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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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Summer Experience Sessions Rescheduled Due to Tropical Storm Isaias

Due to the damage and widespread power outages caused across the state by Tropical Storm Isaias, five CEA Summer Experience sessions have been rescheduled. Here is the updated schedule. Teacher Rights and Responsibilities in a Virtual Teaching Environment  Tuesday, August 11 3 to 4:30 pm How to Engage Students in Conversations About Race (K-5) –…

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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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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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Member Stories

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 Teacher Opens Her Heart and Home to Newborn in Need

Teachers often feel the tug—from parents, community members, and their own heartstrings—to go the extra mile for the students in their care, far beyond the hours of the school day or the walls of the classroom. Nowhere is that truer than in the home Luciana Lira, a Stamford ESL/native language and bilingual teacher who is…

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Mansfield Teacher Grocery Shopping and Raising Money for Those in Need

Teachers who are caring for young children or elderly relatives or who have other responsibilities to balance while learning new platforms and teaching their students are stretched incredibly thin right now, but many teachers who have the time are finding ways to give back. Mansfield teacher Louis Goffinet is one of them. The twenty-six-year-old Lebanon…

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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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The Etiquette of Video Conferencing: Teacher Shares How to Set Clear Expectations for Secondary Students

As learning has moved online in many districts, especially among secondary students, there has been a learning curve for both students and teachers. Video conferencing tools can enhance student-teacher interactions, but only if proper steps are taken to manage security issues and make sure students know how to use the platform appropriately. Stratford teacher Kristen…

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Region 16 English Teacher Named Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Woodland Regional High School’s 600-plus students rose to their feet and cheered as beloved teacher Meghan Hatch-Geary was honored in a surprise ceremony announcing Connecticut’s 2020 Teacher of the Year (TOY). The announcement came this morning at the Beacon Falls school where she and her husband, building rep Paul Geary, teach English. “We are so…

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Connecticut Schools Celebrate Halloween

In ways big and small, many Connecticut schools are celebrating Halloween today. Here are just a few of the fun activities and costumes making it a special day for students. Avengers of the Atheneum: Making informational literacy available for all! @1FarmingtonHS pic.twitter.com/Yf3SKi9l7M — Jessica-Lynn Johnson (@MrsJohnsonFHS) October 31, 2019 DMS STARS Halloween Pizza Party ?…

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CEA Members Share Why They Became Teachers and What They Love About Teaching

Teachers all have their own reasons for choosing the teaching profession, but ultimately it comes down to a love for their students and a desire to make a positive difference. Teachers who participated in a CEA ad campaign share why they decided to become teachers, what they love about the profession, and how they build…

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Teachers Speak Up, Share Stories With Legislators: Join Them

Teachers have a lot to say on issues from their pensions to classroom safety this legislative session, which is why local associations around Connecticut are meeting with their legislators and making their voices heard. “Politicians make decisions that affect our students and our profession,” says Hamden Education Association Vice President David Abate. “Sitting back and…

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Hear How Your Colleagues Are Welcoming Their Students and Celebrating Diversity

“My favorite thing about teaching in a public school is that I get to meet people from all walks of life,” says Bridgeport teacher and 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Sheena Graham. Why public schools? “Every child deserves an education, and public schools are the best way to provide that education,” says Marlborough teacher…

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Disrupted Learning: Oregon Teachers Share Their Stories, and You Can Too

There’s a crisis of disrupted learning not just in Connecticut, but across the U.S., and the Oregon Education Association today released a report on the conditions students and educators are facing in schools. Some Oregon teachers talked to a local news station about the disruptions they face daily. Teachers in Connecticut experience many of these…

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Windsor Choral Teacher Cheers on Former Student, Finalist on The Voice

A teacher’s good work often shines in her students, and for Windsor High School choral director Tracee White, the product of her hard work now shines on television. White is the former teacher of rising star Kymberli Joye, a current finalist on NBC’s television reality competition The Voice. Joye’s vocal talents have landed her a…

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Griswold Teacher Brings Back Key Lessons from Holocaust, Genocide Workshop

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…

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How Connecticut Schools Honor Veterans

Many schools around Connecticut are closed tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day, which is why schools around the state honored Veterans and taught students about their service on Friday. From school-wide assemblies to classroom visits by students’ family members who are Veterans, below are some of the ways schools have been honoring Veterans. Our proud…

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Brooklyn Teacher’s Pastime Is a Major-League Hit

Brooklyn Elementary School fourth grade teacher Sean Maloney, a fan of Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, has turned part of his four-acre Woodstock property into a replica of Fenway Park—Red Sox championship banners, scoreboard, stadium lights, and all. True to the movie’s memorable line—If you build it, he will come—Maloney’s own ballfield has…

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Enfield Teachers Donate 1,400 Books to Local Families

Enfield’s teachers are on a mission to create bookworms in their community. For the second year in a row, the Enfield Teachers’ Association (ETA) is adding to local families’ libraries through its community outreach efforts. After the ETA put out a request for books, teachers collected 1,410 gently used titles for young children and adolescents…

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Unions Give Teachers a Voice to Advocate for Students, Says Building Rep

What does your union mean to you? Fairfield Ludlowe High School teacher Sara Goepfrich, who serves as a building rep in her school, says it’s easy to be an island in your own classroom and do your own thing, but that approach doesn’t work so well when it comes to protecting teachers’ rights and securing…

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After a Fire, Plainfield Memorial School Community Shows What’s Possible

Just two weeks ago, Plainfield Memorial School students and teachers had no idea where they’d be starting their school year after a fire caused extensive damage to their school building. Yet, thanks to the generosity, hard work, and dedication of a community pulling together, 350 fourth and fifth graders are back at school today with…

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Students Uncover, Share Facts About Immigration

Long before #ProtectDreamers was trending, students in Amy Claffey’s Spanish classes at Old Saybrook High School were learning about the vast hurdles undocumented people face—and the misconceptions surrounding them in the communities where they live. In an effort to educate their school about immigrants from Mexico and Central America, Claffey’s students, with help from high…

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Touchdown for Waterbury High School Football

The football equipment necessary to ensure students’ safety can be expensive, and in a district like Waterbury, funding for sports programs is in short supply. “I fill out a lot of funding applications from all kinds of sources, and I often don’t hear back,” says Crosby High School Head Football Coach David Jurewicz, a technology…

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Waterbury Building Rep Brightens Reed School for Colleagues

Building reps are often a teacher’s first point of contact when questions arise—ranging from practical matters to sensitive subjects. They are their colleagues’ contract enforcer, organizer, and spokesperson. A building rep’s job is vital, but it’s time-consuming, and often receives little thanks. That’s why, here at CEA, we’re recognizing building reps around the state for…

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Teachers Share How They Inspire Their Students and Make a Difference

Our students need dedicated, caring teachers to succeed. That’s the message of an ad campaign CEA has been running this month. The ads showcase the importance of every student and every teacher. Several of the teachers who participated in the commercial shoot took the time to share why they love teaching and how they inspire…

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CEA-Retired Member’s Work Highlighted by NEA

NEA Today is featuring retired educators who are still making a difference—and one of those highlighted is Connecticut’s own Jon-Paul Roden. A former CEA-Retired president, Roden was recently elected to his second term on the NEA-Retired Executive Council. Read about Roden’s continuing contributions to the teaching profession below. Jon-Paul Roden Computer Science Teacher, Vernon, Connecticut…

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Bloomfield Teacher, Softball Coach Scores Winning Run for Students

Ninth-grade girls in Bloomfield have been arriving at the high school and joining the varsity softball team never having touched a glove before. Without a town league or a middle school team, there were few opportunities for students to play. Now all of that is changing, thanks to the time and dedication of Carmen Arace…

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Watch: Torrington Community Celebrates Music Education

In an era when arts and music education sometimes lose out to subjects more easily assessed by standardized tests, Torrington is being recognized for choosing a different path. For the 17th consecutive year, Torrington has been named one of the best communities nationwide for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The commitment…

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East Hartford Teacher Helps Students, Families, and Faculty Commit to Stay Fit

Leading into May—National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—the last week of April is Every Kid Healthy Week, which shines a spotlight on students’ health and wellness and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning. “Healthy kids are better prepared to learn,” says Monique Butler, a fifth-grade teacher and building rep at O’Brien Elementary STEM…

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Danbury Students and Teachers Celebrate Cultural Diversity Thanks to Carnival

Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury used to hold a Hispanic Heritage Month event, but as students from Brazil, Portugal, Haiti, and numerous other countries made up larger and larger shares of the student body teachers sought out a more inclusive celebration. Then they hit upon Carnival. The festive season is celebrated in countries around the…

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Connecticut Teachers Share Their Winter Holiday Celebrations

How do you celebrate the holidays with your students? Here are just some of the ways CEA members and their students are having fun during the last days before December break. Happy Holidays! Thank you Chorus Carolers! pic.twitter.com/yDvJrxHkw2 — E.O. Smith H.S. (@EOSmithHS) December 22, 2016

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East Lyme Kindergartners Make the Holidays Brighter for Others

Thanks to the efforts of their teachers and parents, kindergarten students at Flanders Elementary School in East Lyme had the opportunity to find out how good it feels to give this holiday season. Through the Holiday Bear Project kindergarten teachers at Flanders organized their students to purchase gifts for thirteen needy children who attend another…

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Connecticut Teachers Share Their School Thanksgiving Celebrations

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving with your students? Teachers and schools recognize the Thanksgiving holiday in a wide variety of ways depending on the grade level and subject matter they teach. Here are just some of the ways CEA members and their students and schools are giving thanks. #KTM100 We are thankful for our parents…

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Why Public Education?

This year marks the 95th anniversary of American Education Week. The original purpose of American Education Week—to create awareness and support for public education—continues today. Watch CEA members talk about the importance of public education and share why they’ve chosen the teaching profession.

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Tolland High School Students Get Out and (Mock) Vote

Most students at Tolland High School are not yet old enough to vote, but that hasn’t prevented them from civic engagement. Social studies teacher Sarah Goldman’s civics class ran a mock election recently at the school, anView postd the students learned a lot about the electoral process and what it takes to hold an election.…

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CEA Stronger Together: Listening, Learning & Addressing Teacher Concerns

Teachers, parents, and students in Vernon are gathering for a show of solidarity and a “walk-in” at Rockville High School tomorrow to draw attention to the need for the state to fully fund education for all students. It’s part of a nationwide effort to support public education. Schools in Manchester and Bridgeport will also participate…

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Teachers Growing Community Through STEM

The public school teachers who run the Connecticut STEM Academy have a deep belief in STEM’s ability to engage students and in the importance of family and community involvement in student learning. Since its founding in 2012, support from CEA, the NEA Foundation, and other groups has allowed the STEM Academy to multiply its program…

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East Hartford Teachers Strengthen Professional Skills to Benefit Students

When it comes to professional development, research shows that sustained, job-embedded, collaborative professional learning opportunities are most likely to help teachers better support students. The opposite of a morning lecture on a generic subject, this type of learning opportunity requires a substantial time commitment and a focus on the specific skills teachers need for their…

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A New School Year Off to a Great Start

The new school year is a time of new beginnings, new relationships, and new opportunities. Students and teachers around Connecticut are now back at school and getting to know one another and the routines of a new year. Students in East Hampton had their first day back at school this Tuesday. Watch the video below…

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Woodstock Teacher Brings Lessons from Africa Back to Her Students

It was an incredible opportunity—spend ten days in and around Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park leading a professional development course and learning about the park and its mission. Woodstock Academy biology teacher Valerie May jumped at the chance. “It was a big honor to be asked to lead the workshop,” May said. May has worked with…

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Broadway Experience Inspires Cheshire Teacher

Hamilton is the most exclusive show on Broadway, yet Cheshire English teacher Dawn DeMeo was able to join a couple hundred other teachers to not only see the show, but talk to its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, earlier this summer. Both opportunities were thanks to the Broadway Teachers Workshop, which aims to inspire teachers and directors…

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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a Wallingford Teacher!

Students at Pond Hill Elementary School aren’t surprised that teacher Christopher Stone is being recognized this month as a superhero by NEA Member Benefits. Second-grader Trey Foucault said, “I’ve thought of him as a superhero all along—before anyone in Washington found out. He teaches us a lot. He’s really, really fun to be around.” Second-grader…

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National Teacher of the Year Talks Evaluations, Ranking Schools, and Giving Back

“There’s this common misconception that teachers don’t like evaluation, and that’s not accurate at all,” National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes told WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil. In an interview yesterday on Where We Live, Hayes touched on many aspects of her teaching career at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, her experiences growing up,…

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Ready to Take on the Nation, It’s Waterbury’s Own Mrs. Hayes

Look out America! Teacher Jahana Hayes now has a national platform to advocate for students and teachers, as well as raise public awareness about the value of community service. Hayes was named National Teacher of the Year yesterday. Today, at a special program at her school replete with dignitaries from across the state, J.F. Kennedy…

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Retirees Converge on the State Capitol: Ask Legislators for their Support

“It’s important to talk to us and express your views.” That was the message Sen. Paul Formica gave to nearly 100 retired teachers who converged on the State Capitol today for Retired Teachers’ Lobby Day. The event, organized by CEA-Retired, AFT Connecticut, and the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut gave retirees the opportunity to…

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go… With a Book

Sitting elbow to elbow, knee to knee, with books in hand, nearly 300 students filled the hallways at Franklin Elementary School in Stratford today to celebrate Read Across America Day, with their very own Read Across Franklin event. The first-floor hallways—with bulletin boards colorfully decorated with Horton, Hop on Pop, the Cat in the Hat,…

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Future Educators Enhance Skills, Give Back to Community Thanks to CEA Student Program

Over 100 future educators from around Connecticut will be giving up their Saturday tomorrow to come together for professional learning and networking opportunities at the CEA Student Program (CEA-SP) Fall Conference. CEA-SP members have been busy planning the conference, but it’s only one of a variety of projects the group has already undertaken this fall.…

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Experience as Student Motivates Teacher of the Year

How will your students remember you? That was the question Waterbury history teacher and Connecticut 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes posed to her fellow district Teachers of the Year at a ceremony in their honor. The desire to be a positive influence on her students clearly drives the Kennedy High School teacher, who said…

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Waterbury Educator Named Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year

At John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, it does not surprise students that social studies teacher Jahana Hayes is being honored as the new Connecticut Teacher of the Year (TOY). “She’s amazing. She gets us to be the best we can be, reminding us that we have great value. Failure is not an option.…

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Teachers Head Back to School Ready to Build Community in the Classroom

Many Connecticut students and teachers are heading back to school this week, and teachers are setting the stage for a positive school year with projects and activities to introduce themselves to their students and acclimate them to a new classroom and grade level. Students will start back to school at Latimer Lane Elementary in Simsbury…

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Teaching Tool: History Exhibit Showcases CT Stories

Teaching history is all about telling stories. Now Connecticut students have the chance to get a personal perspective on how stories shape history—thanks to a Connecticut Historical Society project titled Connecticut Kids: Your Objects, Your Stories. The project encourages children to share an object that represents a personally significant story. It’s part of a larger…

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Preparing the Classroom for the Youngest Learners

With only a couple of weeks left before many Connecticut schools are back in session, teachers are preparing their rooms and assembling the supplies they’ll need to welcome children back to the classroom. The youngest students often require the most focus on getting comfortable with the classroom environment—after a two-month break, or for the very…

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Unique Learning Experiences for Teachers in Mystic

More than a dozen Connecticut Teachers of the Year (TOY) wrapped up a three-day trip to the Mystic Seaport today. The TOY finalists and semi-finalists were not vacationing, but learning. The teachers spent their days in educational workshops and participated in hands-on activities and guided tours of the Seaport, learning how to improve lesson plans…

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CEA Member Leads Charge for Educator-Positive Language at NEA RA

While it’s a memorable line, it turns out Juliet was wrong. “A rose by any other name” would not, necessarily, smell as sweet. The names and terminology we use affect how we think about and relate to a concept or issue, and that’s why CEA member Bruce Yarnall introduced a New Business Item (NBI) at…

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Bridgeport Bilingual Students’ Work Showcased

Bridgeport Middle School students showed off their talents at the 3rd Annual Bilingual Talented and Gifted (TAG) Expo at Cesar Batalla School on June 4. Student presentations covered a wide variety of topics including science, medicine, history, and debates on several  subjects. The event also recognized students, parents, and community leaders for their support throughout the year.…

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Bloomfield Educators Encourage Reading, Build Community

Bloomfield families now have many new-to-them books to read thanks to a great idea by teacher Jen Coleman. Coleman and other Bloomfield educators organized the first annual Bloomfield Education Association (BEA) Community Book Swap to rave reviews. Over 100 families came and swapped a wide variety of books, from picture books to adult literature. Parent Carla…

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“It’s Like When Dorothy Lands in Oz and the World is Changed from Black and White to Color”

Why do teachers need to get involved and advocate for their own profession? Cromwell fifth-grade teacher and 2013 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger says that, before he was named teacher of the year, he mostly shut his classroom door and tried to be the best teacher he could be. Being exposed to the…

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Rainbow of Readers Celebrate Read Across America Day at Andover Elementary School

Despite a snowy start to the morning, a rainbow appeared at Andover Elementary School today. The entire student body, from kindergarteners dressed in red to fifth graders in purple and sixth graders in pink, came together along with their teachers to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with reading. The rainbow theme, inspired by the Dr. Seuss…

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Courant Featuring Unsung Heroes: Nominate Someone You Know

The Hartford Courant is featuring unsung Connecticut heroes and the paper wants your nominations. According to The Courant, hometown heroes are “the people who rarely grab the spotlight, but who change lives for the better with hard work, compassion, and insight.” Chances are, you know many teachers and other people who are extremely dedicated to…

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Monroe Students Excited by Visit from Special Reading Role Models

Schools are always looking for fun ways to encourage students to get excited about reading, and Stepney Elementary in Monroe was able to achieve that goal recently with a visit from Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team players. The players were invited as celebrity guest readers for a special read aloud at the school. They shared…

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Wallingford Educator Brings Experience in China Back to His Classroom

How can educators infuse global competency in daily lessons? Wallingford teacher Chris Stone, one of only five recipients nation-wide of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, participated in a year-long NEA Foundation fellowship program focused on just that. The fellowship program, which included a trip to China, Stone described as, “the most meaningful professional…

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Teachers of the Year Inspire Lifelong Learning

Connecticut’s 2015 Teacher of the Year praised and thanked her former teachers, Farmington Public School educators, for inspiring her to become an educator, and reminded her colleagues of the…

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Region 6 Recognized for Teacher-Driven Technology Innovation

The benefits of digital learning and innovations in teaching technology in Regional School District 6 were recently recognized by President Obama in Washington, D.C. Ed Drapp, superintendent of schools in District 6, was chosen to participate in a White House summit on technology in the classroom. Drapp, the only administrator from Connecticut, joined more than…

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CEA Student Program Members Want Degrees Not Debt

The Hartford Courant today reports that Connecticut ranks sixth in the nation for the average amount of debt that students carry, and education students are among those suffering under this excessive burden. The facts are staggering: Americans currently owe $1.2 trillion in student debt; seven in 10 college seniors who graduated last year had student…

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East Windsor Educators Honored for Saving Students from Rabid Fox

Two teachers and a school psychologist were honored at a special recognition ceremony yesterday at the East Windsor Board of Education meeting for their heroism and quick actions that helped save the life of a little boy and prevent other students from being attacked by a rabid fox on Sept. 22. Physical Education teacher Elissa…

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Derby Secondary Schools Receive New State-of-the-Art Fitness Center

“Academics and fitness go hand in hand,” actor and fitness pioneer Jake Steinfeld told an auditorium full of Derby Middle and High School students this morning. “When you’re in shape and exercising you’re less fidgety in class and more focused.” Steinfeld was in Derby in his role as chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’…

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Top Teacher Inspires Students to be Smart and Compassionate

“If it wasn’t for Mrs. Quinn, I wouldn’t be who I am today,” East Hartford seventh grader Mya Mason told an assembly of students and state dignitaries at Sunset Ridge School in East Hartford.  “She’s a real role model.” Sixth grade teacher Cara Quinn is no longer a role model just for her own students…

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CEA Members March to Bring Attention to Climate Change

World leaders haven’t done enough to address climate change, according to over 300,000 people who gathered in New York City yesterday. CEA members were part of the diverse group who joined together…

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West Hartford Teacher Brings NASA into the Classroom

Excitement flowed through the fifth-graders in Courtney Jacklin’s class this week — “NASA is in our classroom!” they told each other. NASA’s Digital Learning Network allows schools to video conference with experts on a wide variety of topics, and it’s been a great teaching tool at this science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) magnet school in West…

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Words to live by

Berlin high school students are being greeted by their teachers in new classrooms today, part of the high school’s $70 million, multi-year renovation. Teachers, including Christine Briganti, have been working for the past week to prepare their classrooms for students. Briganti, a second year English teacher, said she’s very excited about the new classrooms. “After…

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Teachers participate in ‘life-changing’ summer learning institute in Mexico

Teachers Kristen Cardona of Killingworth and Marina Outwater of Prospect recently returned from Oaxaca, Mexico, where they participated in a month-long summer institute of learning for educators. The two Connecticut teachers were among 30 educators selected nationwide to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for School Teachers to learn more about Mesoamerican…

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Parents Bolster Teachers with Gestures of Appreciation

Teachers have a renewed spring in their step this week at Uncas Elementary School in Norwich thanks to the thoughtful efforts of the school’s PTO. Parents honored educators during Teacher Appreciation Week with fabulous events and tokens of gratitude that left the teachers feeling valued and supported. “It was just so great,” said kindergarten teacher…

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Waterbury Students Rock the Palace Theater

Waterbury Teachers Association Vice President Ray Santovasi has an impressive resume to share with his students. The music educator, who is based at Wilby High and North End Middle Schools, performs often with national acts and is a sought-after transcriptionist for some of the music industry’s famed drummers, including Melvin “Melly” Baldwin of Justin Bieber’s…

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Impact of Education Reform on Teachers

Why did you become a teacher? What motivates you? How do you want to be remembered? These are some of the questions Berlin social studies teacher and Connecticut’s 2012 Teacher of the Year David Bosso asked his Teacher of the Year peers as part of his doctoral research. He’s written up some of the common…

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Naugatuck’s Read Across America Day Cements Community Ties

In Naugatuck, Read Across America Day not only fosters children’s love of reading, it’s also a day to strengthen relationships and ties between students and schools. High school students gave their time this morning to be role models to younger students by reading to classes at Western Elementary School — some of them reading to a…

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Wallingford Teacher Honored in D.C.

Glamor, pageantry, and the red carpet are a world away from a typical classroom teacher’s job, but Wallingford educator Chris Stone was one of the lucky teachers who got to experience a moment in the spotlight recently. Stone was recognized on the national stage Friday night as one of only five recipients of the Horace…

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Life Lesson for Wallingford STEM Students

Perseverance is not a vague concept to students at Wallingford’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy. It’s a relevant and timely value thanks to a remarkable success yesterday when they established communication with the International Space Station traveling about 300 miles above the Earth’s surface. In October, the students endured a failed attempt to…

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Derby Teachers Say Collaboration is Key to School Improvement

More than 100 educators gathered in New Britain today for an Alliance District Convening to discuss innovative strategies being used to improve student performance in some of the state’s lowest achieving schools. One of the districts highlighted for exceeding goals was Derby. Superintendent Matthew Conway told conference attendees that transformational leaders in the schools are…

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What Teachers are Telling Their Legislators

“They call Windham County the quiet corner, but you wouldn’t know it by the turnout tonight,” CEA Secretary Pat Jordan told the more than 100 teachers crowded into a room at the Gold Eagle in Dayville last night. Jordan welcomed the educators and five members of the Connecticut General Assembly to the first in a…

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Cromwell School Staff Among Many in CT Wearing Green Ribbons Today

Cromwell Public School employees are just some of the many around the state today who are remembering the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and showing their support for the Newtown community by wearing green ribbons. Educators have purchased green ribbons to support the CEA Sandy Hook Memorial and Scholarship Fund.

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Teachers of the Year Support Students and Their Colleagues

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500, including fellow educators, family, and friends gathered at the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Celebration at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford tonight, 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year John Mastroianni delivered captivating, moving, and inspirational words about the power teachers have to shape and transform the lives…

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Plainville Teachers Win School Lounge Makeover

The teachers at Plainville High School were ready for another routine faculty meeting this afternoon when some unfamiliar guests with balloons entered the room. The teachers’ confused expressions quickly gave way to excited applause when they heard the reason for the visit: their school had been selected by NEA auto and home insurance provider California Casualty…

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ACES Educator Selected as Patriotic Teacher of the Year

Teacher Bill Jacobs is known for honoring veterans with an assembly he organizes for his special education students, and this year Jacobs himself is also being honored. Jacobs learned earlier this fall that he’d been selected by the Veterans Council of Greater Bridgeport as the Patriotic Teacher of the Year, and he’s being celebrated today…

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Wallingford Students Experience Ups and Downs of Science

Students in Wallingford’s STEM Academy program were excited this morning as they prepared for a chance to talk with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.  But after many unsuccessful attempts to contact the station via amateur radio as it passed over North America, the group finally had to give up as the station continued…

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West Hartford Music Teacher Named CT Teacher of the Year

West Hartford teachers and music teachers from around the state have a great reason to celebrate today. One of their own, John Mastroianni, Director of Bands at Hall High School, has been named the 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year. During the ceremony announcing the honor at Hall High School this morning, Mastroianni said, “I’ve…

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Educators Remember, Teach 9/11

Most students in school today have few memories of September 11, 2001 — a day with so much significance for the adults in their lives. Educators frequently struggle with how much is appropriate to say at what age, and how to frame a discussion when the painful memories still feel so fresh to many of us.…

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Tony Mullen: This Is Critical Core Knowledge

What content knowledge is truly important to teachers? Greenwich alternative high school teacher and 2009 National Teacher of the Year Tony Mullen shares his thoughts in a piece for pre-service teachers at Mercy College. This year will be more challenging for both teachers and students because we have become a nation obsessed with standardized test…

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It’s Back to School for Connecticut

New students to get to know, new colleagues to share with, and new opportunities to inspire — the first day of school is an exciting time for educators across Connecticut who are welcoming students back to the classroom this week and next. In Marlborough yesterday, teachers were putting the finishing touches on their classrooms and meeting…

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Groton Teacher Needs a Kidney — Can You Help?

Teachers are a generous bunch — offering struggling students extra help after school and donating their time and resources to charities and their local communities. So, it’s not surprising that it can be a bit unsettling when teachers themselves need to reach out for help. “Because a living kidney donor is really the best option…

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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…

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Teachers Learning from Teachers

2009 National Teacher of the Year and Greenwich educator Tony Mullen thinks that all new educators should have the benefit of spending a year with a master-teacher. In a recent blog post for Education Week, he says that if educators had the advantage of a residency experience like doctors do, the retention rate for teachers…

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Lyman Teacher is Awarded for Efforts to Increase Understanding

The spirit of Susan B. Anthony, a pioneer for the women’s suffrage movement, and Prudence Crandall, an American educator and reformer, is alive and well at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, Connecticut, thanks to English teacher Liza Escott. Escott, the school’s diversity coordinator, is the 2013 recipient of CEA’s Susan B. Anthony-Prudence Crandall Equality…

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Teachers Pay Tribute to Veterans in North Haven

The Memorial Day parades are over, but the goodwill created by teachers who marched in the North Haven Memorial Day parade with 50 other civic and community groups lives on. North Haven teachers from the elementary, middle and high schools marched in the annual parade on May 25 to honor all members of the United…

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Alternative Educators Vital for Students Who Need More Options

“The bottom line is, the students I work with wouldn’t be in school at all if their only option was a traditional school,” Wallingford Alternative High School teacher Vicki Gustavson told educators at a recent CEA workshop on alternative and adult education programs. Gustavson was one of the five alternative educators and CEA members on a…

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Teacher of the Year Says Best Evidence of Good Teaching is Found in the Hearts and Minds of Students

“What all of us teach is understanding. Understanding of the world around us and the people in it,” Connecticut Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger told delegates at the CEA Representative Assembly Friday night. Messinger, a former actor, both amused and inspired the nearly 400 educators.  The Cromwell fifth-grade teacher encouraged educators to focus on…

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Teachers Recognized on the National Stage

Teacher Appreciation Week, which starts Monday, helps bring needed attention to the dedication and hard work that teachers around the country engage in every day. Last week that dedication and hard work received the recognition it deserves on the national stage when fifty-four teachers of the year from around the country, including Connecticut’s own Blaise…

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Celebrate the Teaching Profession by Voting for a Fellow CT Educator

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and one Connecticut educator is already feeling very appreciated. Erin Palonen, a Griswold Middle School special education teacher, has been selected as a finalist in the “Top Teacher Search” on the TV show “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Palonen will be the star of a segment aired on the…

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Lyman Memorial Students Learn Through Sharing With Peers

“They’d never get an opportunity like this in the classroom,” Liza Escott said as she looked around at the hundreds of students sharing and learning from one another at Lyman Memorial High School’s Diversity Fair. A student committee planned the fair that involved the entire Lebanon school’s community last week. Students ran the majority of the…

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Pilot Evaluation Districts Share Experiences with Colleagues

“It’s extremely helpful to hear from the pilot districts as we all plan for implementing the new evaluation guidelines next year,” said Shelton High School Principal Beth Smith. The sentiment was shared by the other members of the Connecticut Advisory Councils for Administrator and Teacher Professional Standards who gathered recently for a joint meeting. The…

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Proud to Be an East Hartford Teacher

Dozens of educators wore bright yellow stickers that read, “Proud to be an East Hartford teacher,” as they welcomed 300 plus students and parents to Silver Lane School last night. The East Hartford Education Association (EHEA) members were at the elementary school for a Family Literacy Night they had organized for the entire school community.…

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Insights From a Former Business Woman on Corporate Life vs. Teaching Life

Clare Taylor knew she’d be giving up some of the perks of the corporate world — coffee and pastries at morning meetings, catered lunches, even bathroom breaks on her own schedule — when she left a 20-year career in business for the classroom. But she’s quick to point out that teaching has unique perks. Taylor, a fifth…

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CT Senators, Representatives Hear from Retired Teacher

Retired teachers continue to be heavily invested in education and the needs of students even after they leave the classroom. Many retirees continue to volunteer at schools, work as substitute teachers, and mentor children. As a member of the NEA-Retired Executive Council, CEA-Retired President Jon-Paul Roden makes a difference for students through his visits to Washington,…

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Five Ways to Save This Holiday Season With CEA and NEA Member Benefits

As you prepare for the holidays, don’t forget the great savings that come with CEA and NEA membership. Below are just some of the discounts you can enjoy. For complete lists, visit CEA Member Benefits and NEA Member Benefits. Please note – you are required to sign in with your member ID to access discount…

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Four New Honorees Inducted into Southington High School’s Wall of Honor

“It’s called the Southington High School Wall of Honor, and it includes an incredible list of people who grew up in our town, graduated from our schools, and went on to do amazing things,” says Bob Brown, a Southington High School social studies teacher and Wall of Honor Committee chairman. More than 50 friends, family…

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Teachers Make History at Cornwall Consolidated School Using Technology

Looking for examples of how to incorporate technology into your classroom? Teachers Linda Massucci, Cathy Binkowski, and Anne Grant, and their third and fourth grade students at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS), made history at their school this past spring with a special technology collaboration project. With the help of CCS technology teacher Vicki Nelson, the…

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Still Time to Sign Up for a Reforum

CEA members are packing hotel conference rooms across the state as they participate in reforums that give them opportunities to learn, talk, and plan for their legislative advocacy roles in the “Year of Education.” There are four more reforums scheduled for this week and next, so if you haven’t attended one yet, sign up now.…

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Honoring Teachers Draws Important, Positive Attention to Education

“An amazing experience all around,” “it’s brought a lot of meaning to what I do every day,” “the highpoint of my career to date.” These are just some of the ways Connecticut educators are describing the experience of being named their district’s teacher of the year. All 97 Connecticut 2012 teachers of the year were…

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Connecticut Educators Remember the Lost, Create Connections for Students to 9/11

Ten years have passed since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The losses of that day remain fresh in the minds of many Connecticut residents, however most children in school today are too young to have strong memories of 9/11.  CEA members are finding ways to create connections for their students to 9/11 while…

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CEA Members Ready to Begin Work in Chicago

Connecticut teachers have arrived in Chicago and are ready to get down to business at the NEA Representative Assembly (RA).  The NEA RA is the world’s largest democratic deliberative assembly.  It is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the NEA and consists of some 9,000 delegates. Members of every state affiliate elect the delegates…

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Music Educators Gather to Learn and Advocate

Music teachers from around the country are gathered in Washington, D.C. right now to discuss the latest on their profession and learn from one another. The National Association for Music Education (MENC) sponsors Music Education Week, which began yesterday and continues through Tuesday. Participants will discuss music education policy, attend professional development workshops, and hear performances by the…

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What Teachers Really Do When They’re Not at School

Teachers in New Jersey first had the idea, and it has spread around the country, including to Connecticut. The idea: A group of teachers gathers in a public space to grade papers and do the preparation they normally work on at home. Grade-ins have been a big hit among teachers and the public. Earlier this…

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Social Media Policies for Schools

Talk of social media policies seems to be increasing in districts around the state. You may have heard about the social media policy Glastonbury is considering. CEA staff invited Glastonbury Education Association President Josh Steffenson to write a guest post for BlogCEA and contribute his thoughts on the issue.  Thank you Josh!  Please share your…

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Celebrate the Environment by Educating

Earth Day is April 22 and teachers around the country are educating about the environment this week as part of National Environmental Education Week (EE Week). EE Week is the nation’s largest environmental education event.  It’s held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. EEWeek.org spotlights…

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There Must Be Consequences for Assault – Tell the Judiciary Committee to Support SB 1163

A high school student slammed the classroom door on Ann Carone’s arm. The Bridgeport teacher suffered tendon and muscle sprains that required physical therapy and caused her pain for several months. The student responsible did not spend any time in detention or suspension. “It is my biggest fear that this student has been sent a…

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Above and Beyond

The holiday season is upon us and this year historic numbers of Americans have fallen upon hard times. Many teachers and their organizations commit incredible acts of kindness which often happen behind the scenes and yet have untold impact on the lives of children and other members of the community. Recently the New Haven Register…

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Labor Day 2010: A Time to Honor All of Us

The hardships facing American workers have come sharply into focus during the current recession.  Many have lost jobs, are underemployed, or are worried about possible unemployment. The American labor movement is more important than ever during these challenging times.  Labor continues to advocate for workers, and is focusing on electing candidates who understand and value…

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East Hartford’s Newest Teachers Back to School

Most students in Connecticut start their school year next week, however most teachers have already gone back to school — preparing their classrooms and engaging in professional development training. Yesterday East Hartford’s newest teachers had their first day on the job.  Amidst a busy day of training and orientation, the East Hartford Education Association (EHEA)…

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CMT Preparations: What’s Your School Doing?

Teachers are focusing on much more than academics as they prepare to administer tests.  They’re tending to their students’ nutrition, enthusiasm, confidence, and desire to excel in countless ways. That’s what CEA has heard from members in recent days. And we’d like to hear from you about what you have been doing in your school.…

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Why Do You Teach? Watch Your Colleagues Answer in a New CEA Video

I teach because there’s no better feeling than watching a kid be confused and you say something — and there’s a spark of recognition.  There’s no better feeling in the world, hands down, than watching a kid get it, and love it. -Pamela Santerre, Woodstock Listen to what your colleagues have to say, and then…

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CEA Member’s Tree Lights Up Rockefeller Center

Wilton teacher Maria Corti is officially a star, as far as her fifth graders are concerned, now that her 76-foot-tall Norway spruce has been chosen as Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree. “I’m a celebrity.  They see me in a new light suddenly.  They’re very excited and proud – as they should be,” says Corti, who has…

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