Teachers Talk. Education Commissioner Listens.

“It’s unconscionable what we’re doing to these kids,” said a kindergarten teacher who described long days of math, reading, and writing instruction, with no opportunities for play. “I am voiceless,” confided a special educator whose 14 students include children with autism, learning disabilities, Down syndrome, and emotional and behavioral issues. “I had five PPTs this…

Wellness Workshop Helps Teachers Recognize, Address Their Students’ Stress—and Their Own

As the number of students dealing with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has increased, so has the incidence and severity of disruptive behaviors in classrooms. And that, experts say, has led to tremendous secondary stress for teachers. In fact, teacher stress levels have ratcheted up in recent years because of a number of factors—something that CEA…

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…

Governor Pledges Support for Students, Families, and Teachers in New Budget, Legislative Session

During his State of the State address today Governor Ned Lamont made a series of pledges aimed at increasing support for Connecticut’s students, families, and teachers and continuing to build on the strides the state has made over the last year. “Our budget provided predictability to those counting on it most,” he said, adding, “I…

Conference Introduces Teachers to New Ways to Approach Negotiations

Nearly 100 CEA members representing schools throughout the state came together on Saturday, February 1, to learn new ways of organizing fellow teachers in their locals for better working and learning conditions, fairer salaries, and a more secure retirement. “I appreciate your stepping up for your members,” CEA President Jeff Leake told teachers at CEA’s…