Waterbury high school teacher and National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes spoke at the NEA Representative Assembly July 7. Photo by Scott Iskowitz/NEA.
In addition to being an inspirational and dynamic teacher with a compelling story, National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes is also a proud union member. Addressing the 7,500 NEA members gathered for the last day of the NEA Representative Assembly Thursday, she told the educators, “I am able to soar because my union keeps me grounded.”
Hayes, a history at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, knows all too well that teachers can accomplish more for their students when they join together and have the support of a union. She thanked CEA President Sheila Cohen, Waterbury Teachers Association President Kevin Egan, and her Waterbury colleagues for their support. Read more
“If I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, educators will have a partner in the White House—and you’ll always have a seat at the table,” Hillary Clinton told delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly today. “I have this idea that when we’re making decisions about education, we should actually listen to educators.”
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee talked to the over 7,500 elected delegates from around the country, including 130 from Connecticut, about the need to provide all children with a high-quality education, reduce the emphasis on testing, and give more much-needed support to educators.
“Tests should get back to their original purpose and provide useful information to teachers and parents so that you know and parents know how our kids and schools are doing in order to help them improve,” Clinton said. “When you’re forced to teach to a test, our children miss out on some of the most valuable lessons and experiences they can gain in the classroom. And it hurts our low-income kids and communities the most.” Read more
This July Fourth, some of your Connecticut colleagues are busy in Washington, D.C., serving as members of the world’s largest democratic deliberative body: the NEA Representative Assembly (RA). From July 4-7, 130 CEA members are joining the over 7,500 elected delegates who are representing three million NEA members. Delegates will debate the vital issues that affect American public education and set NEA policy and activities for the year ahead.
Earlier this year, CEA members elected their peers to represent their concerns as delegates to the NEA RA. Delegates represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the NEA membership. Read more