Help Shape the Future of Your Union: Get Involved With a CEA Committee or Commission

Members’ involvement and input are vitally important to the daily activities of CEA. As a member of a CEA commission or committee, you can share your ideas, work with other members from around the state, and help shape the Association for years to come. Below is a listing of CEA commissions and committees with which…

Teachers Share With Legislators Heartfelt Stories of Being Assaulted

Although it was after ten o’clock last night by the time the legislature’s Education Committee heard public testimony on a bill to help ensure classroom safety and address student assaults, CEA members and staff made sure they were present to testify so that legislators could hear their stories. “I am here today to tell you that there…

PEAC Acts on Teachers’ Concerns: Mastery Exam Results Cannot Be Used in Evaluations

The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) yesterday took a giant step forward in addressing teachers’ concerns regarding the use of state mastery examination results in teacher evaluations. PEAC defined the clear use and purpose of the state mastery exam, agreeing that it should not be used to evaluate teachers. PEAC unanimously agreed to recommend new…

Be Ready to Act to Support Public Education: Join Your Colleagues

The unprecedented number of calls and emails U.S. senators have received in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education make it clear that teachers understand the outsized role that policy and politics can play in their classrooms. It’s not just national lawmakers and decisions at the federal level that influence what happens in…

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…

Help Improve CT Education Policies: Come to a CEA Forum This October

An unprecedented Superior Court decision has sent shockwaves across the education community in Connecticut. Meanwhile, the long arm of the federal government is reaching into schools with the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). There has never been a more pressing time for teachers to band together and speak out to influence once-in-a-generation judicial, legislative,…

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…

New Guidelines Spell Out Importance of Union Voice in Teacher Evaluation

New guidelines distributed to superintendents this week have the potential to increase the effectiveness of local Professional Development and Evaluation Committees (PDECs) and ensure teachers’ voices are heard in discussions about teacher evaluation and professional learning. The guidelines were developed by the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) after CEA and AFT-Connecticut brought teachers’ concerns to…