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Register Now For CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference

Summer is right around the corner—don’t forget to make plans to attend CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference. This year’s conference, which will take place July 31 – August 2 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center, will emphasize how members can stand up and be strong voices in support of their students and the teaching profession.

CEA is offering a variety of workshops and mini-sessions to help you and your local become more effective. Workshop topics range from beginning negotiations to organizing against the workplace bully to helping new teachers survive and thrive—and much more.

Each local association may send up to eight free attendees this year. Please contact your Local Association President prior to registering to determine if you are eligible to attend at no cost.

See the conference brochure for more information.

Click here to register.

Cohen Kicks Off 2016 CEA Summer Leadership Conference

CEA President Sheila Cohen opened the 2016 Summer Leadership Conference.

CEA President Sheila Cohen opened the 2016 Summer Leadership Conference.

“We must put the joy of teaching back into teaching. We must put the joy of learning back into learning.”

That was the message CEA President Sheila Cohen gave to more than 550 teachers at the CEA Summer Leadership Conference today.

In her welcoming remarks, Cohen encouraged members to get involved and do what is necessary to improve teaching and learning for Connecticut’s children.

“Students shouldn’t be unhappy coming to school because we are testing everything out of them,” she said. Read more

Teachers learn to work collectively

Individually, teachers are champions of quality education. But sometimes the challenge can be to help them see how much more they can accomplish collectively—rather than individually— to accomplish their goals.


Ten members of the East Hartford Education Association attended the organizing track at CEA’s Summer Leadership conference.

It’s a challenge that teacher Marcia Ferreira does not take lightly. In fact, she and others on the East Hartford Education Association (EHEA) leadership team have amassed a team of ten educators to participate in CEA’s Summer Leadership track on organizing.

“One of the things I want to accomplish during my training is to learn how to best communicate to my members. I want to illustrate for each and every EHEA member how much we share a common purpose. Just to name a few priorities: We all care about the conditions of learning and teaching. We all need time to collaborate with colleagues as we deal with all the new demands placed upon us. We all need a strong voice to address new standards and new high-stakes standardized tests,” Ferreira said.

Ferreira, a math coach, is proud that her team of ten includes teachers who have no prior experience with union activism. “It’s exciting, and it represents how much EHEA wants to be inclusive defined by an atmosphere of trust. EHEA members should celebrate together as well as plow ahead—even against the odds—when that is necessary,” Ferreira said.

Expanding parental engagement is another of Ferreira’s priorities. Community outreach will be on the agenda in her training, and she expects to share what she learns with her colleagues. “We want to build bridges with the community, and parents will be the centerpiece of our efforts in the immediate future, she added.


EHEA President Marcia Ferreir (on right) and Vice President Annie Irvine (on left) said the organizing track provided them with tools they can use to help build capacity.

Annie Irvine was one of the ten East Hartford teachers who participated in the CEA Summer Leadership Conference. The EHEA vice president said it’s a great opportunity to refine her leadership skills, so she can help organize her colleagues, especially new teachers.

“We need to work together to get all of our members involved in the union. Most new teachers are not thinking about the big picture. They are focusing on their students and their day-to-day classroom activities, but we know they have potential beyond the classroom, we just need to focus on ways to get them involved.”

Irvine continued, “We have selected a diverse group of teachers to attend the conference—from union leaders to those who have never been involved before. They all have something different to offer and we hope they will learn, understand the role of the union, and share their experiences with their colleagues.”

One of the most important areas Irvine says must be developed is the EHEA’s communication infrastructure.

“We have an important election coming up and we need to inform teachers of all the option, and get them the information they need to help elect pro-education candidates,” she said.


With the focus on organizing, CEA’s leadership conference is under way

A teacher is one of the most trusted people in his/her community, according to public opinion polls. So, it stands to reason, when groups of teachers band together to organize on critical issues, they can make a powerful difference.

Local union after local union—affiliates of CEA—have countless examples of what’s been accomplished when teachers work together. Never satisfied to rest on their laurels, however, 176 teachers yesterday began their training in CEA’s Summer Leadership track on organizing—the centerpiece of CEA’s annual leadership program.

Torrington teacher Carrie Phillips, along with four of her colleagues, is participating in the exciting new program. “We have many committed members of the Torrington Education Association (TEA), but our goal is to interest a greater number in becoming activists,” says Phillips.

She continues, “I see a great deal of talent and dedication among our newer TEA members, and I want to communicate effectively about what we can accomplish together. The best local associations are inclusive and driven by shared decision making. I want TEA to be all that it can be and that is inextricably linked to member activism.”

According to Phillips, a strong TEA is a critical voice in the community. “There’s no downplaying the reality that good working conditions make great learning conditions for our students. Relationship building is important both within our association and when reaching out to the community to develop approaches that increase student achievement and promote strong communities. The bottom line is that we want to make high-quality public education a reality for each and every youngster. ”


Teachers abuzz about Kozol’s speech

Jonathan Kozol’s speech this morning at the CEA Summer Leadership Conference hit a nerve with teachers when he said, “Using test scores to judge teachers is an absolute atrocity, even as one element of a teacher’s evaluation, it’s unfair to schools, teachers, and young children.”


Educator and author Jonathan Kozol told CEA members that the nation’s obsession with testing is having consequences that are devisive for a democratic nation.

Ashley Porter, an animal science teacher in Region 1, said Kozol was inspirational.“I was glued to him. He mirrored what a lot of us are really thinking.”

Amity social studies teacher Peter Downhaur agreed. “It was really good that he discussed not using test scores to judge, but to use them to help improve our instruction. That’s what we do as teachers and what’s beneficial.”

Ronda Ranft, a teacher in Region 6, said Kozol was “very truthful” about what’s happening in education today.

“It was a powerful message about change and the persistent inequities in public education,” she said.

Jennifer Aguzzi a Madison teacher, said Kozol’s words were especially meaningful because she’s been doing a lot of work and research on teacher evaluation. “Our district has been a critic of the state’s top-down approach to teacher evaluation. His speech was very validating to the work we’ve done.”

After his speech, dozens of teachers waited in line to speak with Kozol and get autographed copies of his latest book, Fire in the Ashes.

Fairfield teacher Jeannette Faber acknowledged Kozol’s role as a champion of children and an advocate of a strong voice of educators in public policy development.

“Unfortunately, policymakers aren’t listening like they should or taking the actions that are necessary,” she said.

Jonathan Kozol signed copies of his book for teachers, including Jeannette Faber of Fairfield.

Jonathan Kozol signed copies of his book for teachers, including Jeannette Faber of Fairfield.

To watch video of Kozol’s speech and read a full report on his remarks,
click here.


Register for CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference

CEA Summer Leadership Brochure 2013As the school year winds down, you’re probably looking ahead to plans for the summer. Have you signed up for CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference yet?

The annual conference is a great way to learn new strategies for your classroom, find out how to get more engaged with your local association and CEA, and meet other teachers from around the state.

A wide variety of tracks, electives, and leadership training is offered to help you and your local become more effective.

The conference takes place August 5-7 at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center. Contact your local association’s president to see if you are eligible for reimbursement.

Read the conference brochure for full details and to find out more, and then register here.

Sign Up for CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference

Summer Leadership Conference BrochureRegistration is now open for the CEA Summer Leadership Conference, August 1-3, 2011.  This two-and-a-half day conference is offered annually the first week in August. Tracks and electives cover a wide variety of topics, and members can earn CEUs with some tracks.

The conference is being held at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center again this year. It provides a great opportunity to learn and network with colleagues.

View the complete Conference Brochure for more information and/or sign up online here.  You will need your member ID number to register, but if you don’t remember it, you can look it up on

CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference Off to a Great Start

The first day of CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference was a great experience for the teachers attending.  Below some participants share what they enjoy about Summer Leadership and what they’re hoping to learn in the workshop tracks they’re taking.

Eric FeeneyEric Feeney, Kingsbury School, Waterbury

“Summer Leadership provides an excellent opportunity to learn and network . The tracks are educational and informative.  The people are wonderful.”

Leonille KadambaLeonille Kadambaya, Fitch High School, Groton

“I will learn a lot from my two workshops, Teachers and the Law and Current Issues in Public Education.  I also enjoyed the Minority Leadership Conference yesterday.  All of the above will make me grow professionally and become a better teacher.”

Jessica BialobrzskiJessica Bialobrzski, Valley Regional High School, Regional District 4

“I am here because I joined my local association as secretary for my County Council this year.  I am enrolled in the mentoring track, and hope to learn skills that will benefit me and teachers new to my district.”

Marcia FerreiraMarcia Ferreira, Langford Elementary, East Hartford

“I would love to learn the technology skills our local needs to keep up and stay updated with new technology.”

If you’re here at Summer Leadership, leave a note in the comments and share what you’re learning or what you like about Summer Leadership.

It’s Almost Time for CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference!

CEA staff put together portfolios for CEA's annual Summer Leadership Conference. At the table, from left, are Ann Stratton, Affiliate and Member Services Associate; Cheryl Hampson, Administration and Finance's Membership Associate; Linda Carlson, Communications Associate. Behind them are Michelle Tine, Administrative Assistant to the President and Mary Behrens, Affiliate and Member Development Administrative Assistant.

CEA staff put together portfolios for CEA’s annual Summer Leadership Conference. At the table, from left, are Ann Stratton, Affiliate and Member Services Associate; Cheryl Hampson, Administration and Finance’s Membership Associate; Linda Carlson, Communications Associate. Behind them are Michelle Tine, Administrative Assistant to the President and Mary Behrens, Affiliate and Member Development Administrative Assistant.

CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference begins Monday and staff are putting the final touches on preparations.  Over 600 people are attending this year’s conference, which is being held at Mohegan Sun.

The two and a half day conference features 26 different workshops and mini-sessions on a range of topics.  On Monday night, CEA members will be honored during the CEA Awards Dinner. Senator Chris Dodd and National Teacher of the Year Tony Mullen will also speak during the conference.

The Summer Leadership Conference is CEA’s largest annual event and much work goes into the planning for months beforehand.  Sue Fulleton, Director of Affiliate and Member Development, Mary Behrens, Affiliate and Member Development Administrative Assistant, and Elizabeth Antonopoulos, Events Planner coordinate the conference.

If you are attending Summer Leadership this year, please remember to

1. Bring your membership ID card with you.  There will be opportunities to win a Target gift card at lunch if your membership number is called!

2.  Register with ProTraxx to receive CEUs.

Summer Leadership Conference


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.