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CEA Negotiations Conference Is February 1: Register Now

Learn new strategies to bring to the bargaining table to boost your salary and benefits at CEA’s Negotiations Conference on Saturday, February 1.

You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state and take part in sessions that will give you the tools and expertise you need for a better contract.

Sessions cover everything from working with your board of education to expanding your impact through social media and bargaining for the common good. See the complete agenda here. This event is free for CEA members, and lunch is included.

Register now.

Save During Teacher Appreciation Week

piggy bankTeacher Appreciation Day is tomorrow, and a variety of businesses are saying “thanks” with discounts and special offers. Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering educators with a school ID a buy one/get one free special on burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos from 4 p.m. to closing tomorrow. New York and Company is offering all teachers a 30% discount in stores through May 8 with a valid school ID.

NEA Member Benefits is also celebrating Member Appreciation Week all week long with a range of exclusive discounts and giveaways. Click this link to find the full list of deals from retailers such as Barnes & Noble,, Card Store, Joann Fabrics, Hair Cuttery, and many more.

In addition to the special offers available to educators this week, a variety of companies offer discounts to teachers year-round that they don’t regularly advertise. Here are just some of the discounts available to educators.

  • Barnes & Noble has an Educator Discount Program to help teachers save money when they spend their own funds to equip their classrooms with books, educational toys and games, NOOK e-readers and other items. Learn more at your nearest store or online.
  • Ann Taylor Loft’s “Loft Loves Teachers” program gives teachers a 15% discount on full-priced merchandise all year long.
  • J. Crew gives teachers a 15% discount in stores when they show a valid school ID at checkout.
  • The Limited offers educators with a school ID 15% off every purchase at any brick and mortar store location.
  • Apple has discounts on computers and Apple software for faculty and staff of K-12 schools. There’s also a section of discounts for schools. Learn more about Apple in Education educator deals at
  • The Container Store has an “Organized Teacher Discounts” program.
  • Michaels Arts and Crafts supply stores offers a 15% discount for teachers. To apply, ask a store associate for details. The company also maintains a list of “Create for Your Classroom” products and projects online.
  • The Office Depot Star Teacher program offers 10% back via Office Depot Rewards on ink, toner, paper, and most classroom supplies such as notebooks, binders, folders and glue. Another 15% instant discount is given on purchases in the stores’ Copy and Print Depot. MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers program at OfficeMax and the Staples Rewards Teachers program offer similar discounts.

It never hurts to ask a retailer if they offer an educator discount – make sure you have your staff ID with you. And remember to check out the wide range of discounts, including to Connecticut museums and sporting events, available to CEA members year-round at

If you know of any other discounts available to educators, please share with your colleagues in the comments.

Five Ways to Save This Holiday Season With CEA and NEA Member Benefits

snowmanAs you prepare for the holidays, don’t forget the great savings that come with CEA and NEA membership. Below are just some of the discounts you can enjoy. For complete lists, visit CEA Member Benefits and NEA Member Benefits.

Please note – you are required to sign in with your member ID to access discount information on If you don’t know your ID, you can look it up quickly here.

1. Shop online with NEA Click & Save 

For those who prefer to shop online, NEA Click & Save is a great place for one-stop shopping. This exclusive shopping service offers savings on brand name merchandise from hundreds of top retailers, online stores, and local merchants. Save on clothing, electronics, restaurants, jewelry, movie tickets, and more. Examples of current offers include 15% off Columbia Sports and New Balance, and  20% off Reebok.

2. Additional savings at outlet stores

If you’re heading to the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets or Tanger Outlets Centers, stop by the administrative offices and show your CEA member ID to pick up a coupon booklet.

3. Magazines make great gifts

The NEA Magazine Service offers over 900 titles at up to 85% off newsstand prices with a guarantee to match the lowest prices of any magazine program available. Take advantage of special savings on The Economist, Family Circle, and children’s magazines like Phineas and Ferb, Scooby-Doo, and OWL.

4. Save on a night (or day) on the town

For those who’d prefer the gift of an experience, save on tickets to shows, movies, theme parks, and more.

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is offering discounted tickets for CEA members to Million Dollar Quartet. This new smash-hit musical was inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Rock ‘n’ Roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Reduced price tickets are available for shows on Saturday, January 12, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, January 13, at 1:00 pm. CEA members save $6  on orchestra and front mezzanine tickets, $3.50 on rear mezzanine tickets, and $2.50 on front balcony tickets.

The order deadline is Wednesday, December 19. To order tickets, call (860) 987-6096 and identify yourself as a CEA member.

Tickets at Work offers CEA members discounted movie tickets, hotel stays, Broadway shows, theme park entrances, and more. Check out all the offers here.

5. Heading to the slopes?

CEA members receive discounts at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain, Magic Mountain Ski Area in Londonderry, VT, and Mowhawk Mountain in Cornwall, CT. Find out more here.