The first years in a classroom are some of the most exciting and memorable in a teacher’s career—as well as the most challenging.
CEA invites new (and experienced) teachers to gather insights and advice at our annual conference for early career educators. The conference will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Mystic Marriott in Groton.
The conference is free and open to members only, and participants may choose from more than a dozen timely workshops to help hone their skills—from managing behavior, developing data-based interventions, and supporting struggling readers to streamlining grading time, acing your evaluation, and planning for retirement.
The half-day conference includes continental breakfast and lunch.
View the conference agenda.
Across the country, teachers have lost their rights to bargain for decent salaries, benefits, and working conditions. Some groups are working to take away those basic rights from Connecticut teachers, too. Learn how to protect your rights and why standing united is more important than ever at the CEA Summer Conference this August.
This year’s conference is being held at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell, August 6-7, and is focused on organizing, working conditions, and member engagement. Participants can choose one workshop that takes place over the two days on topics from addressing aggressive student behavior to negotiations to being an advocate for your profession. In addition, all participants will receive training on member engagement, signing up members, and action planning.
Learn more and register to attend.
If you are an educator with six years or less in the classroom and are looking to improve your skills, plan to attend CEA’s New Teacher Conference on April 1 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel in Groton.
From culturally responsive teaching to the intricacies of the teacher evaluation process to Google Apps for Education, the conference sessions will explore everything that beginning teachers need to know. The event will feature Waterbury teacher Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, as the keynote speaker.
The cost of the conference is $20 and includes lunch. Your local Association may reimburse your cost.
Click here for the brochure.
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.