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…

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…

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…

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,…