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. This year’s RA was decidedly different.
Hundreds of CEA members, delegates to the 172nd CEA RA, logged in Friday night from computers in homes around the state.
An unusual CEA RA: Executive Director Don Williams, Secretary Stephanie Wanzer, and President Jeff Leake sit in the CEA boardroom, communicating with members via video conferencing software.
“We have a constitutional responsibility to hold an RA in May,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Circumstances forced us to do it virtually.”
“This year has been unlike any other,” said CEA Executive Director Donald Williams. “All of us have been put to the test in ways we could not have imagined.”
Keynote speaker and NEA Vice President Becky Pringle told members, “Thank you for your energy and activism; for stepping up to lead in this challenging time. It is amazing how you’ve stepped up right away—having food drives, car parades, calling students, and checking in on families.”
New London teacher Elizabeth Sked is the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence.
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 and Vice President Tom Nicholas congratulate Stephanie Wanzer on her reelection to the position of CEA secretary and David Jedidian (at right) on his election to the position of CEA treasurer.
CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more
CEA President Sheila Cohen addressed delegates to the 2016 CEA Representative Assembly.
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
CEA President Sheila Cohen introduced newly reelected CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas.
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.
Newly elected CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer.
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.
Mia Dimbo was elected CEA Ethnic Minority Director At-Large.
West Hartford teachers are ready for the CEA RA, which begins tonight.
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.
CEA President Sheila Cohen was re-elected to a second three-year term as CEA President at the 2015 CEA Representative Assembly.
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.
Jeff Leake was re-elected as CEA Vice President at the 2015 CEA RA.
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.
Cromwell teacher and CT’s 2013 Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger spoke to CEA members Friday night at the CEA Representative Assembly.
“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.