Connecticut Teachers Urged to Continue to Speak Out to Get ESEA Right

NEA Government Relations Director Mary Kusler told Connecticut teachers gathered this morning for the start of the CEA Summer Leadership Conference that the Congressional Conference Committee finalizing an overhaul of federal education policy will make key decisions after Labor Day. “We can start the school year with optimism that we can get this done,” Kusler said. She…

50 Best Books for Summer

Are your children are running low on reading material for the summer? If so, Scholastic has a list of the 50 Best Books for Summer that you might want to check out. The list was compiled from teachers’ suggestions and includes humor, fantasy and adventure, nonfiction, realistic fiction,  magic and mystery, and picture books for kindergarten…

Doodling to Learn

It might be conventional wisdom that a student doodling during class is a student who is not paying attention, however research indicates that doodling while taking notes can help students retain ideas and improve memory. KQED writes about two instructional coaches who tried out this method of note taking themselves and, impressed with the results,…

9 Ways to Stretch Your Back-to-School Budget

Shopping for all the things you need to get back to school—books, supplies, clothes, and more—can put a serious dent in your budget. For the 2013-2014 school year, educators spent an average of $513 out-of-pocket on classroom supplies, instructional materials and other work-related purchases, says Marci Hansen, CMO for SheerID, a company that verifies teacher…

Urge Your Legislators to Override HB 6977: Qualifications, Experience Always Important for Education Chief

House Bill 6977, An Act Establishing Qualifications for the Commissioner of Education, has been vetoed despite overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the State Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives 138-5. The bill would have required that the state’s education commissioner have an education degree, five years of experience as a teacher, and three years of…

TIME RUNNING OUT: Teachers Intensify Call for Override

Saying children, parents, and communities always deserve a qualified and experienced leader at the helm of public education, Connecticut teachers are urging state legislators to override Governor Malloy’s veto of HB 6977, An Act Establishing Qualifications for the Commissioner of Education, a measure that passed the State Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives with…