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Help Fellow NEA Members Affected by Disaster

Large-scale disasters cause tremendous devastation and strife for NEA members and their families. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to the NEA Oregon Wildfires Relief Fund and/or the NEA Hurricane Laura Relief Fund.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with these lessons, activities, videos, and more.

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Students, School Staff, and Families at Risk Due to Lack of State Policy Following COVID-19 Outbreaks

State mandate, transparency, and open communication must guide local and regional districts to keep everyone safe.

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Enter to Win a Jeep Compass from California Casualty

Join NEA Member Benefits partner California Casualty in its effort to stop distracted driving, and enter for a chance to get home safely in a new 2020 Jeep Compass.

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NEA Members Can Receive Two Free Magazine Subscriptions

NEA Member Benefits offers NEA members two free magazine subscriptions per year. Choose from a variety of popular, iconic titles brought to you by the NEA Magazine Service.

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Teacher Creates DIY Desk Barriers for a COVID-Safe Classroom

Like many educators, New Milford teacher Dr. David Mirto is worried about how the return to school might impact his family and his own health.

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Students Are Back in School, but Safety Varies District to District

Most Connecticut students are now back in school, but reopening has not gone smoothly in all districts. Four districts have already been forced to close schools because of COVID-19 cases, and many more have students and staff members who are currently quarantined.

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Free, Confidential Hotline Available for Teachers Managing Stress and Anxiety

A free, confidential hotline is available to help teachers manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus crisis. Get connected to a trained professional for immediate assistance.

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September Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

As an NEA member you can save on everything from an iPad to flowers to a new or used car. Remember to check out the deals and discounts available to you this September and every month.

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Legislators Question SDE About School Reopening

“These are hard, difficult times we’re in,” State Rep. Robert Sanchez told his colleagues on the legislature’s Education Committee. “I hope we see all children going back to school in the next couple of weeks and there are no spikes, but we’ll see what happens.”

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‘Plan for the Worst and Hope for the Best,’ Recommends Litchfield Local President

Some students are returning to Connecticut schools this week, others go back next week—Litchfield students were among the first in the state and headed back to school last Wednesday.

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Advice and Tips for Early Career Educators

This back-to-school season is challenging for all educators, but it can pose specific hardships for those at the beginning of their careers. That’s why NEA has created resources to support new educators at the beginning of the school year and beyond. Check out the podcast, video, blog posts, webinars, and more—or share them with your…

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Receive a $25 Gift Card for Your Completed Auto Quote

The NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program by California Casualty saves members an average of $423 a year. Each policy includes educator specific benefits, free ID theft protection, pet injury coverage, and exclusive member-only rates.

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It’s Back-to-School, and CEA Is Here for You

In this back-to-school video message, CEA leaders explain the importance of continuing to speak out for safe schools.

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East Haven Teachers Rally for Safe Schools, Delayed Opening, and Hybrid Plan

“We cannot guarantee the safety of our students or our teachers when schools reopen next week,” Mike Archambault, East Haven Education Association Vice President told the members of the East Haven Board of Education last night.

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Moratorium on Federal Student Loan Payments to Continue Through December 31

The moratorium on federal student loan payments will continue automatically through December 31, without penalties or the accrual of interest. In addition, federal borrowers will receive credit toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness and loans in the federal rehab process without having to make a payment. As with the original relief package, the president’s order does not affect private student loans. 

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Share Your School Reopening Concerns

Send an email to the governor and commissioner to share your concerns about school reopening.

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Unions Band Together for Safe Schools

Support core principals aligned with CEA recommendations Read the unions’ 13 reopening standards Read CEA’s Safe Learning Plan and Updated Recommendations Watch News Conference Unions across the state have joined together calling for reopening schools in person only if districts can guarantee that physical safety protocols can be met to keep students, teachers, and staff…

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Region 12 Teachers Hold Virtual Rally, Make Sure Board of Education Knows They’re Paying Attention

When the Region 12 Board of Education held a meeting earlier this week to vote on the district’s reopening plan, teachers showed up in force.

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Bridgeport Teacher Joins Colleagues on CBS This Morning to Share Concerns About School Reopening

Connecticut’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Sheena Graham, a Bridgeport music teacher, joined teachers from New York and New Jersey on CBS This Morning to share concerns about schools’ ability to manage the coronavirus spread.

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Community Donations Help Students and Teachers

Cars dropped off backpacks filled with crayons, markers, notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, erasers, tissues, hand sanitizers, and dozens of other items students and teachers will need when they go back to school during a supply drive spearheaded by iHeart radio personality Renee DiNino.

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Leading and Teaching with an Equity Lens

Sometimes opportunities disguise themselves as obstacles, said one of the nearly 70 participants in a virtual training for teacher leaders. The topic was equity in education, and the question was how to achieve it.

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Back-to-School Supply Drive This Wednesday in Hartford

CEA is teaming up with our colleagues at AFT Connecticut in support of a Teacher and Student School Supply Drive sponsored by iHeartMedia Connecticut’s Community Access program.

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New Social and Emotional Learning Course Available to All Connecticut School Staff

A new, free course from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence aims to help educators care for their own well-being so they can better support their students.

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Reps. Hayes and Courtney Talk School Reopening With CEA Members

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August Deals and Discounts From NEA Member Benefits

Remember to check out the deals available from NEA Member Benefits for savings on everything from appliances to computers to cell phone plans.

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Mortgage Assistance Program for Teachers

Are you considering buying a home? If you’re a first time home buyer, check to see whether you qualify for the Connecticut Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program. The Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program offers home loans at below-market interest rates to Connecticut public school teachers. To be eligible for the program, you must be employed as a…

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This Wednesday, Hear From Reps. Jahana Hayes and Joe Courtney on School Reopening

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CEA and AFTCT respond to Governor Lamont’s announcement to provide funding for school reopening plans

“Governor Lamont’s announcement of an additional $166 million to support school reopening plans is welcome news for educators and parents across the state. It demonstrates that the collective voices of teachers, support staff and communities during last week’s car caravans across Connecticut were heard. “Now is the time to also provide clear, updated safety guidelines…

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Guidance for Equitable, High-Quality, and Culturally Responsive Remote Learning Plans

In collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education and public education advocates the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University has developed guidance to support districts in creating equitable, high-quality, and culturally responsive and sustaining remote learning available to all children, no matter what their home situation and their education and language needs.…

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Washington Weighs In: Reps. Jahana Hayes and Joe Courtney on School Reopening

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Governor Listens to Teachers’ Concerns During Roundtable Discussion; Announces Additional Flexibility for Reopening

CEA and AFT Connecticut organized a meeting between the governor and teachers and were pleased that the governor responded to teachers’ concerns regarding the need for safety, equity, funding, and flexibility.

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Teachers Take Their Message to the Streets in Safety First Car Caravan Rallies Across the State

Across the state, students, parents, and community members joined School Safety First Car Caravans to demand safe school reopening plans.

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Washington Weighs In: Senator Chris Murphy on School Reopening

More than 70 CEA members who are local leaders in their associations joined a virtual meeting with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy this week to hear congressional plans and challenges when it comes to school reopening.

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NEA Virtual Town Hall – Reopening America’s Schools and Campuses Safely and Equitably

Join NEA for a virtual town hall to discuss how parents, educators, students, and communities can advocate for the safe reopening of public schools, facilities, and campuses.

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COVID-19 Webinar Series with Dave Melnick

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Bloomfield Teachers Organize Black Lives Matter March

Hundreds turned out for a community march for students, teachers, and families—Black Lives Matter in Bloomfield Schools—organized by Carmen Arace Intermediate School fifth grade teacher Mary Kay Rendock and her colleagues throughout the district.

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Teachers Facing Challenges With District Reopening Plans

Districts around Connecticut are preparing to send their reopening plans to the State Department of Education by tomorrow’s deadline, but how those plans have been developed and the provisions they contain vary widely by district.

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CEA School Safety First Car Rally

Join your colleagues in Hartford or at one of the simultaneous rallies being held in towns across the state and send a strong message to the governor that safe schools save lives and any school reopening must focus on safety, equity, and funding. WHO: All educators, staff, parents, students, and others supporting a safe school…

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NEA Answers Questions on Returning Safely to In-Person Instruction

Recent NEA webinars covered a lot of ground, including CDC guidance on how to reopen for in-person instruction and when to reclose, accommodations for high-risk groups, federal leave laws, waivers, health and safety committees, and bargaining for the common good to protect school communities during a global pandemic. Find out more and watch the webinar here.…

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Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on Governor’s Pledge to ‘Have Teachers’ Backs’

While we appreciate Governor Lamont’s pledge of “safety first” for our students and schools and his word that he will “have teachers’ backs” when it comes to masks, sanitizing, and social distancing, local districts need assurance that state funding will be provided for virus-related expenses.

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CEA Virtual Summer Experience Coming August 3-5

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Enter to Win an Academic Award

This week is your last chance! Enter to win $2,500 to put toward teaching supplies and school-related items courtesy of California Casualty, the NEA Auto & Home Insurance provider. The contest ends July 17. Realizing that every dollar counts when it comes to educating children, California Casualty created the $2,500 Academic Award to offset the amount NEA…

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State Board of Ed Waives Three School Days, Discusses Reopening Plan

The State Board of Education today voted to offer a waiver to Connecticut school districts for three of the 180 days usually required by state statute. Those three days could instead be used at the start of the school year for additional PD for staff, classroom set-up for educators, to provide social emotional services or…

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Check Your Email for a Survey From CEA

All CEA members should be on the lookout for a survey that is being emailed to you today or tomorrow by CEA President Jeff Leake. CEA and NEA are conducting a representative and scientific survey of CEA members because we want to hear your concerns regarding the state’s reopening plan.  Be part of the conversation.…

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Governor, Education Department Answer Questions About School Reopening Guidelines

During a webinar today State Department of Education (SDE) officials, joined by Governor Ned Lamont and Acting Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Deidre Gifford, answered questions submitted by educators and parents on a range of topics that included many health and safety concerns. While today’s webinar was a step toward answering teachers’ and parents’…

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How to Request an Absentee Ballot to Vote in the August 11 Primaries

The election this November 3 will be as important as any before it for students and teachers. Elections for federal and state positions will have wide-reaching impacts on everything from keeping our schools safe during the pandemic, to education funding, to involving educators in the decision making processes. For the first time ever in Connecticut,…

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NEA Webinar: Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction

NEA’s Office of General Counsel and Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy teams will host a webinar about returning to in-person instruction this Friday, July 17, at 3 p.m.

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CEA Members Join National Colleagues for Virtual NEA Representative Assembly

This year’s National Education Association Representative Assembly, themed Our Democracy; Our Responsibility; Our time was unlike any other, as more than 7,000 delegates logged in virtually to conduct the organization’s business.

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Vital to Address Teachers’ Concerns About Reopening Plan

Teachers have numerous concerns about Connecticut’s plan for school reopening, and CEA leaders are talking with members daily and working on ways to make sure these issues are addressed.

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New Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate Would Help Schools Reopen Safely

A new bill introduced by U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Chuck Schumer would be an important move toward allowing schools to open safely this fall. The Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act includes $175 billion for K-12 schools, $12 billion for special education, and $4 billion for the E-Rate program to narrow the digital…

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Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Voucher Supporters, Including DeVos

The U.S. Supreme Court today handed a victory to those seeking to divert money away from public schools and expand voucher programs. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that Montana must reinstate a voucher program and allow parents to use their vouchers at religious as well as secular private schools. “Let’s be clear about…

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Teachers Respond to School Reopening Plan

Teachers are concerned about a plan to return to school in the fall that doesn’t include testing or screening of staff and students, limits on class sizes, or provisions to ensure social distancing. Since the plan was released yesterday, many CEA members have been speaking out and sharing their concerns with Connecticut media outlets. “There…

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Connecticut Announces Plans to Fully Reopen Schools in the Fall

At a press conference this afternoon Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona announced reopening guidelines for schools that raise many questions and concerns for educators and parents. The guidelines include no class size caps, staggered schedules, or requirements for COVID-19 testing. “The reopen plan that we’re asking all districts to complete must include…

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Court Rules CT Schools Must Offer Special Education Services to Age 22

A landmark court decision is likely to have a significant impact on the state’s special education student population and a financial impact for school districts. Earlier this month a federal district court ruled that, consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Connecticut school districts must offer a free, appropriate, public education to special…

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NEA Tele-Town Hall Looks at Ensuring Equity and Racial Justice in School Reopening

Thousands of educators around the country last week joined a tele-town hall on education equity and safe school reopening. Organized by the National Education Association and moderated by award-winning reporter and C-SPAN host Jesse Holland, the event featured a live Q&A with NEA Vice President Becky Pringle and NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “Despite…

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Black Lives Matter Rally This Saturday in East Hartford

The death of George Floyd and those of other African Americans as well as the inequities some of their students face weigh heavily on the minds of many educators. To show their support for their students and community the East Hartford Education Association Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission is organizing a peaceful rally and march this…

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Mindful Moment: Relieve Tension

Simple acupressure techniques can help eliminate or reduce stress. Learn a few easy activities you can use and teach your students. Watch this week’s CEA Mindful Moment video.

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Mindful Moment: Bird by Bird

This series of short videos from CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field illustrates how mindfulness can enhance the overall well being of students and teachers. This week’s video is about the mindfulness lessons birds can teach us.

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Survey: Tell Us About Distance Learning Inequities

Teachers are rising to the challenge and educating their students in the most extraordinary circumstances.

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What Will School Look Like in the Fall?

Connecticut’s elected officials, health experts, education stakeholders, and others agree that when school resumes this fall, it is unlikely to look like school pre-COVID. Safeguards will need to be in place to protect students and staff against exposure to a virus that has no available vaccine and is still not well-understood. Protocol will need to…

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Funniest Home Videos—Teachers Share Trials, Tribulations, Tips, and True Stories from Distance Learning

A virtual forum hosted by CEA brought elementary school classroom teachers, special education teachers, media specialists, literacy coaches, school social workers, and others together to share tips, tricks, and challenges—and a few laughs—related to distance learning. Among the hurdles teachers reported: “Different schools and districts are comparing themselves to each other, but we don’t all…

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Stamford Teachers Voice Opposition to Proposed Budget Cuts

Teachers are working tirelessly to provide distance learning during an unprecedented pandemic and are keeping students engaged and learning while providing a slice of normalcy and stability for them and their families. When schools reopen, students will need additional supports to catch up and deal with the trauma caused by the pandemic. Now is not…

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Let Go and Feel Free

Are you holding on to anger or resentment? They could be causing you undue anxiety and stress. Watch this week’s CEA Mindful Moment video, and learn activities to help you let go and enhance your well-being.

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Stratford Teachers Answer the Call to End Hunger

On a regular Saturday, the parking lot at Victoria Soto Elementary School in Stratford’s south end sees some 150 families come through for a monthly food pickup from the Connecticut Food Bank. Lately, however, those numbers have nearly doubled. And the same teachers who have spent the first Saturday of every month this school year…

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Science Teacher Finds Novel Way to Help Healthcare Workers

When Brookfield High School science teacher Heather Biancheri learned of the impact COVID-19 was having on members of her community, she did what many fellow educators around the state began doing: helping those most vulnerable with food delivery and more. “I began volunteering to deliver food each week to senior citizens to keep at-risk people…

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Gratitude Helps Reduce Stress

Learn how taking a few minutes for gratitude meditation can increase positive feelings. Giving yourself regular reminders of what you’re most grateful for can have a powerful impact on your body and mind. Find out more by watching this week’s CEA Mindful Moment video.

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We’re in This Together

During these challenging times teachers are going above and beyond to learn new skills to reach their students. Watch CEA members from around Connecticut describe teachers’ role during this health emergency.

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President Signs $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package

The aid package the U.S. House passed this afternoon and President Trump has now signed into law includes $13.5 billion in dedicated aid for K-12 schools and billions more for child care and nutrition services. Among the elements of the bill are: Immediate stimulus checks for most households—up to $1,200 per person and $500 per…

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CT Schools to Remain Closed Until at Least April 20

In a press conference this afternoon Governor Ned Lamont announced that the earliest Connecticut schools will be allowed to re-open is April 20. To support students who are out of school for an extended time, the governor said that the state is working to get laptops and internet access for more children. The Partnership for…

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CEA Issues Guidelines for Teachers, Schools to Protect Against Coronavirus

As the threat of coronavirus disease spreads, CEA is working with Governor Ned Lamont, State Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, and others to ensure that Connecticut’s public schools are prepared. “We must be proactive about ensuring the health and safety of our students, teachers, and school communities,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “CEA is…

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West Hartford’s Future Educators of Diversity Share Achievements, Plans

Future Educators of Diversity were at the top of the agenda at West Hartford’s Board of Education meeting this month, where the Board and community members learned about the organization’s mission, achievements, and planned activities. Future Educators of Diversity was piloted in West Hartford, where it has grown and is very active. Since then, similar…

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Stay Up to Date This Legislative Session AND Get a Chance to Win a $25 Gift Card

The 2020 session of the Connecticut General Assembly begins tomorrow. Though it’s a short session (three months compared to the five the legislature meets in odd-numbered years), it’s sure to be packed with many issues for lawmakers to tackle. Stay up to date on all the education-related happenings at the legislature this session by subscribing…

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Happy Holidays From CEA

CEA President Jeff Leake, Vice President Tom Nicholas, Secretary Stephanie Wanzer, and Treasurer David Jedidan—and all of us at CEA—wish you happy holidays and a wonderful 2020.

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Subscribe to BlogCEA for a Chance to Win

Keeping a finger on the pulse of public education in Connecticut is important—especially now, with so many expectations being made of teachers and our profession. It’s never been more important to stay up-to-date with your union and all the latest education news affecting Connecticut teachers. Here at BlogCEA we want to make sure you as…

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How to Conduct a Summer Financial “Tune-up”

Summer’s here and the time is right for … financial planning? That’s right. For educators who are busy during the school year, there may not be another opportunity to do so. And before you know it you’ll be back in the classroom. So consider following these steps from NEA Member Benefits to ensure you’re on…

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Scholarship Giveaway for NEA Members

NEA Member Benefits is offering NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash to reward you for your dedication and help you further your own educational pursuits. Now through August 31, 2019, you can enter each month. If you’re the lucky $5,000 winner, you could choose to fund professional development courses for yourself, cover some…

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12 Resources for Teaching Flag Day

History of the Stars & Stripes Flag Day Celebrated A brief description of Flag Day for students in grades K-5 with images and audio files. Today in History: June 14th: Flag Day Text, images, songs, and links to additional resources for grades 6-12. Our Flag ( PDF, 11.4 MB, 56 pgs.) A background resource with history…

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CEA Joins Rally Calling for Moral Budget

DUE Justice, a coalition of organizations demanding a fair, just, and moral budget, came together for a rally at the State Capitol this afternoon. The coalition, which includes CEA and AFT Connecticut, is asking the governor and legislators to pass a budget that fully funds neighborhood public schools, makes housing and healthcare affordable, protects vital…

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Computer Science Education in the Spotlight at State Capitol

Connecticut high school students showed off their computing chops at a legislative reception honoring the winners of the Congressional App Challenge. The event—in which winners from each of the state’s five congressional districts exhibited their work at the State Capitol and demonstrated for legislative leaders what’s happening with computer science education in their schools—was hosted…

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At Representative Assembly, CEA President’s Message Focuses on Strength in Solidarity, Diversity

The 171st CEA Representative Assembly continued Saturday morning, with nearly 400 delegates—teachers from every part of the state—in attendance. Addressing delegates as CEA president for the first time, veteran Cheshire teacher Jeff Leake urged teachers to continue the fight to protect students, public education, and the teaching profession; combat social and racial injustice; and grow,…

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Teachers Honored, Officers Elected at CEA RA

Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body. CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and…

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CEA Seeks Input from Teachers of Color to Increase Diversity in the Profession

Nearly 40 educators met and mingled at the first-ever Hartford Regional Ethnic Minority Teacher Social hosted by CEA on Monday. The event was an opportunity for teachers of color to network, discuss ways of diversifying a predominantly white teaching force in Connecticut, and explore avenues for becoming more involved at all levels of the union—from…

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New Program Seeks to Recruit, Retain Minority Teachers

CEA is developing and supporting a number of initiatives—from public policy to practice—to ensure that Connecticut’s teaching force better reflects the diversity of its student population. Lisa Cordova, president of the CREC Education Association, testified this morning before members of the State Board of Education about one such initiative—created by CREC—that is aimed at recruiting,…

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Retired Teachers Lobby Legislators to Support Teacher Pensions and More

In an overwhelming turnout for Retired Teachers Lobby Day, hundreds of former Connecticut educators gathered at the Legislative Office Building this morning to meet with their elected officials about issues critical to public education and the teaching profession. Among the biggest of these are funding teacher pensions and avoiding a proposed cost shift.   “We…

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Exploring How Teachers Can Combat the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Despite the tremendous progress Connecticut has made in reducing the number of incarcerated youth over the past 10 years, a troubling trend continues: Black and brown children continue to come in contact with the juvenile and criminal justice system in disproportionate numbers compared to their white peers. Studies have confirmed that bias is one factor—meaning…

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These Members Won a CEA Swag Bag – and So Can You

This month, all members who subscribe to BlogCEA are being entered for a daily chance to win a CEA swag bag. The BlogCEA bag contains a flash drive, cell phone pocket, clip, and more. For your chance to win, just click here and subscribe today. Winners for the first part of February are

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Subscribe and Bag Some Swag

With recent cuts to state education funding, a new legislative session about to start, and the future of teachers and public education at risk it’s never been more important to stay up to date on the latest education news affecting Connecticut teachers. Here at BlogCEA we want to make sure you as a CEA member…

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