CEA-Retired Members Elect Officers, Show Commitment to Education

CEA members’ commitment to students and their teaching colleagues doesn’t stop with retirement. Hundreds of retired teachers demonstrated that truth today with their active engagement at the CEA-Retired Spring Business Meeting. “It’s important to remember our organization relies on the hard work of volunteers like you,” CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown told the members gathered at…

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,…

State Continues to See Upward Trend in Graduation Rates

Thanks to the hard work of students and their teachers, graduation rates in Connecticut continue to climb. The state’s four-year graduation rate reached 87.2 percent in 2015—significantly higher than the national average of 82.3 percent. Additionally, statistics from the state Department of Education show the following. In Alliance District schools, the graduation rate reached 77.6…

Memorial Day Lesson Ideas

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day to honor American Civil War dead. Following World War I, Memorial Day became a day to honor soldiers killed in all wars. Honor the nation’s fallen military men and women with the following lessons and activities compiled by Phil Nast for NEA. Resources for: Grades K-5…

Educators, Parents Give State Accountability Tests Poor Marks

Only 37 percent of principals and 31 percent of superintendents consider state accountability tests useful for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. That’s just one of the attention grabbing findings from a poll of students, parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents released earlier this month. The poll, commissioned by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and conducted by…

Attend a CEA Workshop on Supporting Muslim Students and Families

Join your colleagues this Thursday in Rocky Hill for a workshop titled Supporting Muslim Students and Families: What Every Teacher Needs to Know. At this workshop, sponsored by the CEA Human and Civil Rights Commission and the Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut, participants will hear presentations from experts, work with case studies, and interact with panelists…