CEA members (left to right) Carmella Lorusso, June Kozloski, and Ann Carone wait to tell the Judiciary Committee about their experiences with teacher assault.
A high school student slammed the classroom door on Ann Carone’s arm. The Bridgeport teacher suffered tendon and muscle sprains that required physical therapy and caused her pain for several months. The student responsible did not spend any time in detention or suspension.
“It is my biggest fear that this student has been sent a message that it is alright to injure teachers and others in authority because no corrective action will be taken,” Carone told the State Legislature’s Judiciary Committee.
She testified at a public hearing on Senate Bill 1163 – An Act Concerning the Assault of a School Employee – along with four other CEA members: Diane Baughn, Cathy Delehanty, June Kozloski and Carmella Lorusso. Legislators at the hearing received copies of the February-March CEA Advisor which featured Baughn’s story as well as those of Kozloski and teacher Peter Zezima.
CEA staff member Robyn Kaplan-Cho asked legislators to “Please support Senate Bill 1163 and allow the judicial system to respond to the seriousness of an assault on a school employee.”
Assaults on the rise
Lorusso is the Grievance Chair for the Bridgeport Education Association. She told the Judiciary Committee, “As I communicate with teachers throughout the district, I hear an increasingly alarming number of stories from teachers who have been assaulted by their students.”
Perhaps you or a colleague are one of the growing number of educators who have been assaulted by a student.
Tell the Judiciary Committee to support SB 1163
Email members of the Judiciary Committee who represent your town and tell them to support Senate Bill 1163. Click here to find a list of Judiciary Committee members, their email addresses and suggested points to use in your email. If you have a personal story regarding this issue, please share it with your legislators.
Dr. Barstow during his time at CEA.
Dr. Robbins Barstow, a former CEA employee, turns ninety today. His many contributions to the State of Connecticut are being recognized by Governor Rell and she has proclaimed today, October 24, 2009, Dr. Robbins Barstow day.
Dr. Barstow worked at CEA for thirty-four years as Director of Professional Development. He graduated from Dartmouth and received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut .
Barstow has worked tirelessly in efforts to “Save the Whales” and is the founder of the Connecticut Cetacean Society. He is also an amateur filmmaker whose work was selected to be used in the recently aired PBS documentary, The National Parks. You can watch some of his films here and read about his home movie of a contest-winning family vacation to Disneyland in 1956 here and here. Many of his films are part of the Library of Congress’ collection of historic motion pictures.
CEA staff put together portfolios for CEA’s annual Summer Leadership Conference. At the table, from left, are Ann Stratton, Affiliate and Member Services Associate; Cheryl Hampson, Administration and Finance’s Membership Associate; Linda Carlson, Communications Associate. Behind them are Michelle Tine, Administrative Assistant to the President and Mary Behrens, Affiliate and Member Development Administrative Assistant.
CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference begins Monday and staff are putting the final touches on preparations. Over 600 people are attending this year’s conference, which is being held at Mohegan Sun.
The two and a half day conference features 26 different workshops and mini-sessions on a range of topics. On Monday night, CEA members will be honored during the CEA Awards Dinner. Senator Chris Dodd and National Teacher of the Year Tony Mullen will also speak during the conference.
The Summer Leadership Conference is CEA’s largest annual event and much work goes into the planning for months beforehand. Sue Fulleton, Director of Affiliate and Member Development, Mary Behrens, Affiliate and Member Development Administrative Assistant, and Elizabeth Antonopoulos, Events Planner coordinate the conference.
If you are attending Summer Leadership this year, please remember to
1. Bring your membership ID card with you. There will be opportunities to win a Target gift card at lunch if your membership number is called!
2. Register with ProTraxx to receive CEUs.
CEA staff offer workshops for members all year round – even during the summer. Recently field representatives Michele Ridolfi O’Neill and Gayle Hooker organized a resume workshop for members who have lost teaching positions.
Torrington Human Resources Director Bill Joslyn also presented at the workshop, which covered job search suggestions, how to structure a resume, cover letter stragegies, and interviewing tips. The workshop was held in Middletown and was free to members searching for employment.
CEA offers 28 different workshops and mini-sessions during the annual Summer Leadership Conference. Over 600 participants have already registered for Summer Leadership, which takes place August 3-5 this year.