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Make the Most of Your Membership

Did you know that being a CEA member gives you access to discounts on products and services you use every day as well as special offers on travel and entertainment? Unlock your savings with your CEA membership card every time you log on to cea.org/discounts.

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CEA Applauds Funding for Teachers Impacted by COVID-19

The new state budget passed by the Connecticut legislature will include funding to assist teachers and other essential workers who contracted COVID-19

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Resources to Support Summer Learning

Research shows that students benefit from quality summer and extended learning experiences, especially students from low-income communities who typically lack resources to extend their education beyond the school day.

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New Leadership Elected

Manchester teacher Kate Dias and Darien teacher Joslyn DeLancey will serve as CEA president and vice president.

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

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.

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Student Loan Payments Resume in October: Here’s What You Need to Know

CEA Member Benefits partner Cambridge Credit Counseling offers tips to help you stay on track as student loan payments resume in October.

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Legislative Session Ends With Many Wins for Students and Educators

Connecticut educators can be proud of the successes they’ve achieved for their students and communities.

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New High School Coming to Farmington Thanks to Community’s Advocacy

Just four years ago Farmington voters resoundingly defeated a proposal for a new high school, but thanks to the advocacy of educators, students, and parents, last week the town voted two to one to replace the aging building.

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Advocates Vow to Continue Fight for a Fairer Connecticut

Even though the budget the Connecticut General Assembly is expected to pass before the close of the legislative session tomorrow does not include many of the investments they’d been advocating for, Recovery for All Coalition members are vowing to keep up the fight.

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School Closings Due to Heatwave Underscore Need to Use Federal Funds for Air Conditioning and Improving Indoor Air Quality

With federal funding available, the state must act to improve indoor air quality.

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Amid Budget Talks, Coalition Holds the Line for a Recovery for All

As June 9 approaches and the end of the legislative session nears, members of the Recovery for All coalition—which includes CEA—gathered at the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building to send the governor and lawmakers a message: invest fully and equitably in Connecticut’s communities.

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New Flexibilities in Teacher Evaluation

Thanks to CEA’s continued advocacy and close collaboration with other stakeholder groups, the Connecticut State Department of Education has allowed greater flexibility in teacher evaluations for the 2021-2022 school year.

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NEA Director Alternate Vacancy

There is an interim opening for an NEA Director Alternate to be seated on the CEA Board of Directors. Any members interested in being nominated must notify the Office of the CEA President by July 30.

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CEA Weighs In on State Plan for Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief

Teachers had a unique opportunity to brainstorm the resources students need most and set the direction for an influx of federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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Bridgeport Teacher Is One of Many Calling for Long-Term Investments in Our Communities

Connecticut 2019 Teacher of the Year Sheena Graham joined legislators, homecare workers, childcare workers, and others at a press conference calling on the state to make long-term investments in education, health care, housing, labor protections, jobs, workforce development, and municipal aid.

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Register to Join in Virtual Conversations on Racial and Social Justice

Between June and August this year, NEA is holding virtual engagements designed to deepen knowledge, build connections, and create a country that is free, safe, and just for every man, woman, and child.

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Avon School Community Marches to Remember George Floyd, Advocate for Equity

“We have the opportunity to bring about change,” Avon High School students told their classmates, teachers, parents, and community members at a George Floyd Memorial March and Rally. Watch video.

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You May be Eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

If you had to take an unpaid leave of absence or reduced hours for a COVID-19-related reason, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits, retroactive to December 6, 2020.

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Updated Guidance for Schools from the Departments of Education and Public Health

The State Department of Education and Department of Public Health recently clarified that updated masking protocols from the CDC and State of Connecticut do not change masking requirements within public schools.

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Registration Is Now Open for the 2021 CEA Summer Experience

Open to all CEA members, the 2021 CEA Summer Experience will be a virtual conference offering a great opportunity to learn from your colleagues on a variety of timely topics.

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Learn What Your Colleagues Are Doing to Help Secure Equitable Funding for Schools

Attend an online meeting May 26 at 7pm or June 2 at 4pm to learn more about the teacher-led campaign to fully fund our schools and other essential services.

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Teaching Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made wide-ranging contributions to the United States, and you and your students can celebrate their heritage and contributions with lessons and activities.

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CEA Members Rally for Resources at the State Capitol

CEA members gathered outside the State Capitol to send state legislators and leadership a strong message: You must do better for our students and their families.

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Teachers Honored, Budget and Policy Set at CEA Representative Assembly

More than 350 delegates convened for the 173rd CEA Representative Assembly, held virtually, to set policy and adopt a budget for the CEA.

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May Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

From savings on clothing to appliances to flowers to cell phone plans and more, remember to check out the deals and discounts available to you through NEA Member Benefits. Below are highlighted offers for May.

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Become a Leader for Change in Your School

Join the Teacher Leader Fellowship Program Institute on May 26, and learn uplifting, practical suggestions from teachers in the program, as well as how they navigated this year with creativity, innovation, collaboration, and resiliency.

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Learn How You Can Save Money on Things You Buy Every Day

Join the May 20 Member Benefits Virtual Vendor Fair and hear directly from our Member Benefits partners about special programs available to you.

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Join Us in Combatting Childhood Hunger With a Food Drive in Your Local Association

Join CEA and host a food drive in your local between May 24 and June 11. CEA will provide you with publicity materials and other information you need to run a successful food drive.

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Teachers Rally for Resources – Join Us on May 17

Join your colleagues and other union members at 5 p.m. on Tax Day, May 17, at the State Capitol for a Rally for Resources.

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You or Your Colleague Could Represent Connecticut on the National Stage

CEA’s John McCormick Award recipient will participate in the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala. Five finalists at the gala will receive a $10,000 award and one grand prize winner will receive $25,000.

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Spice Up Your School – Apply for a Beautification Grant

Does your school need plants? Want to paint a mural? Could the teachers’ lounge use repainting? Do you have another idea for an exciting project to spruce up your school?

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Stand Up for Healthy Schools: Contact Your Legislators

Your voice can make a critical difference in making sure our schools have heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems that keep students and staff healthy.

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Teachers Turn Out in Force for May Day Rally

Hundreds of educators, parents, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and others marched on the governor’s residence this weekend to demand a budget that provides the funding Connecticut’s children, families, communities, and working people deserve.

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It’s Been an Extremely Challenging Year; Thank You for All You Do

CEA President Jeff Leake says thank you to teachers for their tremendous efforts this school year.

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Rally Calls for Mental Health Supports

“Students are facing a mental health crisis—a crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—and we need to address it head-on, with funding to provide much-needed social emotional supports,” Bridgeport Education Association President Ana Batista told the crowd at a Recovery for All rally held outside the city’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on April…

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President Pledges to Strengthen, Expand Public Education

In his first formal address before a joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden reflected on the progress of our nation on the eve of his 100th day in office, outlining his plans for continued advances in education, social and environmental justice, health and safety, economic recovery, and more.

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Teachers Prepare to March for Recovery for All

Teachers from all across the state will take part in a May Day march on the governor’s mansion this Saturday and are encouraging their colleagues to join them. Their message is clear: fund our schools, and fund our future.

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State Says Districts Will Not Be Required to Provide Remote Learning Next School Year

The Connecticut State Department of Education released interim guidance for remote learning for the 2021-22 school year that ends the mandate to provide a voluntary remote learning option for all students, raises concerns about dual instruction, and stresses that in-person education is best for students.

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Join the May 1 Rally for a Fair Budget

Join a May 1 rally to demand that Governor Lamont’s budget invests in our future.

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Famous Rocker Gives Connecticut Students a Front-Row Seat to Engaging Education

Two years ago, CEA and AFT CT partnered on an exciting program—TeachRock—that helps educators bring classroom lessons to life with music and the arts. Now, Governor Lamont and the State Department of Education have agreed to make Connecticut first in the nation to implement the program statewide.

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Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on the Passing of Former Wallingford Teacher Phil Sylvestro

We are saddened to learn that Phil Sylvestro, a very dedicated and active teacher in Wallingford for 35 years, passed away earlier this month. He was dedicated to his family, students, and colleagues, and a true friend throughout his life. He was a truly honest man for all.

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Education Secretary Promises to Lift Up Students, Teachers

Tens of thousands of teachers tuned in to hear Dr. Cardona’s vision for public education as well as ask questions about his plans for standardized tests, relief funding, and more.

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CEA Leaders Speak Out for Equitable Investment

Legislators yesterday heard testimony on a bill that would create the Connecticut Equitable Investment Fund and raise $1.14 billion in annual revenue to address education funding inequities and help the state meet the various needs of its communities.

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Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

While the jury delivered justice in its decision, that verdict alone won’t resolve decades of systemic racism in our nation.

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Weekend Rally Demands Recovery for All

With a new, two-year state budget set to be decided before the current legislative session ends, a vocal coalition continues to demand a plan that prioritizes public education, the public good, and an equitable recovery from the pandemic. Recovery for All, a coalition that includes CEA, organized a rally this weekend outside the Department of…

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To Teach Remote Learners Successfully, They Must Be Your Only Focus

By now, every educator can tell the story of how the pandemic has upended teaching and learning. Economic gaps and inequities laid bare. The whiplash of school closures and reopenings fueled by outbreaks and quarantines. The constant toggling between remote and in-person students, a model that has left educators, students, and parents alike depleted.

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April Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Remember to check out the deals and discounts available from NEA Member Benefits when doing any spring shopping! Here are some highlighted deals and discounts for April.

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State to Address Student Absenteeism, Disengagement Caused by Pandemic

Federal stimulus funds will be used to reconnect with K-12 students who were absent or disengaged during the 2020-2021 school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In Nationally Televised Interview, Connecticut Teacher Sheds Light on Pandemic Trauma

Connecticut’s own 2019 Teacher of the Year Sheena Graham was one of four public school educators from around the country interviewed on CBS This Morning about the ongoing challenges of teaching through a pandemic, the added pressures of standardized testing on students, and more.

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Tell Your Legislators: End Dual Teaching

Keep an eye on your mailbox for an important letter asking you to take action to end dual teaching.

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Teachers and Trauma: Help Your Students, Yourself

Nearly half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. have experienced at least one type of childhood trauma. About one in every four will witness or experience a traumatic event before their fourth birthday. These are sobering statistics, made even worse by the collective trauma of the COVID pandemic. CEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission…

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Educators Share Lessons Learned During Pandemic Year

Pandemic learning has tried educators and students as never before, but teachers are finding this year has also taught them lessons they’ll use going forward.

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Teacher Asks $6 Million Question: ‘What Has Been Lost?’

A Glastonbury educator challenged the idea of “gains” when the state and towns cut education budgets during a meeting with his state representative.

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It’s Up to Us to Fight for Our Students

Watch to find out why Danbury bilingual educator Luanelly Iglesias is speaking up for her students—and learn how you can join her.

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CEA Teachers and the Law Workshops More Critical Than Ever During Pandemic

CEA members call the CEA Legal Department’s Teachers and the Law workshop “helpful” and “eye-opening,” and especially now during the pandemic it’s critical for you to know your rights and responsibilities. 

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Grow Your Own Teacher Recruitment Program Expanding to 14 Connecticut Districts

Connecticut’s efforts to recruit and retain more educators of color are making progress thanks to a national program that’s now expanding to 14 school districts around Connecticut.

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Earth Day and Teaching About Climate Change

This Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, use these resources to overcome the challenges of teaching climate change and help students understand it is an issue of interest not only to scientists.

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CEA Members Come Together to Advocate for Their Students and Communities

What would it mean to your school community if your school was fully funded? That’s the question educators who attended a Monday CEA Recovery for All meeting were asked to answer.

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Music and Arts Grants Available to CEA Members

During the pandemic, arts are playing an even more critical role in helping children express themselves, connect with each other, process stress, and stay engaged in their virtual/hybrid/socially distanced learning environment.

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Proactively Assisting Students to Manage Their Stress

As children across the country return to more in-person learning, experts caution that the stress of the pandemic might be showing up in unexpected ways, and that we need to appropriately support both children and teachers.

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Vice President Harris Discusses Help for Children Living in Poverty During Visit to Connecticut

Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in New Haven this afternoon to discuss aspects of the American Rescue Plan aimed at addressing the needs of our nation’s children, particularly those living in poverty.

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Your Students’ Future Depends on Full Funding

Join us for a statewide CEA Recovery for All Meeting to learn more about this educator-led campaign to fund our future–and what you can do to secure the funding your students need.

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Teachers, Community Members Take Their Message to the Public Square

Teachers, students, parents, community members, and labor groups assembled March 24 with a clear message for Connecticut’s leaders: Let’s make Connecticut a place where all residents can thrive.

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Add Your Name and Urge That High Stakes Tests Be Canceled During the Pandemic

Sign a letter to the U.S. Department of Education to call for high stakes tests to be canceled during the pandemic.

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Join Us in Danbury Wednesday to Call for a Fair State Budget for All CT Residents

Teachers, students, parents, community members, religious leaders, and labor organizations are holding a rally tomorrow in Danbury in support of a fair state budget that works for all residents.

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CEA, Educators Support Bill to Bring More Teachers of Color to Connecticut Classrooms

“Increasing the diversity among our Connecticut teaching profession is crucial to the vitality, success, and the excellence of all of our schools,” CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas told legislators during a recent public hearing.

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Statement from Board of Education Union Coalition on CDC’s New Social Distancing Guidelines

The CDC released new physical distancing guidelines that recommend three feet, rather than six feet, of distance between students in schools. Read the Board of Education Union Coalition response.

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Teaching In-Person and Remote Learners Simultaneously Must End, Educators Tell Legislators

Many veteran Connecticut teachers are describing the 2020-21 school year as the hardest year they’ve ever faced. They attribute this partially to the stress of the pandemic and its toll on their students, but also to the impossibility of teaching students simultaneously online and in-person.

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Connecticut at the Forefront of Identifying Racism as a Public Health Crisis

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut has taken the bold step of exposing the state’s inequities and identifying racism as a public health crisis. “The time is now to address this crisis,” CEA President Jeff Leake told legislators during a public hearing today.

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Join CEA’s Book Study to Connect with Other Teachers and Cultivate Resilience

Join a group of teachers as we read the book Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators and complete accompanying exercises—all materials will be provided free of charge.

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Join Us: CT Needs a Fair Budget That Funds Our Schools and Communities

Connecticut needs to be a place where all residents can thrive, which is why teachers, students, parents, community members, religious leaders, and labor organizations are holding a rally this Thursday in Danbury and giving testimony before the legislature’s Finance Committee today.

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Speak Up: Tell Legislators CT Needs a Fair Budget That Increases Funding for Schools

Speak up in support of increased education funding for students this Monday during a legislative hearing.

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Essential Workers Who Contracted COVID Speak Out for Workers’ Comp Benefits

Essential workers have been busy on the frontlines keeping Connecticut running throughout the pandemic, yet when they’ve contracted COVID-19 on the job, they’ve frequently failed to receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve.

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COVID Relief Package Directs $1.1 Billion to Connecticut Schools, Slashes Childhood Poverty Rate

The American Rescue Plan includes more than $120 billion in aid for K-12 schools and will cut in half the number of children living below the poverty line.

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CEA, Teachers Urge Legislators to Provide More SEL Supports for Students

CEA and educators spoke out in support of many provisions of House Bill 6557 An Act Concerning Social Emotional Learning during a hearing of the legislature’s Education Committee.

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Bill Upholds Unions’ Ability to Empower, Communicate with Employees

Even in Connecticut, the forces that have worked to undermine unions in other parts of the country are at work. State legislators are debating a new law that would provide much-needed support for unions.

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Charlene Russell-Tucker Named Acting State Commissioner of Education

Governor Lamont has named Charlene Russell-Tucker as Connecticut’s Acting Commissioner of Education after Miguel Cardona was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Education earlier this week.

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School-Based Vaccination Clinic Gives 400 Windsor Teachers First Shot at Hope, Health, Safety

The feeling of relief and excitement was palpable for educators who received their COVID vaccine at Windsor High School.

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First Lady Dr. Biden Visits Meriden School with New Education Secretary

On Miguel Cardona’s first full day as U.S. Secretary of Education the former educator was back in his hometown, welcoming Dr. Jill Biden to a Meriden elementary school.

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Puppets Help Spread Joy of Reading on Read Across Connecticut Day

In first- and second-grade classrooms across Bridgeport today, students experienced the joy of reading by watching a puppet show, hearing from a children’s author, and choosing a book of their very own to take home.

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Miguel Cardona Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education

In a vote of 64 to 33, representing a large, bipartisan majority, the U.S. Senate today confirmed Miguel Cardona as U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Not Just February: Teacher Talks Incorporating Black History into the Classroom Year Round

As February draws to a close, many schools are wrapping up Black History units, but East Hartford teacher Nicole Campbell says teachers need to be looking for ways to incorporate teaching about Black history and excellence into their lessons all year round.

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Teachers Share Concerns About Need for More Social and Emotional Supports with Legislators

Manchester teachers are just some of the many Connecticut teachers who have met virtually with their legislators recently to voice concerns about what they and their students are facing and ask the legislature to act.

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Early Career Educator Conference Coming Next Week

Join us for the virtual Early Career Educator Conference taking place Mach 2 – 10 after school. Take one or more of the 10 sessions that cover a variety of topics from dyslexia to streamlining grading to helping students deal with anxiety.

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States Required to Give Standardized Tests This Year, Accountability Provisions Can Be Waived

The Biden administration has announced that states will have to administer federally required standardized assessments this year, despite the many challenges forced on schools by the pandemic. States, however, are encouraged to request waivers from the accountability provisions of federal law.

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CEA Member Advocacy Pays Off, Vaccinations for Educators to Start March 1

Because of your emails, ongoing CEA advocacy, the petition, and the CEA awareness campaign, CEA’s efforts to prioritize educators for vaccinations have been successful.

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Op-Ed: Powell’s Reference to German Culture and Hitler in Column Disparaging Educators is Bizarre and Deeply Disturbing

CEA President Jeff Leake recently published an op-ed in the CT Examiner and Journal Inquirer in response to a column by Chris Powell that compared educators to Germany under Hitler. 

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Connecticut Vax Facts: Health, Policy Experts Answer Teachers’ Questions

As Connecticut’s COVID vaccine rollout continues, educators—who are eager for the safer in-person learning that a vaccine could afford—joined a candid conversation with state leaders and health experts about what to expect and when.

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CEA Launches Campaign to Vaccinate Educators Now

Vaccinate Educators Now! That’s the message of CEA’s new ad campaign launched today, featuring five Connecticut State Teachers of the Year calling on the state to vaccinate teachers and school staff now. The ad began running today on all of the state’s major network television stations as well as on digital media.

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New CDC Guidelines: Teachers Should Be Prioritized for Vaccination

New CDC guidelines call for prioritizing teachers and school staff for vaccinations.

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Join the Recovery for All Car Caravan

Join hundreds of Connecticut residents impacted by the COVID pandemic and demand a state budget that puts the needs of the people first. Show your support for a budget that tackles the extraordinary needs of this pandemic by participating in a Car Caravan Saturday, February 20 at noon in Hartford.

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Coalition Urges Budget That Offers Strong Response to Pandemic

Our state’s budget should reflect our state’s priorities, but Governor Lamont’s proposed budget won’t support the recovery Connecticut needs, members of the Recovery for All Coalition said at a press conference today.

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New NEA Survey Shows Teachers Not Being Vaccinated

Twenty-seven states have begun vaccinating teachers, but Connecticut is not among them. Connecticut is not following CDC vaccine rollout guidance to prioritize teachers and instead has postponed vaccinating school staff.

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Statement by CEA President Jeff Leake on Vaccinating Educators

If as a state we choose to prioritize full-time in-person learning, we also need to prioritize vaccinating educators. Teachers want to be in school with their students, but they shouldn’t have to risk their own health and safety and that of their families to do so.

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Sign the Petition to Waive Standardized Testing

Join CEA and AFT Connecticut, and support the effort to waive standardized testing by signing a petition.

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Region 14 School Staff Stand Together, Vote No Confidence in Superintendent

After a debacle with vaccine distribution in Region 14, 97 percent of school staff voted in favor of a show of no confidence in Superintendent Joseph Olzacki and COVID Coordinator Mark Hartunian.

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Educators’ Voices Heard: Paid Quarantine Leave Restored

The governor has signed an executive order that requires local school districts to provide paid quarantine leave for public school educators and staff.

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In Senate Confirmation Hearing, Cardona Prioritizes Vaccination for Educators

“We need to invest now, or we’re going to pay later,” Dr. Miguel Cardona told members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, when asked about funding safe school reopening in a hearing yesterday on his confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Legislators Urge Governor to Increase Support for Working and Middle Class

A week ahead of Governor Lamont’s budget address, a group of thirty state legislators announced their plan to help those who have been devastated by the pandemic and ensure a fair recovery for everyone in Connecticut.

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National School Counseling Week: Supporting Students Through a Pandemic

School counselors are more essential than ever to support students through these difficult times. Read how three Connecticut school counselors’ jobs have changed during the pandemic.

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CEA, AFT Connecticut Ask Biden Administration to Suspend Annual Testing

CEA President Jeff Leake and AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel have requested that the federal requirement for testing be suspended for this school year.

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Recovery For All Car Caravan Feb. 20

Join hundreds of community members impacted by this emergency and demand a budget that puts the needs of the people first.

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Fauci Tells Teachers School Reopenings—and the Resources to Make Them Safe—Are Priorities

Nearly 7,000 teachers from around the country joined Dr. Anthony Fauci in a virtual fireside chat hosted by NEA and AFT.

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Statewide Coalition Urges Governor to Craft Budget that Creates a Recovery for All

A coalition of community, faith, and labor organizations committed to reducing income inequality sent a letter to Governor Lamont urging him to support an economic recovery that all Connecticut residents can share. 

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Darien Teachers Say Return to Full In-Person Learning Puts Students and Teachers at Risk

When Darien schools opened in the fall, the district assured families and staff that it would be guided by health and safety metrics, but Darien teachers say the district has departed from that path.

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Join a Fireside Chat with Dr. Fauci Thursday

Join a special webinar discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci about the current state of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on public education this Thursday, January 28 from 6 – 7:00 p.m.

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What Teachers Need to Know to Take Advantage of Loan Forgiveness Programs

Learn more about your loan repayment and forgiveness options and how to manage your loans more effectively by registering for CEA’s free Degrees Not Debt webinar this Thursday.

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Black History Month Lessons and Resources

Check out resources available from NEA to help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom.

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President Biden Extends Holiday on Student Debt Repayment

As promised, on his first day in office President Joe Biden extended the moratorium on federal student loan payments to September 30, 2021. Learn more about your repayment options and how to manage your loans more effectively by registering for one of CEA’s free Degrees Not Debt webinars next Tuesday or Thursday.

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On First Day of Biden Presidency Dr. Biden Sits Down with Educators

“Over and over, I made a promise to you that when Joe was elected president you’d always have a seat at the table, and I meant it,” First Lady Dr. Jill Biden told teachers.

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President Biden Begins Term with Message of Unity and Hope

“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve,” President Joe Biden said in his inaugural address.

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Vaccination Timeline Outlined

Governor Lamont today announced that teachers and other frontline workers will likely be able to schedule vaccinations in late February or early March along with other frontline workers and individuals with underlying medical conditions.

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New President, New Student Loan Relief?

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Teachers Share Unexpected Positives of Pandemic Learning

While the pandemic has presented many serious challenges and hardships to teaching and learning, teachers say there are some unexpected bright spots they don’t want to lose when schools are able to resume more normal operations. During a virtual presentation with author and award-winning education leader Dr. Peter Gamwell, teachers from Connecticut, North Carolina, and…

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On MLK Day, Rally for a People’s Recovery

Most Connecticut service plaza workers earn less than minimum wage, often with no benefits or sick days, and many have suffered harassment as they organize for better working conditions and a union. Meanwhile, McDonald’s, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, and their Connecticut franchise owners pocket millions in profit and from government support. Join supporters this Monday, January…

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Region 14 Ignores Will of Community, Cuts Position of Beloved Counselor

Despite an unprecedented outpouring of support from the Region 14 community, the district has confirmed Counselor Kathy Green’s position at Nonnewaug High School will be cut effective Feb 1. Green is a respected and much-admired figure in the towns of Woodbury and Bethlehem who students and parents say has been instrumental in connecting students of…

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Public School Employees Urge Governor to Ensure Health and Safety

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Connecticut Educators Could Begin to Receive COVID Vaccine Before End of Month

Department of Public Health Commissioner Deidre Gifford said that the state will transition quickly to vaccinating group 1B as soon as vaccine appointments begin to open up.

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Connecticut Teachers Discuss Attack on Capitol With Students: “Even an Event Like This Can Be Learned From”

In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol in Washington, Connecticut teachers are having hard but important conversations with their students.

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Talking to Kids About the Attack on the Capitol

We can assure children that the majority of Americans are joining together to support justice and democracy and that the dangerous and unlawful people we saw in the nation’s capital will not be successful in hurting our country.

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New Legislative Session Beginning Today

Because of the unusual nature of this year’s session, lawmakers will likely take up fewer issues than usual, but CEA leaders, staff, and members are committed to making their voices heard.

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Nominate Yourself or a Colleague for CEA Awards Recognizing Education, Communications Excellence

Awards and grants are given for best local association website and newsletter, outstanding teaching professionals and advocates, new public relations projects, best media coverage, and more.

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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on COVID-19 and prioritizing safety

The dramatic rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Connecticut has prompted a growing number of public school superintendents to prioritize the safety of students, teachers, and staff by moving to all-distance learning through mid-January. We thank these superintendents for putting safety first, following the advice of health experts, and taking the wisest course…

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Sign and Send Postcards to Legislators

You may already have received an important letter from CEA—if not, keep an eye on your mailbox for a letter explaining how you can help advocate on behalf of issues that impact your financial future and your working conditions.

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History, Recent Successes Show What’s Possible with a Strong Teachers’ Union

When teachers pull together, the impossible becomes possible. Learn about the teacher advocacy that led to historic victories such as the Bridgeport teachers strike and Keep the Promise campaign, and how teacher advocacy is needed now more than ever.

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Why You Should Apply for This $2,000 CEA Award for Teaching Excellence

You probably know many outstanding teachers who would qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here’s your chance to nominate one of them—or you can even nominate yourself!

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Happy Holidays, from CEA

This year has challenged us unlike any other that has come before it. Thank you for all you are doing to help our students and communities through this very difficult time.

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Connecticut COVID-19 Education Policy Subject of Informational Forum

Educators, parents, and lawmakers taking part in a virtual panel discussion organized by State Senator Tony Hwang agreed that getting students back into school buildings must be a priority—but when it will be safe to resume full in-person learning in schools across the state remains a big question.

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Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona Nominated as U.S. Secretary of Education

With this nomination Biden and Harris have held true to their promise of appointing a public school educator with classroom experience who believes in public education and respects educators.

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Return your mailer from CEA

Make sure to check your mailbox in the coming days for an important letter from CEA asking you to help advocate on behalf of issues that impact your financial future and your working conditions.

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Statement from the Board of Education Union Coalition on Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona being considered for U.S. Secretary of Education

Miguel Cardona’s formative experience as a teacher and administrator has been critical to his accomplishments as Connecticut Education Commissioner. He has been tested by the unprecedented upheaval caused by the pandemic. While this challenge has been a rocky road — and many issues remain unresolved — teachers and school support staff have appreciated his openness…

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Coalition Makes Headway with Governor, Discusses Next Steps for Safe Schools

The Board of Education Union Coalition, a group of labor unions that includes CEA, met virtually to outline next steps toward ensuring that the state protects the health and safety of students, staff, and community members amid the current COVID-19 surge.

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Call Your Legislators Today

Thank you for signing the petition we presented to the governor last week. Please continue your efforts by calling your legislators to urge them to support safe schools.

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Take the Survey: What’s Really Happening in Your District?

Don’t miss your opportunity to share your concerns regarding COVID-19 and what’s happening in your school district. CEA has once again teamed up with WFSB-TV 3 and AFT Connecticut for a survey to collect and publicize educators’ concerns regarding teaching during a pandemic.

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Remembering Sandy Hook

Today marks a somber anniversary: eight years since the tragic shooting that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook remains the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary or high school in the United States. “We must never forget the precious lives…

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COVID-19 and the Workday: NEA Guidance for Educators

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Student Debt Support Clinic for NEA Members 12/12

Are you an educator burdened by student debt? If so, you are not alone. CEA members can join NEA student debt experts for a virtual student debt clinic Saturday, December 12.

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Education Union Coalition Presents Petition to Governor

Leaders of education unions representing thousands of public school employees presented a petition signed by more than 14,000 education and community members.

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Nominate a Colleague for a CEA Human and Civil Rights Award

Do you know an educator who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunities, LGBTQ support and awareness, conflict resolution, or other social issues pertinent to students and public education?

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Remembering Sharon Palmer, Former AFT Connecticut President

CEA sends condolences to the family and friends of Sharon Palmer, former AFT Connecticut president, labor commissioner, and East Haddam and Waterford teacher, on her recent passing.

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Managing Holiday Expectations

The holidays are different this year due to coronavirus concerns, and many are forgoing in-person family gatherings. NEA Member Benefits is ready to help you make the most out of this holiday season, whatever your plans may be.

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December Deals From NEA Member Benefits

Remember to check out the deals and discounts available from NEA Member Benefits as you’re doing your holiday shopping this year.

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Redefining the Future of Public Education

Dozens of teachers, along with students, parents, policymakers, and community stakeholders, participated in a virtual symposium to explore topics such as special education, social emotional learning, engaging parents and other caregivers, technology, and the future of distance learning.

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How You Can Help a Child This Holiday Season

By donating to the CEF Holiday Bear Project, you can brighten the holidays for a child who would otherwise go without gifts this year.

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Sign the Safe Schools Petition

Sign the petition now and let the governor and education commissioner know you support keeping students, teachers, and school staff safe. 

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Wednesday: Join a Discussion on Redefining the Future of Public Education

Help redefine the future of public education by joining us December 2 from 4-6pm for a virtual community symposium.

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With Gratitude to Teachers This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving teachers deserve our utmost thanks for all you are doing to educate Connecticut children during the pandemic.

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Stratford Schools Going Fully Remote Into December Thanks to Teacher Advocacy

A day after Stratford teachers held a rally to protest against a plan that would have had students back in school four days a week for in-person learning, the district is changing course and going all remote through December 4, with a plan to return to a hybrid model after that point.

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Board of Ed Rescinds Resignation Request in Victory for Valley Regional-Old Lyme Coach and Community

After an outpouring of community support, the Region 4 School District is rescinding a resignation request it made recently of beloved teacher and coach Tim King.

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Stratford Teachers: Now Is Not the Time to Relax COVID Protocols

Stratford teachers came out in force to demonstrate against a plan that would have students back in school four days a week for in-person learning, even as COVID cases are on the rise.

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As COVID-19 Cases Spike, Education Community Urges State to Shift to All Remote Learning Unless Stronger Protections Are in Place

The Safe and Successful Schools Now report outlines immediate steps necessary to keep students, educators, staff, and communities safe.

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Help a Child this Holiday Season

Donate to the CEF’s Holiday Bear and brighten the holidays for a child who would otherwise go without gifts this year.

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Community Symposium: Redefining the Future of Public Education

Be part of the discussion and help redefine the future of public education by attending the December 2nd virtual community symposium.

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Danbury Teacher Recognized for Decades of Commitment to Public Education

Dr. Lammia Agoora, a teacher at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, is one of only 46 teachers from around the country to be selected as a recipient of the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Teachers Speak Out Against Stratford’s Move to More In-Person Learning

On the very first day that Stratford moved from hybrid to four days a week of in-person learning for kindergarteners and first graders a kindergarten class is being forced to go remote until December 1 due to a positive COVID case.

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Celebrating American Education Week

During this American Education Week 2020, whether teaching remotely, in-person, or following a hybrid model, educators are working harder than ever for their students.

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Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Explore Native American culture this November with these lessons, activities, and resources.

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Education Coalition Responds to Misguided State Policy on “Prolonged” Remote Learning

A coalition of unions representing public education employees issued a response to state guidance regarding local school building COVID-19-related closures.

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Thanksgiving Travel, School Closures, and Staying Safe While You Celebrate

Connecticut has limited indoor and outdoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and also requires those who travel to many other states to quarantine or provide the results of a negative COVID test upon their return.

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Facing COVID Spike, Quarantines, Hamden Teachers Support Interim Shift to Remote Learning

Facing steadily rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and crippling shortages in school staffing the Hamden Board of Education heard from concerned educators supporting a proposal to shift to full distance learning between the Thanksgiving holiday and January 19.

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ACES Teacher’s Grant Brings Photography to Special Education Students

California Casualty, an endorsed NEA Auto and Home Insurance provider, offers grants to support music and arts teachers and their students. Find out how to apply.

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Guidance on Flexible Teacher Evaluation Plan

If your district adopted the flexible educator evaluation option, it is important to understand how this will impact you.

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Educators Congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris  

NEA President Becky Pringle on the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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Connecticut Voters Elect Pro-Public Education Candidates to State and Federal Offices

As we wait for the democratic process to play out and all votes to be counted in the presidential election, here in Connecticut we are celebrating the win of public education champions to federal and state offices.

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State Announces Rapid COVID Testing Pilot Program for Schools

Middletown Public Schools is the first district in the state to offer free, rapid COVID-19 testing for students and staff. Governor Lamont today said he hopes other districts will also be able to offer rapid testing soon.

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Leadership in Diversity Educators Share Advice for Early-Career Teachers

The first months of the 2020-21 school year have been unlike those of any year before, and educators beginning their first year in the teaching profession face a number of unique challenges.

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Make Sure Your Vote Is Counted

It’s Election Day! Polls in Connecticut are open from 6am to 8pm. If you don’t know where to vote, visit the Secretary of the State’s voter registration lookup page to find your polling place.

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Remote Learning Can Take the Place of Snow Days This Winter

For the first time, Connecticut school districts are allowed to treat weather-related closings as remote learning days, if they so choose. Last month the State Board of Education (SBE) approved this change for the 2020-21 school year.

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CEA Webinar: How to Streamline Google Classroom

Join us Monday, November 2, from 4:30 to 5:30 and learn how to organize and streamline your assignments in Google Classroom.

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Five Days Until the Election: Drop Off Your Ballot or See if It’s Been Received

If you’re still planning to vote via absentee ballot make sure to drop your ballot off at the official ballot drop box in front of your town hall–the mail could take too long. If you have already voted by absentee ballot, you can check to make sure your ballot has been received.

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Districts Have Until Monday to Request Reallocation of COVID Funding, or Additional Funds

The State Department of Education this week informed superintendents that they have until Monday, November 2 to request reallocation of the Coronavirus Relief Funds they received from the state.

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Congresswoman Hayes Introduces Save Education Jobs Act

Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes is introducing the Save Education Jobs Act that will save almost 4 million jobs, spur economic growth, and help to mitigate the impact of students’ learning loss as a result of the pandemic.

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One Week Until Election Day: Make Sure You Know Who the Education-Friendly Candidates Are

If you’re planning to vote in person or haven’t filled out your absentee ballot yet, remember to check out CEA’s Legislator Report Card and District Comparison to see how the candidates running in your area stand on issues related to public education. 

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At First CEA Listening Forum Members Share Realities of Pandemic Teaching

“We want to hear from you about the challenges you face and any possible solutions,” CEA President Jeff Leake told members who joined a Zoom listening forum yesterday. Additional CEA forums are being held Tuesday and Wednesday so CEA members can give voice to the issues they are facing in their districts.

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Subscribe to BlogCEA and You Could Win a Safety Prize Pack, Including Cloth CEA Mask

Keeping a finger on the pulse of public education is important, especially during a pandemic when so much is changing so quickly and new expectations are being heaped on teachers.

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During Pandemic Retired Teachers Stay Engaged and Involved

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, CEA-Retired members are still meeting, volunteering, and staying engaged—virtually. At the CEA-Retired Annual Fall Conference yesterday nearly 200 retirees joined a Zoom call to hear the latest on politics, pensions, and public education.

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Spotlight on CEA Efforts to Recruit, Retain Teachers of Color

CEA’s efforts to diversify the teaching profession are receiving national attention via an NEA Today article that features Bridgeport teachers and discusses CEA’s recent campaign to interest young people in teaching careers.

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Attend a CEA Virtual Listening Forum

Many educators don’t have the resources they need, and when job demands become unsustainable, the result is anxiety, stress, and eventually burnout. We need to hear directly from you regarding what’s working and what’s not.

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Auto Insurance With Holiday Skip-Payment Option

NEA’s Auto & Home Insurance Program, provided by California Casualty, is offering a two-month holiday skip-payment option perfect for this time of year. Make the holidays easier on your wallet by taking advantage of this option. You can designate the two months you’d like to free up your money during the holidays. If you are already…

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Waterbury Art Teacher Wins Second Place in National “Get Out the Vote” Postcard Contest

Why is it so important to get out and vote? “We must stand together as educators and continue to advocate for a strong system and better resources all around,” says Waterbury teacher Sabrina Del Negro.

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Safety Tips for Remote Classrooms

Best practices for keeping virtual class meetings safe from Zoombombing attacks.

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The Trauma of Teaching and Learning During a Pandemic Must Be Addressed, Says School Climate Collaborative

CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas shared what teachers are going through this school year during a meeting focused on the trauma associated with learning and teaching during the pandemic and the need for more to be done to support schools.

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New Professional Development Workshops from CEA

The CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities, aligned with Connecticut’s professional learning standards, to help improve teaching practice and enhance student learning. New workshops are added frequently and are now being offered virtually.

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Your CEA Advisor Is Here

The October/November CEA Advisor is now online. Watch for it in your mailbox in the next few days, and don’t miss these and other stories in our special two-part Back-to-School and Election edition.

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Windsor Teacher Rochelle Brown Honored as Teacher of the Year

Poquonock School kindergarten teacher named Connecticut’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

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Windsor Locks Teachers Call on Board of Ed to Work Collaboratively on School Safety

Stand with us and keep us safe. That was the message Windsor Locks teachers sent to Board of Education members last night, calling on them to take the necessary steps to ensure school safety. Windsor Locks Teachers’ Association President Brian Deming said the board is not listening to teachers’ concerns and has repeatedly refused to…

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Tell Legislators What’s Really Happening in Your School

CEA is setting up virtual meetings between CEA members and their legislators. Talk to your local leaders to set up a meeting in your district.

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Equity Survey Results

New Survey Highlights Inequities in Student Educational Opportunities and Critical Resources That Risk Safety and Learning in State’s Lowest-Performing School Districts

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Deals and Discounts for CEA Members

Learn more about discounts on items you buy and use every day at the CEA Member Benefits Virtual Vendor Fair this Thursday, October 8—plus, check out highlighted NEA Member Benefits offers for October.

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Labor Unions Call for Tax Fairness

CEA has joined with a coalition of labor unions to run a television and digital ad campaign calling for a state budget that focuses on helping working and middle class people recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

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CEA Legal: COVID-19 and Your Rights

During the COVID-19 pandemic teachers have numerous questions about quarantine, the Americans with Disabilities Act, how schools should handle those who test positive for COVID-19, and more. CEA attorneys answer your questions in a series of webinars.

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Email The Governor

Tell the governor to issue an Executive Order so teachers placed in quarantine receive paid quarantine leave and don’t have to use their own sick days.

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Register for a Virtual CEA Retirement Workshop

CEA’s virtual comprehensive workshops on understanding and planning your retirement will cover all issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System, such as retirement eligibility, purchasing additional service, how Social Security may be affected, retiree health insurance, and choosing a retirement plan.

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Your CEA Membership Card Key to Unlocking Benefits of CEA Membership

Your 2020-21 CEA membership card has recently arrived or will soon be arriving in your mailbox.

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PDECs: Deadline 10/8 to Choose Evaluation Plan to Lighten Load on Teachers

Teachers who already worked long hours are working harder and longer hours than ever before during this unprecedented school year—which is why CEA and AFT Connecticut worked successfully with the State Department of Education to provide teachers with flexibility when it comes to teacher evaluation.

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Register for the CEA Member Benefits Virtual Vendor Fair

Join the CEA Member Benefits Virtual Vendor Fair on October 8 to explore special offers and score savings. Hear about discounts on items you buy and use every day.

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CEA Issues Report Card for Legislators

Guide measures legislators’ support for public education; honor roll distinction awarded to education champions

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Darien Teachers Rally, Urge Board of Ed to Keep Students and Teachers Safe

Darien Education Association members were out in force to let their community know they have serious concerns about a full reopening of schools in a district whose neighbors are experiencing growing numbers of COVID cases.

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It’s National Voter Registration Day – Are You Registered?

Find out how to register to vote in Connecticut, and how to vote by absentee ballot this year if you so choose.

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Manage Your Stress and Help Your Students

A new, free course from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence aims to help educators care for their own well-being so they can better support their students.

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CEA Sends Wishes for Speedy Recovery to Congresswoman Hayes

We at CEA send healing wishes to Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and her staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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CEA Mourns the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

CEA honors the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who fought for equality and fairness for working women and men.

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Help Fellow NEA Members Affected by Disaster

Large-scale disasters cause tremendous devastation and strife for NEA members and their families. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to the NEA Oregon Wildfires Relief Fund and/or the NEA Hurricane Laura Relief Fund.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with these lessons, activities, videos, and more.

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Students, School Staff, and Families at Risk Due to Lack of State Policy Following COVID-19 Outbreaks

State mandate, transparency, and open communication must guide local and regional districts to keep everyone safe.

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Enter to Win a Jeep Compass from California Casualty

Join NEA Member Benefits partner California Casualty in its effort to stop distracted driving, and enter for a chance to get home safely in a new 2020 Jeep Compass.

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NEA Members Can Receive Two Free Magazine Subscriptions

NEA Member Benefits offers NEA members two free magazine subscriptions per year. Choose from a variety of popular, iconic titles brought to you by the NEA Magazine Service.

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Teacher Creates DIY Desk Barriers for a COVID-Safe Classroom

Like many educators, New Milford teacher Dr. David Mirto is worried about how the return to school might impact his family and his own health.

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Students Are Back in School, but Safety Varies District to District

Most Connecticut students are now back in school, but reopening has not gone smoothly in all districts. Four districts have already been forced to close schools because of COVID-19 cases, and many more have students and staff members who are currently quarantined.

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Free, Confidential Hotline Available for Teachers Managing Stress and Anxiety

A free, confidential hotline is available to help teachers manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus crisis. Get connected to a trained professional for immediate assistance.

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You Could Win a Safety Prize Pack When You Subscribe to BlogCEA

Keeping a finger on the pulse of public education is important, especially when election results remain undecided and the demands of teaching during a pandemic are heaping more expectations on teachers.

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September Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

As an NEA member you can save on everything from an iPad to flowers to a new or used car. Remember to check out the deals and discounts available to you this September and every month.

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Legislators Question SDE About School Reopening

“These are hard, difficult times we’re in,” State Rep. Robert Sanchez told his colleagues on the legislature’s Education Committee. “I hope we see all children going back to school in the next couple of weeks and there are no spikes, but we’ll see what happens.”

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‘Plan for the Worst and Hope for the Best,’ Recommends Litchfield Local President

Some students are returning to Connecticut schools this week, others go back next week—Litchfield students were among the first in the state and headed back to school last Wednesday.

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Advice and Tips for Early Career Educators

This back-to-school season is challenging for all educators, but it can pose specific hardships for those at the beginning of their careers. That’s why NEA has created resources to support new educators at the beginning of the school year and beyond. Check out the podcast, video, blog posts, webinars, and more—or share them with your…

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Receive a $25 Gift Card for Your Completed Auto Quote

The NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program by California Casualty saves members an average of $423 a year. Each policy includes educator specific benefits, free ID theft protection, pet injury coverage, and exclusive member-only rates.

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It’s Back-to-School, and CEA Is Here for You

In this back-to-school video message, CEA leaders explain the importance of continuing to speak out for safe schools.

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East Haven Teachers Rally for Safe Schools, Delayed Opening, and Hybrid Plan

“We cannot guarantee the safety of our students or our teachers when schools reopen next week,” Mike Archambault, East Haven Education Association Vice President told the members of the East Haven Board of Education last night.

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Sign up for Retirement Workshops

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Moratorium on Federal Student Loan Payments to Continue Through December 31

The moratorium on federal student loan payments will continue automatically through December 31, without penalties or the accrual of interest. In addition, federal borrowers will receive credit toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness and loans in the federal rehab process without having to make a payment. As with the original relief package, the president’s order does not affect private student loans. 

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Share Your School Reopening Concerns

Send an email to the governor and commissioner to share your concerns about school reopening.

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Unions Band Together for Safe Schools

Support core principals aligned with CEA recommendations Read the unions’ 13 reopening standards Read CEA’s Safe Learning Plan and Updated Recommendations Watch News Conference Unions across the state have joined together calling for reopening schools in person only if districts can guarantee that physical safety protocols can be met to keep students, teachers, and staff…

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Region 12 Teachers Hold Virtual Rally, Make Sure Board of Education Knows They’re Paying Attention

When the Region 12 Board of Education held a meeting earlier this week to vote on the district’s reopening plan, teachers showed up in force.

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Bridgeport Teacher Joins Colleagues on CBS This Morning to Share Concerns About School Reopening

Connecticut’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Sheena Graham, a Bridgeport music teacher, joined teachers from New York and New Jersey on CBS This Morning to share concerns about schools’ ability to manage the coronavirus spread.

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Community Donations Help Students and Teachers

Cars dropped off backpacks filled with crayons, markers, notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, erasers, tissues, hand sanitizers, and dozens of other items students and teachers will need when they go back to school during a supply drive spearheaded by iHeart radio personality Renee DiNino.

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Leading and Teaching with an Equity Lens

Sometimes opportunities disguise themselves as obstacles, said one of the nearly 70 participants in a virtual training for teacher leaders. The topic was equity in education, and the question was how to achieve it.

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Back-to-School Supply Drive This Wednesday in Hartford

CEA is teaming up with our colleagues at AFT Connecticut in support of a Teacher and Student School Supply Drive sponsored by iHeartMedia Connecticut’s Community Access program.

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Reps. Hayes and Courtney Talk School Reopening With CEA Members

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August Deals and Discounts From NEA Member Benefits

Remember to check out the deals available from NEA Member Benefits for savings on everything from appliances to computers to cell phone plans.

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Mortgage Assistance Program for Teachers

Are you considering buying a home? If you’re a first time home buyer, check to see whether you qualify for the Connecticut Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program. The Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program offers home loans at below-market interest rates to Connecticut public school teachers. To be eligible for the program, you must be employed as a…

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This Wednesday, Hear From Reps. Jahana Hayes and Joe Courtney on School Reopening

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CEA and AFTCT respond to Governor Lamont’s announcement to provide funding for school reopening plans

“Governor Lamont’s announcement of an additional $166 million to support school reopening plans is welcome news for educators and parents across the state. It demonstrates that the collective voices of teachers, support staff and communities during last week’s car caravans across Connecticut were heard. “Now is the time to also provide clear, updated safety guidelines…

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Guidance for Equitable, High-Quality, and Culturally Responsive Remote Learning Plans

In collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education and public education advocates the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University has developed guidance to support districts in creating equitable, high-quality, and culturally responsive and sustaining remote learning available to all children, no matter what their home situation and their education and language needs.…

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Washington Weighs In: Reps. Jahana Hayes and Joe Courtney on School Reopening

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Governor Listens to Teachers’ Concerns During Roundtable Discussion; Announces Additional Flexibility for Reopening

CEA and AFT Connecticut organized a meeting between the governor and teachers and were pleased that the governor responded to teachers’ concerns regarding the need for safety, equity, funding, and flexibility.

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Teachers Take Their Message to the Streets in Safety First Car Caravan Rallies Across the State

Across the state, students, parents, and community members joined School Safety First Car Caravans to demand safe school reopening plans.

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Washington Weighs In: Senator Chris Murphy on School Reopening

More than 70 CEA members who are local leaders in their associations joined a virtual meeting with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy this week to hear congressional plans and challenges when it comes to school reopening.

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NEA Virtual Town Hall – Reopening America’s Schools and Campuses Safely and Equitably

Join NEA for a virtual town hall to discuss how parents, educators, students, and communities can advocate for the safe reopening of public schools, facilities, and campuses.

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COVID-19 Webinar Series with Dave Melnick

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Bloomfield Teachers Organize Black Lives Matter March

Hundreds turned out for a community march for students, teachers, and families—Black Lives Matter in Bloomfield Schools—organized by Carmen Arace Intermediate School fifth grade teacher Mary Kay Rendock and her colleagues throughout the district.

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Teachers Facing Challenges With District Reopening Plans

Districts around Connecticut are preparing to send their reopening plans to the State Department of Education by tomorrow’s deadline, but how those plans have been developed and the provisions they contain vary widely by district.

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CEA School Safety First Car Rally

Join your colleagues in Hartford or at one of the simultaneous rallies being held in towns across the state and send a strong message to the governor that safe schools save lives and any school reopening must focus on safety, equity, and funding. WHO: All educators, staff, parents, students, and others supporting a safe school…

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NEA Answers Questions on Returning Safely to In-Person Instruction

Recent NEA webinars covered a lot of ground, including CDC guidance on how to reopen for in-person instruction and when to reclose, accommodations for high-risk groups, federal leave laws, waivers, health and safety committees, and bargaining for the common good to protect school communities during a global pandemic. Find out more and watch the webinar here.…

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Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on Governor’s Pledge to ‘Have Teachers’ Backs’

While we appreciate Governor Lamont’s pledge of “safety first” for our students and schools and his word that he will “have teachers’ backs” when it comes to masks, sanitizing, and social distancing, local districts need assurance that state funding will be provided for virus-related expenses.

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CEA Virtual Summer Experience Coming August 3-5

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Enter to Win an Academic Award

This week is your last chance! Enter to win $2,500 to put toward teaching supplies and school-related items courtesy of California Casualty, the NEA Auto & Home Insurance provider. The contest ends July 17. Realizing that every dollar counts when it comes to educating children, California Casualty created the $2,500 Academic Award to offset the amount NEA…

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State Board of Ed Waives Three School Days, Discusses Reopening Plan

The State Board of Education today voted to offer a waiver to Connecticut school districts for three of the 180 days usually required by state statute. Those three days could instead be used at the start of the school year for additional PD for staff, classroom set-up for educators, to provide social emotional services or…

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Check Your Email for a Survey From CEA

All CEA members should be on the lookout for a survey that is being emailed to you today or tomorrow by CEA President Jeff Leake. CEA and NEA are conducting a representative and scientific survey of CEA members because we want to hear your concerns regarding the state’s reopening plan.  Be part of the conversation.…

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Governor, Education Department Answer Questions About School Reopening Guidelines

During a webinar today State Department of Education (SDE) officials, joined by Governor Ned Lamont and Acting Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Deidre Gifford, answered questions submitted by educators and parents on a range of topics that included many health and safety concerns. While today’s webinar was a step toward answering teachers’ and parents’…

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How to Request an Absentee Ballot to Vote in the August 11 Primaries

The election this November 3 will be as important as any before it for students and teachers. Elections for federal and state positions will have wide-reaching impacts on everything from keeping our schools safe during the pandemic, to education funding, to involving educators in the decision making processes. For the first time ever in Connecticut,…

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NEA Webinar: Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction

NEA’s Office of General Counsel and Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy teams will host a webinar about returning to in-person instruction this Friday, July 17, at 3 p.m.

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CEA Members Join National Colleagues for Virtual NEA Representative Assembly

This year’s National Education Association Representative Assembly, themed Our Democracy; Our Responsibility; Our time was unlike any other, as more than 7,000 delegates logged in virtually to conduct the organization’s business.

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Vital to Address Teachers’ Concerns About Reopening Plan

Teachers have numerous concerns about Connecticut’s plan for school reopening, and CEA leaders are talking with members daily and working on ways to make sure these issues are addressed.

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New Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate Would Help Schools Reopen Safely

A new bill introduced by U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Chuck Schumer would be an important move toward allowing schools to open safely this fall. The Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act includes $175 billion for K-12 schools, $12 billion for special education, and $4 billion for the E-Rate program to narrow the digital…

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Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Voucher Supporters, Including DeVos

The U.S. Supreme Court today handed a victory to those seeking to divert money away from public schools and expand voucher programs. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that Montana must reinstate a voucher program and allow parents to use their vouchers at religious as well as secular private schools. “Let’s be clear about…

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Teachers Respond to School Reopening Plan

Teachers are concerned about a plan to return to school in the fall that doesn’t include testing or screening of staff and students, limits on class sizes, or provisions to ensure social distancing. Since the plan was released yesterday, many CEA members have been speaking out and sharing their concerns with Connecticut media outlets. “There…

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Connecticut Announces Plans to Fully Reopen Schools in the Fall

At a press conference this afternoon Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona announced reopening guidelines for schools that raise many questions and concerns for educators and parents. The guidelines include no class size caps, staggered schedules, or requirements for COVID-19 testing. “The reopen plan that we’re asking all districts to complete must include…

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Court Rules CT Schools Must Offer Special Education Services to Age 22

A landmark court decision is likely to have a significant impact on the state’s special education student population and a financial impact for school districts. Earlier this month a federal district court ruled that, consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Connecticut school districts must offer a free, appropriate, public education to special…

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NEA Tele-Town Hall Looks at Ensuring Equity and Racial Justice in School Reopening

Thousands of educators around the country last week joined a tele-town hall on education equity and safe school reopening. Organized by the National Education Association and moderated by award-winning reporter and C-SPAN host Jesse Holland, the event featured a live Q&A with NEA Vice President Becky Pringle and NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “Despite…

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Black Lives Matter Rally This Saturday in East Hartford

The death of George Floyd and those of other African Americans as well as the inequities some of their students face weigh heavily on the minds of many educators. To show their support for their students and community the East Hartford Education Association Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission is organizing a peaceful rally and march this…

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Mindful Moment: Relieve Tension

Simple acupressure techniques can help eliminate or reduce stress. Learn a few easy activities you can use and teach your students. Watch this week’s CEA Mindful Moment video.

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Mindful Moment: Bird by Bird

This series of short videos from CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field illustrates how mindfulness can enhance the overall well being of students and teachers. This week’s video is about the mindfulness lessons birds can teach us.

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Survey: Tell Us About Distance Learning Inequities

Teachers are rising to the challenge and educating their students in the most extraordinary circumstances.

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What Will School Look Like in the Fall?

Connecticut’s elected officials, health experts, education stakeholders, and others agree that when school resumes this fall, it is unlikely to look like school pre-COVID. Safeguards will need to be in place to protect students and staff against exposure to a virus that has no available vaccine and is still not well-understood. Protocol will need to…

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Funniest Home Videos—Teachers Share Trials, Tribulations, Tips, and True Stories from Distance Learning

A virtual forum hosted by CEA brought elementary school classroom teachers, special education teachers, media specialists, literacy coaches, school social workers, and others together to share tips, tricks, and challenges—and a few laughs—related to distance learning. Among the hurdles teachers reported: “Different schools and districts are comparing themselves to each other, but we don’t all…

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Stamford Teachers Voice Opposition to Proposed Budget Cuts

Teachers are working tirelessly to provide distance learning during an unprecedented pandemic and are keeping students engaged and learning while providing a slice of normalcy and stability for them and their families. When schools reopen, students will need additional supports to catch up and deal with the trauma caused by the pandemic. Now is not…

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Let Go and Feel Free

Are you holding on to anger or resentment? They could be causing you undue anxiety and stress. Watch this week’s CEA Mindful Moment video, and learn activities to help you let go and enhance your well-being.

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Stratford Teachers Answer the Call to End Hunger

On a regular Saturday, the parking lot at Victoria Soto Elementary School in Stratford’s south end sees some 150 families come through for a monthly food pickup from the Connecticut Food Bank. Lately, however, those numbers have nearly doubled. And the same teachers who have spent the first Saturday of every month this school year…

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Science Teacher Finds Novel Way to Help Healthcare Workers

When Brookfield High School science teacher Heather Biancheri learned of the impact COVID-19 was having on members of her community, she did what many fellow educators around the state began doing: helping those most vulnerable with food delivery and more. “I began volunteering to deliver food each week to senior citizens to keep at-risk people…

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Gratitude Helps Reduce Stress

Learn how taking a few minutes for gratitude meditation can increase positive feelings. Giving yourself regular reminders of what you’re most grateful for can have a powerful impact on your body and mind. Find out more by watching this week’s CEA Mindful Moment video.

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Mansfield Teacher Grocery Shopping and Raising Money for Those in Need

Teachers who are caring for young children or elderly relatives or who have other responsibilities to balance while learning new platforms and teaching their students are stretched incredibly thin right now, but many teachers who have the time are finding ways to give back. Mansfield teacher Louis Goffinet is one of them.

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We’re in This Together

During these challenging times teachers are going above and beyond to learn new skills to reach their students. Watch CEA members from around Connecticut describe teachers’ role during this health emergency.

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President Signs $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package

The aid package the U.S. House passed this afternoon and President Trump has now signed into law includes $13.5 billion in dedicated aid for K-12 schools and billions more for child care and nutrition services. Among the elements of the bill are: Immediate stimulus checks for most households—up to $1,200 per person and $500 per…

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CT Schools to Remain Closed Until at Least April 20

In a press conference this afternoon Governor Ned Lamont announced that the earliest Connecticut schools will be allowed to re-open is April 20. To support students who are out of school for an extended time, the governor said that the state is working to get laptops and internet access for more children. The Partnership for…

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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…

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West Hartford’s Future Educators of Diversity Share Achievements, Plans

Future Educators of Diversity were at the top of the agenda at West Hartford’s Board of Education meeting this month, where the Board and community members learned about the organization’s mission, achievements, and planned activities. Future Educators of Diversity was piloted in West Hartford, where it has grown and is very active. Since then, similar…

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Stay Up to Date This Legislative Session AND Get a Chance to Win a $25 Gift Card

The 2020 session of the Connecticut General Assembly begins tomorrow. Though it’s a short session (three months compared to the five the legislature meets in odd-numbered years), it’s sure to be packed with many issues for lawmakers to tackle. Stay up to date on all the education-related happenings at the legislature this session by subscribing…

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Happy Holidays From CEA

CEA President Jeff Leake, Vice President Tom Nicholas, Secretary Stephanie Wanzer, and Treasurer David Jedidan—and all of us at CEA—wish you happy holidays and a wonderful 2020.

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Subscribe to BlogCEA for a Chance to Win

Keeping a finger on the pulse of public education in Connecticut is important—especially now, with so many expectations being made of teachers and our profession. It’s never been more important to stay up-to-date with your union and all the latest education news affecting Connecticut teachers. Here at BlogCEA we want to make sure you as…

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How to Conduct a Summer Financial “Tune-up”

Summer’s here and the time is right for … financial planning? That’s right. For educators who are busy during the school year, there may not be another opportunity to do so. And before you know it you’ll be back in the classroom. So consider following these steps from NEA Member Benefits to ensure you’re on…

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Scholarship Giveaway for NEA Members

NEA Member Benefits is offering NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash to reward you for your dedication and help you further your own educational pursuits. Now through August 31, 2019, you can enter each month. If you’re the lucky $5,000 winner, you could choose to fund professional development co