As well as being CEA's highest policy-making body, the CEA Representative Assembly (RA) is also usually a chance for teachers from across the state to meet up and converse with their fellow CEA members.
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Two educators from New London and Danbury were recognized before nearly 400 of their Connecticut colleagues for receiving two prestigious awards honoring educator excellence. CEA President Jeff Leake made the announcement at the CEA Representative Assembly last weekend.
New London teacher Elizabeth Sked was named the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence, which puts her in the running for a national award recognizing the year’s most outstanding educators.
Danbury teacher Luanelly Iglesias was recognized as the winner of NEA’s 2019 Human and Civil Rights George I. Sanchez Memorial Award honoring teachers who significantly advance equal opportunities for Hispanics. Read more
Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.
CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more
In an inspiring speech delivered to delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly (RA) this weekend, CEA President Sheila Cohen highlighted the need for the Association to help members connect the disconnect between their potential misconceptions about the union and the realities of the union’s mission, values, and accomplishments.
Cohen said that CEA leaders regularly engage in dialogue with members and that CEA conducts polls and focus groups to ensure the Association is meeting members’ needs.
“We connect the disconnect when we take ownership that requires us to believe in the possibility that we are able to create a better future for our affiliates, our communities, our members, and our students,” Cohen said. Read more
Nearly 400 delegates representing members in CEA’s 159 local affiliates voted on new business items, adopted Association policies, and elected a new CEA secretary, CEA treasurer, and Ethnic Minority Director At-Large at the CEA Representative Assembly in Hartford today.
Current CEA Treasurer and Manchester school social worker Tom Nicholas ran unopposed and was declared elected to a three-year position as treasurer.
Stephanie Wanzer was elected to a three-year term as CEA Secretary with 192 votes to Elaine Gencarelli’s 120 votes. Wanzer is a special education teacher for Cooperative Educational Services.
Bridgeport math teacher Mia Dimbo ran unopposed and was declared elected CEA Ethnic Minority Director At-Large.
Also in budget action today, delegates voted unanimously to approve the $22 million budget with a five dollar dues increase for CEA members next year.
The CEA Representative Assembly (RA)—CEA’s highest policy-making body—will soon be underway at the Hartford Convention Center. Today and tomorrow nearly 400 CEA members, elected as delegates from CEA’s 159 local affiliates, will take action to decide Association policies.
Delegates will adopt CEA’s fiscal-year budget that supports strategic objectives, programs, and services for members. They will also elect a new CEA Treasurer, CEA Secretary, and an Ethnic Minority Director At-Large.
Teacher leaders from across the state took decisive action today to strengthen the organization’s position on the right of parents to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized tests and re-elect CEA President Sheila Cohen and Vice President Jeff Leake overwhelmingly.
The motion on opting out was unanimously adopted by teachers who were delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly (CEA RA), the highest policymaking body of the Association.
Nearly 470 delegates cast votes today. Cohen (335 votes) had ben challenged by Glastonbury teacher Martin Walsh (125 votes). Leake (304 votes) had been challenged by Glastonbury teacher Scott Minnick (161 votes).
CEA has long supported the right of parents to make critical decisions about their children’s education. Today’s vote goes a step further by putting the full weight the CEA RA behind that position and providing great detail about teachers’ objectives in ensuring less testing and more learning in Connecticut public schools.
Teacher of the Year Says Best Evidence of Good Teaching is Found in the Hearts and Minds of Students
“What all of us teach is understanding. Understanding of the world around us and the people in it,” Connecticut Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger told delegates at the CEA Representative Assembly Friday night.
Messinger, a former actor, both amused and inspired the nearly 400 educators. The Cromwell fifth-grade teacher encouraged educators to focus on their job—making a difference in children’s lives—rather than the tasks that have to be done but can sometimes overshadow the work that is ultimately more important.
Watch excerpts from Messinger’s speech below or here.