important it is to support public education every day. This positive spirit is essential if we are to provide every public school student with the high-quality educational opportunities she/he deserves.”

According to Cohen, school success is about much more than data—much more than test results—much, much more. “Every day in public schools, students grow and learn. Every day there are more teachable moments than can be counted. There is more professionalism, perseverance, care, love, outreach, and hard work than words can ever communicate. Today and every day, I am so proud to applaud Connecticut’s dedicated public school teachers.”

Step Up for Public Schools Every Day

A Message from CEA President Sheila Cohen

Thank YouThis week marks American Education Week (AEW). Thank you all for your hard work day in and day out, before school and after school, evenings and weekends, summers and holidays. Thank you for the dedication and commitment that you—our CEA members—put forth for the benefit and well-being of your students.

During this week, there will be plenty of kind words to go around. I hope you enjoy the full measure of the pride and appreciation that you so deserve. But I also encourage you to remind people that the spirit of the AEW commemoration of public school success needs to be celebrated for more than just one week. It must be more than a mere moment in time.

As difficult as it may be for those of us who serve in what is probably the most humble of professions, it does indeed fall to us to do the reminding— telling our success stories and letting everyone in the public, as well as in the private sectors, know just how wonderful, just how effective, and just how highly qualified we truly are! Read more

Teachers of the Year Support Students and Their Colleagues

ToY finalists

Connecticut Teacher of the Year semi-finalists with 2014 Teacher of the Year John Mastroianni (front row center), CEA President Sheila Cohen (far left), and CEA Vice President Jeff Leake (far right).

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500, including fellow educators, family, and friends gathered at the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Celebration at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford tonight, 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year John Mastroianni delivered captivating, moving, and inspirational words about the power teachers have to shape and transform the lives of their students.

Mastroianni, a band director at Hall High School in West Hartford, whose students performed in a jazz ensemble providing entertainment at tonight’s ceremony, told his colleagues he is proud and honored to represent them.

“When I was nominated, I immediately thought of 20 teachers I aspire to be. I never thought of myself as the best teacher. So here I stand, one teacher symbolizing hundreds,” he said.

“John’s commitment to reach and motivate each of his students is an inspiration,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “He is one of countless exemplary teachers who have dedicated their lives to motivating, encouraging, and educating students.”

What drives Mastroianni is his commitment to educating the whole child. He said he hopes the educational system will “consistently strive to emphasize and implement a balanced curriculum and life style for our students, and that we remain positive catalysts and role models for their good health, well-being, and passion for lifelong learning.”

Cohen said, “We all know that high-quality teachers are the biggest influence in student success, and the key to raising achievement for all students is to ensure that caring, committed, and qualified teachers like John are empowered to lead and transform the teaching profession.”

Mastroianni, urged colleagues to stand strong for their students and public education, despite the ongoing demands of new standardized testing and the new teacher evaluation process, which have flooded the teaching community causing much anxiety among many educators.

Teacher of the Year 2014

Teacher recognition

“Teachers give so much all year long and often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. But this ceremony, and the 100 Teachers of the Year (ToY) recognized tonight, during American Education Week, gives us a great opportunity to celebrate all the teachers who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children,” said Cohen. Teachers like TOY finalists Eric August, Deborah Flaherty, and Christopher Todd, said they are honored to represent all teachers in their towns.

“We bring recognition and pride to our schools and to all the wonderful teachers in Connecticut classrooms,” said Flaherty, a social studies teacher at Woodland Regional High School. “There are so many great teachers and we are all Teachers of the Year to someone.”

“I am by no means better than the other teachers in my school or district, said August, a social studies teacher at Trumbull High School. “I am a representation of the great teachers we have. My only hope is to do them proud.”

“The whole process is a huge validation for the profession and an opportunity to showcase all the amazing things teachers are doing in Windsor and across the state,” said Todd, a U.S. History and government teacher at Windsor High School.

Governor Dannel Malloy told teachers, “What you do is so very, very important.” He said he was envious of teachers. “You have the incredible ability to shape future generations, to shape minds on an intergenerational basis, and you have an impact on one child, and through that child you impact a family, a community, a state, and a nation.”

Mastroianni said he’s fortunate to be a member of the noblest profession, and to be in a position to have such a profound impact on young people’s lives.

Celebrating American Education Week

By CEA President Sheila Cohen

Today kicks off American Education Week — a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor everyone who makes a difference in ensuring that children receive a quality education. It’s an appropriate time of year to share my sincere thanks for the hard work that CEA members put forth each and every day on behalf of public school students.

Teachers give so much all year long. You give to your students, your communities, your colleagues, and of course your own family and friends. That’s why educators are some of the most trusted people in our communities. YOU are creating your community’s future.

During American Education Week, we celebrate all partners who support our students and make great public schools possible. We give thanks to the education support professionals, parents, substitute teachers, and everyone who is committed to student success. A school is only as strong as its people, and teachers are the biggest in-school factor in students’ academic success.

You have a lot on your plate, and unfortunately educators often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. But please always remember you are appreciated. Despite the attacks on teachers and public education, know that there are students, parents, community members, and teaching colleagues standing behind you who are very grateful for the work you do.

You make a difference every day. Thank you for your deep personal connection to the success of every child.