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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

Despite Opposition, Board of Education Approves Controversial Teacher Prep Program

CEA Educational Issues Specialist Michele O'Neill was of many who raised concerns about Relay at today's State Board of Education meeting.

CEA Educational Issues Specialist Michele O’Neill was one of many who raised concerns about Relay at today’s State Board of Education meeting.

In spite of serious concerns raised by teachers, CEA leaders and staff, state university deans of education, and community members, the State Board of Education today voted to allow the controversial Relay Graduate School of Education to begin operating in Connecticut. Relay provides a shortcut to teacher certification whose methods and outcomes have repeatedly been called into question.

“Relay teachers do not receive the same training other teachers do,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “Instead, they are given a crash course in teaching that focuses on increasing student test scores, not student skills. There are no do-overs for the students whose classrooms are managed by unprepared, inexperienced teachers who weave their way into the profession through these dubious, subpar teacher training programs.” Read more

Update on Proposed Certification Changes

The State Board of Education met this Wednesday and began a discussion of the proposed certification changes.  Mary Loftus Levine, CEA Director of Policy and Professional Practice, and Linette Branham, CEA Educational Issues Specialist, spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting.  They urged the Board to listen to what educators have been saying about the problems with the proposed certification changes.

Nearly 150 educators spoke at the five certification hearings the State Department of Education held this spring, and many more attended the hearings and/or submitted written testimony.  Thank you to all who spoke out on this issue.

The State Board of Education will be continuing discussion of the proposed changes at their July 7 meeting. They will then vote on these changes at either their July or September meeting.

CEA put together the video below with excerpts from the certification hearings and shared it with the State Board so they could listen (as well as read) your testimony first hand.

Your Teaching License at Risk – Speak Out at a Public Hearing

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Watch what your colleagues shared about how certification changes will affect them at a recent hearing.

The State Department of Education (SDE) is proposing some dramatic changes that could upend critical certification regulations and put your teaching license at risk.

Hundreds of  CEA members attended the first three of five scheduled public hearings on these certification changes,  and urged SDE officials to reconsider their proposed regulation revisions.  Watch what they had to say.

Teachers testified that the proposed certification changes in three areas — special education, literacy, and teacher leadership — are unrealistic, costly, and poorly conceived. They said the proposals set teachers up for failure; and will have a devastating impact on teachers, students, and school districts.

The SDE needs to hear from you too. Every additional voice adds to the impact and lets the SDE know how devastating changes will be for students, teachers, and public schools.

Teachers need to tell the SDE to reconsider these proposals by testifying at the final two hearings later this month. The hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 at the Education Connection (RESC), 355 Goshen Road, in Litchfield, and Thursday, April 29, at ACES, 205 Skiff Street, Hamden. Both will be held from 3 to 6 p.m.

Sign up to attend one of the hearings.  If you can’t attend you can still submit written comments.

SDE officials need to hear why their proposals won’t work — and why the proposed certification changes would be damaging to teachers and students.

You can learn about the impact these proposals will have on teachers and join CEA’s efforts to change them by clicking here.

TEAM, Certification Requirements, Professional Development – What You Need to Know About Important Changes

TEAM replacing BEST, new certification requirements, professional development committees – legislative changes are affecting teachers in Connecticut and you and your colleagues need to be informed.  Don’t wait until changes have already occurred in your district and it’s too late for you to have a voice.

Come to one of CEA’s Professional Issues Updates to learn more about the changes, find out how you can have input in your district, and understand how CEA can help your local.

CEA is encouraging a five to six person team from every local association to attend an update.  Your team ideally will include your local president, one or two other executive board members, and three teachers willing to serve as your local association’s information contacts for professional development, TEAM, and certification information.

There are five more Professional Issues Updates occurring this fall (dates and locations below).  If you haven’t already signed up for one, go to www.cea.org, find Upcoming Events on the left side of the homepage, and click on the Professional Issues Update session you are interested in attending.

  • Tuesday, October 20 – Red Barn restaurant, 292 Wilton Rd., Westport
  • Thursday, October 22 ‐ Mystic Marriott, 625 North Rd., Groton
  • Monday, October 26 – Inn at Woodstock, 94 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock
  • Tuesday, October 27 – Eli’s on Whitney, 2392 Whitney Ave., Hamden
  • Thursday, November 19 – Georgina’s, 275 Boston Turnpike, Bolton

All sessions will begin with registration and hors d’oeuvres at 4:00 pm, followed by the presentation and a Question and Answer period from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact Linette Branham at linetteb@cea.org.

Legislative Changes and How They Affect You: Attend a CEA Update to Learn More

CEA is offering Professional Issues Updates this fall at locations around Connecticut.  We are encouraging teams from every local association to attend and hear about 2009 legislative changes that affect you and your district.

Some of the important issues that will be discussed at these update sessions include:

  • Updated information about the TEAM program which will replace BEST
  • Explanation of changes to certification that were passed this year
  • Information about a new requirement that districts have professional development committees that include bargaining unit representatives.

We are encouraging a five to six person team from every local association to attend an update session.  Your team ideally will include your local president, one or two other executive board members, and three teachers willing to serve as your local association’s information contacts for professional development, TEAM, and certification information.

To sign up for one of the Professional Issues Updates go to www.cea.org. On the left side of the homepage find Upcoming Events and click on the Professional Issues Update session you are interested in attending.

The sessions will be held on the dates and at the locations listed below.

  • Tuesday, October 13 – Chowder Pot , 165 Brainard Rd., Hartford
  • Thursday, October 15 – Crystal Peak, 164 Torrington Rd., Winchester
  • Tuesday, October 20 – Red Barn restaurant, 292 Wilton Rd., Westport
  • Thursday, October 22 ‐ Mystic Marriott, 625 North Rd., Groton
  • Monday, October 26 – Inn at Woodstock, 94 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock
  • Tuesday, October 27 – Eli’s on Whitney, 2392 Whitney Ave., Hamden
  • Thursday, November 19 – Georgina’s, 275 Boston Turnpike, Bolton

All sessions will begin with registration and hors d’oeuvres at 4:00 pm, followed by the presentation and a Question and Answer period from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact Linette Branham at linetteb@cea.org.