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New at Summer Leadership: Mini Sessions


Cheshire 30-year veteran teacher Tracy Ajello and Torrington teacher Michael McCotter, entering his fourth year, practice broaching tough topics in the mini session Difficult Discussions.

Sometimes good things come in small packages—and that was the case on the final day of CEA’s 2017 Summer Leadership Conference. Day 3 featured a packed morning and afternoon of 90-minute workshops on a wide range of topics, including student debt, teacher evaluations, educator autonomy, culturally competent schools, adult learning theory, engaging members in political campaigns, trauma-informed practices, legal rights in the special education process, Section 504, and more.

“It’s my first time at Summer Leadership, and I just came for the day of mini sessions,” said North Haven teacher Jennifer Frederick. “I’m especially interested in new laws and policies affecting our classrooms. As a regular education teacher with special education students in my classroom, I’m also seeking support in that area as well as using Google apps in my classroom—which is covered in one of the sessions I signed up for.” Read more

CEA Summer Leadership Conference: August 1-3

SLC 2016Summer 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 August 1-3 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.

In response to the needs expressed by members, the conference will focus on organizing in the areas of professional development and working conditions. New offerings, Building Representatives/Emerging Leaders and Organizing Against the Workplace Bully, will join tracks on beginning and advanced negotiations, organizing for a stronger local, teacher evaluation, and more.

Contact your local Association president if you are interested in attending. Locals are eligible for full funding for the cost of the conference for as many as eight participants.

See the conference brochure for more information.

CEA Members Learning, Supporting, Connecting

Teachers in the New Negotiators track at CEA's Summer Leadership Conference collaborate with colleagues.

Teachers in the New Negotiators track at CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference collaborate with colleagues.

To become the best teacher you can be you need time to engage with quality professional learning, make connections with fellow educators, and receive support from your teaching colleagues. Every August Connecticut teachers come together to do just that thanks to CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week 370 CEA members are gathered at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center to further their professional knowledge, expand skills on union issues, and collaborate with colleagues from across the state.

Members are participating in tracks on a range of issues from Teachers and the Law to New Negotiators to Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development. Tracks help local Association leaders learn to be strong advocates for the teaching profession so that they can support their colleagues to have a voice in the process and implementation of education initiatives that impact their students.

Amy Carta, vice president of the Education Association of Cromwell, and treasurer Kristina Matuskiewicz are new to their roles in their local Association and are attending a track on organizing to learn how to better involve new members. “The session is very good,” Matuskiewicz said. “We now have a clear understanding of how things work in other districts and are getting ideas from our colleagues.” Read more

Have You Registered for Summer Leadership Yet?

SLC brochure 2014CEA’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.

Expectations High for Summer Leadership Conference

CEA’s annual Summer Leadership conference is underway at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center. Hundreds of teachers are in attendance taking workshops to learn new strategies for the classroom, finding out how to get more engaged with their local associations and CEA, and meeting other teachers from around the state.

South Windsor teacher Joe Camire is attending the conference for the second time. “I really enjoyed the conference last year and am looking forward to learning more this year, specifically, how to work with WordPress and create a communications vehicle for our local,” he said.

Sprague teacher Deb Labbe, a first-time attendee, also looks forward to learning and networking at the conference. “I am hoping to learn about the grievance process from the bottom up. With the implementation of the new teacher evaluation process, there may be some new grievances, and I want to make sure we are prepared and know all the rules to help our colleagues,” she said.

The teachers share a commitment to student success and the teaching profession, and many want to take a more active role in the union so they can advocate for their colleagues.

“It’s very rewarding to be involved and have knowledge about the union in order to be more helpful to teachers who need assistance with minor or major issues,” said Southington High School teacher Stephen Victor. “When you are involved, you really appreciate and understand all that the union does to help teachers and the profession,” he said.

The conference runs through Wednesday, August 7.

CEA member performing at Mohegan Sun

Suffield Middle School music teacher Laura Noonan will performi with her band at the Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun on Monday, August 5 from 8 – 9:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

Noonan is the lead singer in Avenue Groove, a Connecticut-based band dedicated to playing “get out of your seat and dance music.”

For more information visit Avenue Groove.