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Learn About Loan Forgiveness, Teacher Retirement, and More With CEA Online Trainings

CEA is hosting a variety of free, timely, online trainings, just for you.

Upcoming webinars include a Degrees Not Debt virtual seminar where you can get information about loan forgiveness programs, workshops about preparing for retirement, and a yoga class especially for teachers.

Google Classroom – Rubrics, Grading & Collaborating

April 21, 3:30-4:30pm

Are you comfortable using Google Classroom? Are you doing all you can to engage and teach your students using this platform? CEA members are invited to a free webinar that will help you improve your knowledge of Google Classroom and ultimately the learning environment for your students. Read more

Register for the CEA Early Career Educators Conference

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.

REGISTER TODAY.

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.

 

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted through February 1, 2020, for the 2021 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship—a year of professional development that includes a summer field study in South Africa.

The fellowship is an opportunity for K-12 educators to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

NEA Foundation Global Learning fellows participate in a 12-month professional development program that includes in-person workshops, online coursework, webinars by leading experts, peer learning, and a field study experience.

The Foundation welcomes applicants with global experience as well as those who have never left the country. The top requirement for the program is caring about the world and sharing that passion with students.

Apply at www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/global-learning-fellowship/.

CEA Guide Makes Teacher Evaluation Simple

What happens when you find out you’re being evaluated for the first time… in June?

What if you never received feedback on your last observation—and your next one’s coming up?

Are your student learning objectives (SLOs) appropriate? Do you have any say in setting them?

Get the answers to these and other questions in CEA’s free guide, updated for 2019-20, Teacher Evaluation Made Simple, available exclusively to CEA members.

Quality Professional Development for You From CEA

The CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities, aligned with Connecticut’s professional learning standards, to improve teaching practice and enhance student learning.

CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field leads a teacher evaluation workshop.

Through the CEA Professional Learning Academy, members can attend free workshops, conferences, and trainings developed by experienced educators, administrators, and experts in law and special education. CEA is a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

CEA offers workshops and seminars on dozens of topics, including  Read more

Griswold Teacher Brings Back Key Lessons from Holocaust, Genocide Workshop

Materials distributed at a recent workshop show educators how to create thoughtful lessons from tragedies such as the Holocaust and help students draw meaningful lessons from them.

Two days after the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that claimed the lives of 11 Jewish worshipers, Griswold High School social studies teacher Hannah McNeil found herself in a discussion with other teachers about the difficult and important lessons that arise from human tragedies fueled by bigotry and hate.

An early-career teacher, McNeil was one of many educators—including new and veteran history and English teachers, department chairs, and college professors—at a workshop titled Teaching Holocaust and Genocide, hosted by the University of Hartford.

Connecticut’s public school teachers have gained increasing access to professional development opportunities such as this one since the passage of Senate Bill 452 this past spring. Supported by CEA and signed into law in May 2018, the legislation has added Holocaust and genocide education and awareness to the required courses of study for Connecticut’s public schools. Read more

Jahana Hayes Delivers Inspiring Message at CEA’s New Teacher Conference

“You chose this profession because you wanted to make a difference, and that means standing on the front lines for democracy,” CEA President Jeff Leake told nearly 200 educators gathered for CEA’s 18th annual New Teacher Conference on Saturday. “It means protecting education for the common good; keeping schools safe for our students; fighting discrimination; and resisting political interference into our classrooms while acknowledging that politics affects our work, our livelihood, our communities, and our planet. Because we are on the front lines for democracy, we will always rise to our duty to educate for democracy, stimulate critical thinking, and shape global citizens.”

2016 National Teacher of the Year and Congressional Candidate Jahana Hayes gives the keynote address at CEA’s New Teacher Conference.

Pointing to a “CEA Stronger Together” button he wears every day, Leake added, “This reminds us that our collective voice is so much more powerful than just one voice and that the best way to improve the fate of our students, our profession, and our communities is through the collective action of democratic, independent unions.” Read more

Quality Professional Development for You From CEA

CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field leads a teacher evaluation workshop.

The CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities, aligned with Connecticut’s professional learning standards, to improve teaching practice and enhance student learning.

Through the CEA Professional Learning Academy, members can attend free workshops, conferences, and trainings developed by experienced educators, administrators, and experts in law and special education. CEA is a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

CEA offers workshops and seminars on dozens of topics, including  Read more

Professional Development Just Got Better

CEA is proud to announce we are a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

As part of a recent push to provide teachers with meaningful professional learning rather than strictly compliance-based training, CEA has developed a catalog of Professional Learning Academy workshops that can be incorporated into your school or district’s formal PD days or offered separately. These will be offered at little or no cost.

For more information or to schedule a professional development workshop, contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy at 860-525-5641 or myprofession@cea.org.

CEA Testifies: Support Meaningful PD, Oppose Shortcuts to Teacher Certification

CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field testified before the State Board of Education today on streamlining the state’s PD requirements.

CEA staff testified before the State Board of Education (SBE) today on two issues important to teachers and public schools: professional development and teacher preparation/certification.

CEA, which is now a State Department of Education designated provider of PD for members, schools, and districts, served on a task force that recommended changes to professional development legislation, allowing districts greater flexibility to offer more meaningful PD instead of strictly compliance-based training. Read more