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NEA Foundation Grants Support PD and Student Achievement

Teachers frequently need outside funding for classroom resources and funding to engage in meaningful professional development.  The NEA Foundation has grants available to current NEA members to help with both.

NEA Foundation Student Achievement grants, support teachers in helping students learn how to think critically and solve problems. The NEA Foundation is currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects.

Through the Learning & Leadership grants, the NEA Foundation supports the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

  • individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research, and to
  • groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

The foundation gives preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

For both grants two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.

The third and final 2018 deadline for applications for both grants is coming up October 15.

Find out more and then apply for either the Student Achievement grants or the Learning & Leadership grants.

 

Building Rep Reminds Teachers of the Many Benefits of CEA Membership

“A union allows teachers to be stronger,” says Cooperative Education Services Education Association building rep Marilyn Della Rocco. “Together we can accomplish more and have more of a voice.”

Della Rocco, a preschool teacher at Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport who also serves as co-vice president of her local association, says it’s very important for teachers to be engaged with their union because there are many groups who seek to erode teachers’ rights.

“The rights to a half-hour lunch, being able to have prep time, having class sizes that are appropriate to the developmental stage of the children—these are all things teachers enjoy today because our union has fought for them over the years,” she says. “Without a union, things would be very different.” Read more

After a Fire, Plainfield Memorial School Community Shows What’s Possible

Just two weeks ago, Plainfield Memorial School students and teachers had no idea where they’d be starting their school year after a fire caused extensive damage to their school building. Yet, thanks to the generosity, hard work, and dedication of a community pulling together, 350 fourth and fifth graders are back at school today with their teachers, ready for the year ahead.

“These two weeks have taught me something about kindness I’ll never forget,” says principal Natasha Hutchinson.

“Our whole school initiative is talking about grit. Boy, have we shown grit,” says fifth grade teacher Jessica Phaneuf.

When Jessica Phaneuf found that the classroom she’d be using with her fourth graders lacked cabinet doors, she quickly improvised a solution.

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Litchfield Teachers Kick-Off the Year on a Bright Note

Litchfield faculty and staff enjoyed a rousing back-to-school welcome from HoWiE Roll, a band made up of faculty, staff, and a student, who brought a musical touch and upbeat energy to this morning’s convocation.

Band HoWiE Roll, which opened Litchfield Schools’ convocation, features music teachers Peter Perkins and Dan Porri, student Matt Bove, school nurse Theresa Simaitis, principal Kristen Della Volpe, administrative assistant Tammy Knox, and paraprofessional Jen Gleason.

Dan Porri, a music teacher at Litchfield Intermediate School who plays bass in the band, says the band initially formed almost a decade ago when Litchfield High School Principal Kristen Della Volpe came to the district. Della Volpe thought a faculty band would add enthusiasm and excitement to the first day of school, and the band has been performing at convocations ever since. They’ve added other school gigs as well, playing at a battle of the bands, the high school pops concert, and more. Read more

Special Edition of the CEA Advisor in Your Mailbox

You may have already received your special edition of the CEA Advisor—if not it will be in your mailbox soon. Like all issues, you can also read it online.

With a new school year Connecticut teachers are facing many challenges and opportunities, some familiar and some new. Learn more about

Change Is on the Horizon This Back-to-School Season

Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell welcomed superintendents to a new school year at the State Department of Education’s annual back-to-school meeting.

While the last weeks of summer vacation bring much of the same back-to-school prep across Connecticut as they do every year, superintendents and other education leaders attending the Commissioner of Education’s annual back to school conference yesterday looked ahead to some changes that could have a big impact on Connecticut classrooms.

The laws and policies that govern much of what happens in schools are set by politicians, and, with elections taking place this November, the winners elected to these crucial positions will have the ability to shape our schools for years to come. Read more

Educator Certification Shortage Areas for 2018-19

If you’re working under an endorsement that is considered a shortage area you may be eligible for benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance.

Based on a survey done in the fall, the State Department of Education every year releases the Certification Shortage Areas for the coming year. All of the shortage areas for 2018-19 remain the same as in 2017-18.

The designated shortage areas for 2018-19 are as follows: Read more

Teachers Run Statewide Relay in Support of Safe Schools

As students around the country marked the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, teachers in Connecticut sent a clear message that they, too, are pushing for stronger congressional action on gun violence in classrooms.

Representing all eight counties in Connecticut, dozens of teachers took part in a statewide relay race to the State Capitol—Running for Our Lives—to build on the momentum of a student-led movement demanding action for safer schools. Educators came from every part of the state, wearing colors they chose to represent their counties.

Runners wear a rainbow of colors to represent the counties where they teach.

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CEA Helps Schoolchildren and Families Receive Free Dental Care

CEA partnered with the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach this year to get the message out about a no-cost clinic at Torrington High School April 20-21. Now in its 12th year, the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) clinic provides free dental care to those who are underserved or uninsured.

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Holding English- and Spanish-language flyers distributed by CEA, Ana Francisca Flores and her seven-year-old son, Rosbin Osvaldo Flores, made the trip from Bridgeport so that Rosbin could get fillings—an expense many families cannot afford.

Julie Eagan, who came with her 15-year-old son, Jonathan, learned about the clinic through flyers posted at Torrington Middle School. CEA distributed hundreds of flyers to teachers and schools administrators in the hopes that families in need of services would know that there are no-cost options available. The CTMOM free dental clinic offers people of all ages a wide range of oral healthcare, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, X-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, root canals, limited partial dentures, and general health screenings.

“The cost of dental care leaves many unable to afford it,” said Torrington Education Association President Mary Juliano. “The dental clinic provides an invaluable charitable service to the residents of Connecticut, especially those in the northwest corner. To be able to come to Torrington High School and receive a dental cleaning free of charge is wonderful, and it is my hope that many adults and children will take advantage of the opportunity.” Read more

An Open Letter to State Legislators

“Increasing property taxes for residents is not the comprehensive solution Connecticut needs to balance the state budget. We need a budget that works for all of us,” a coalition of ten organizations, which includes CEA, has written legislators.

Proposals to balance the state budget by shifting costs to cities and towns don’t sit well with Connecticut voters. The coalition of education organizations and groups representing cities and towns is urging legislators to reject these proposals.

Join us. Contact your legislators.

Tell your legislators to oppose any plans that will shift the cost of teacher retirement contributions from the state to cities and towns. A cost shift will lead to higher local property taxes and cuts to much-needed services in our communities.

Read the coalition’s open letter to legislators.