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Safety First: Student Assault Laws & Teachers’ Rights

UniServ Rep Suzanne Haviland addressed East Hartford and Manchester teachers at a recent workshop.

CEA UniServ Representative Suzanne Haviland addressed East Hartford and Manchester teachers at a recent workshop.

Teachers are often most familiar with the support their union provides when it comes to negotiating contracts or filing grievances. The support that CEA staff offers to members extends far beyond those issues, however, as teachers in East Hartford and Manchester found out recently.

Teachers in both districts have seen a sharp rise in problematic behavior among students in recent years. From out and out assaults to a variety of troubling behaviors, some students’ actions and the lack of policies and procedures to address them have been severely impacting classroom learing and the morale of the teaching staff. Read more

Attend a CEA Workshop to Learn About and Plan for Retirement

Retirement WorkshopWhen will you be eligible for retirement? How should you decide which retirement plan to choose?  How can you purchase additional service? How will your Social Security benefits be affected? Comprehensive retirement workshops offered free of charge to all CEA members will answer all of these questions and more.

The workshops, presented by CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho, will cover a wide range of issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System and will offer time for questions following the presentation. Read more

Workshops Support Teachers in Making Their Voices Heard: Sign Up Now

Manchester teacher Cristina Rodrigues talks with Vernon Education Association President Kevin about legislative education proposals at a CEA workshop last week.

CEA Reforum workshops are being held around the state this month. At a recent Reforum, Manchester teacher Cristina Rodrigues talked to East Granby Education Association Co-President Kevin Iapichino-Dorr about legislative education proposals.

A Manchester teacher says she sometimes feels like she’s in her own little world in her classroom, but she now has a solution: come to a CEA workshop. Second-grade teacher Cristina Rodrigues had never attended a CEA workshop before but she realized, “I need to know what’s going on.” After attending a CEA Reforum in Rocky Hill she’s now encouraging other CEA members to sign up.

Eight Reforums are being held around the state this month and there’s still time to sign up. CEA members are learning about education funding and the governor’s budget proposal, school safety issues and CEA’s member survey, and teacher evaluation and professional development.

Glenn Spencer, a Bloomfield Education Association Building Representative, said that he attends CEA events like the Reforum in order to be a better advocate for the members in his local. “I like to come so I can inform my colleagues,” he said.

Sign Up for a Reforum Workshop

Upcoming Reforum workshops will be held at the dates and locations below. Registration and hors d’oeuvres start at 4:00 p.m. and the program runs from 4:30 – 6:30.

Sign up by clicking here. You will need to enter your member ID number. (If you don’t know your ID number, click here.)

  • Monday, February 25 – Trumbull Marriott, Trumbull
  • Monday, February 25 – The Spa at the Norwich Inn, Norwich
  • Tuesday, February 26 – Georgina’s, Bolton
  • Tuesday, February 26 – The Italian Center of Stamford, Stamford
  • Wednesday, February 27 – Heritage Hotel, Southbury
  • Thursday, February 28 –  Crystal Peak, Winsted
  • Thursday, February 28 – Cascades, Hamden

Why Your Stories Matter

Last year teachers played a pivotal role in making sure education reform legislation reflected the realities of the classroom. Joanne Gay, CEA Director of Education Reform Initiatives, told members that the meetings teachers had with legislators in their home districts last year made a big difference.

“The numbers of teachers that came out for the meetings greatly impressed legislators,” said Gay. “There were more than 145 face to face meetings with legislators last year. The voice of CEA teachers was heard. We must continue to speak up for our profession,” she said.

CEA  Research and Policy Development Specialist Ray Rossomando said that when legislators sit in a room for an hour with teachers, “legislators learn a lot that they didn’t realize about teaching.”

“You don’t necessarily have to understand all the details of a legislative proposal” in order to give feedback, said Rossomando. He said it’s enough to be able to give legislators examples about how policies affect you, and say, for example, ‘we’re now paying for supplies out of our pockets that the board of education used to cover.’

Legislative Changes and How They Affect You: Attend a CEA Update to Learn More

CEA is offering Professional Issues Updates this fall at locations around Connecticut.  We are encouraging teams from every local association to attend and hear about 2009 legislative changes that affect you and your district.

Some of the important issues that will be discussed at these update sessions include:

  • Updated information about the TEAM program which will replace BEST
  • Explanation of changes to certification that were passed this year
  • Information about a new requirement that districts have professional development committees that include bargaining unit representatives.

We are encouraging a five to six person team from every local association to attend an update session.  Your team ideally will include your local president, one or two other executive board members, and three teachers willing to serve as your local association’s information contacts for professional development, TEAM, and certification information.

To sign up for one of the Professional Issues Updates go to On the left side of the homepage find Upcoming Events and click on the Professional Issues Update session you are interested in attending.

The sessions will be held on the dates and at the locations listed below.

  • Tuesday, October 13 – Chowder Pot , 165 Brainard Rd., Hartford
  • Thursday, October 15 – Crystal Peak, 164 Torrington Rd., Winchester
  • Tuesday, October 20 – Red Barn restaurant, 292 Wilton Rd., Westport
  • Thursday, October 22 ‐ Mystic Marriott, 625 North Rd., Groton
  • Monday, October 26 – Inn at Woodstock, 94 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock
  • Tuesday, October 27 – Eli’s on Whitney, 2392 Whitney Ave., Hamden
  • Thursday, November 19 – Georgina’s, 275 Boston Turnpike, Bolton

All sessions will begin with registration and hors d’oeuvres at 4:00 pm, followed by the presentation and a Question and Answer period from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact Linette Branham at

CEA Workshops Offered Year Round

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.