CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference will take place August 4-6 this year with a new focus and some new workshop offerings. The new program aims to build capacity in locals to engage more members in collective actions.
The conference will feature keynote speaker Jonathan Kozol and a variety of workshop tracks. There are tracks for negotiators with various levels of experience as well as tracks on grievance processing, teachers and the law, organizing, and teacher evaluation.
See the conference brochure for complete workshop offerings and more information.
Contact your local president to register. Each local association is able to send several members to the conference free of charge.
CEA sponsors the Sparks Conference to help newer members take charge of their profession, classroom, and future. The conference gives newer members the chance to learn about and discuss issues that are of concern to them with other new members.
The Sparks Conference was held April 24-26 at the Old Taber Inne in Mystic. Participants heard from CEA staff members and officers, worked together to brainstorm ideas and discuss important topics, and exercised their bodies as well as their minds with morning yoga.
Members who attended spoke highly of the program. Below are quotes from a few of them.
“It is a great opportunity to learn about things that affect you everyday, and to learn about how the union can impact your ability to provide your students with your best.”
“It was a great chance to get to know more about the union and to network.”
“Sparks is a great way to find out more about what CEA and NEA really do and why they are important.”
CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference is held for two and a half days in August every year. Tracks and electives allow you to gain CEU’s as well as leadership training to help you and your local become more effective.
This year’s conference is being held August 3-5 at Mohegan Sun.
2009 New Teacher Conference at Mohegan Sun
On Saturday, March 21, new teachers from around Connecticut gathered at Mohegan Sun for the annual CEA conference.
The 2009 conference offered 13 breakout sessions on subjects from special education principles and practices to podcasting.
The keynote address by Sally Ogden was titled “Words Will Never Hurt Me: Dealing with Power Struggles, Difficult
People and Put Downs”.
Sally Ogden is an energetic and charismatic teacher and speaker with 32 years of classroom experience. She has taught French and Psychology in both middle and senior high schools in Jefferson County, Colorado. Currently, she directs workshops and conferences for teachers and parents throughout the United States.