RESPECT Takes on New Meaning for Educators

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Education released a blueprint for RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching), representing a critical first step in ensuring quality schools for our students. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said the Obama Administration’s blueprint for RESPECT offers a positive agenda for change by elevating and transforming the teaching…

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…

Governor Signs Historic Gun and School Safety Law–Honors Victims of the Newtown Massacre

“Through our efforts today we honor those we lost,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy, before he signed into law an historic gun and school safety bill, developed in response to the Newtown massacre that left 20 children and six educators dead. Several Newtown parents, including Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan in the Dec.…

Teachers Continue to Contact Their Legislators and Urge You to Do the Same

Your colleagues have made numerous calls urging legislators to continue the state’s contribution to the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund. Please join your colleagues and keep up the effort. The legislature’s Appropriations Committee is still weighing  whether state dollars will be put into the fund for the next two years and every call makes a…

Teachers as Professionals: Raising Public Awareness in New TV Ad

Policy affecting public education should be made with teachers, not without them. That’s the outspoken viewpoint of teachers from across Connecticut who are featured in a new CEA TV public awareness ad that began airing yesterday. From teacher Maggie Barkin, a veteran, to teacher Lia O’Connell, a relative newcomer to the profession, there’s no doubt…