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CEA Op-Ed Calls for Improved Air Quality in Schools

“The health of students, teachers, and staff in our schools depends in large part on the quality of the air they breathe,” CEA Executive Director Donald Williams writes in an opinion piece in the Connecticut Post.

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Holiday Bear Is Back—Sponsor a Child in Need

It may be September, but the holiday season will be here sooner than we think—which is why the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, is rolling out its updated Holiday Bear Project.

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Teaching Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 to October 15 and celebrates the contributions, histories, and cultures of U.S. citizens with ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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Governor Wants to Extend School Mask Mandate

Governor Ned Lamont announced that he would like the state’s mask mandate in K-12 public schools to extend past September 30, when his executive order is set to expire.

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Media Coverage of CEA Back-to-School Survey

CEA’s most recent poll of members found teachers remain concerned about school safety as the pandemic continues into a third school year. In particular, teachers want to see improved ventilation systems, social distancing, and COVID-19 testing policies to protect students, educators, and their families.

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Sign Up for CEA’s Mindful Mondays Series

CEA, in collaboration with author Marc Brackett, founder and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, is launching a series of live webinars and online videos on a variety of topics to help you achieve your goals and improve your life inside and outside the classroom.

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On 20th Anniversary, Educators Talk Teaching 9/11

Many educators remember September 11, 2001, in great detail, but for their students the events of that day are history. CEA members say that makes teaching about the terrorist attacks and helping students of today connect to the impact of the attacks all the more important.

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CEA Leaders: Teachers Excited to Be Back in the Classroom, but Safety Concerns Taking a Toll

While Connecticut educators enthusiastically welcome students back into their classrooms, deep concerns remain about COVID safety—in particular, the lack of adequate ventilation in schools—and stress levels remain high.

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President Biden’s Path Out of the Pandemic Includes Safe Schools

In a speech about the country’s path out of the pandemic today President Joe Biden called on governors to require the vaccination of teachers and school staff and increase testing of unvaccinated students and staff.

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Strategies for Communicating with English Learners’ Families

There are many ways that educators can connect with families of English learners and keep that communication strong. Regular communication can be challenging to figure out, but in many cases, it can make a tremendous difference in students’ learning.

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September Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

This September, check out highlighted discounts from NEA Member Benefits on everything from meal kit delivery to school supplies and electronics. Browse all the deals and discounts available to you at neamb.com and cea.org/discounts.

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A Homecoming for Congresswoman Hayes, Education Secretary Cardona

Taking a break from the national stage to visit their roots, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes paid a special visit to Waterbury schools to welcome teachers and students back and applaud the state’s goal of ensuring safe in-person learning.

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State Releases 2020-21 Standardized Test Scores

The State Department of Education has released aggregate data from 2020-21 standardized assessments that show students who attended school in-person scored higher than did those learning under a remote or hybrid model.

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Register for an NEA Social-Emotional Learning Course

NEA is offering members six-week Social-Emotional Learning courses running September 20 – October 29. Learn how to help your students explore and express emotions, build relationships, and support one another.

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Manchester Education Association Social Eases Nerves for New Teachers

Being a new teacher can be overwhelming—which is why the Manchester Education Association made a special effort this year to welcome new teachers to the district and help them get to know one another.

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Back-to-School Greetings from Your CEA President and Vice President

Watch a back-to-school video message from CEA President Kate Dias and Vice President Joslyn DeLancey.

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State Receives Federal Approval of Plan for $1.1 Billion in COVID Relief for Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has approved Connecticut’s plan for the funding the state is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

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Breakfast of Champions: Windsor’s Newest Teachers Get a Warm, Hearty Welcome

Windsor Education Association leaders welcomed 75 new teachers into the fold with a buffet breakfast and words of encouragement from veteran educators, including CEA President Kate Dias.

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Granby School Community Looks to Grow Relationships in the Year Ahead

Today is the first day of school for students in Granby, but earlier this week school staff gathered for a district-wide convocation to reflect on the last year and a half of pandemic learning and look to the year ahead.

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Back-to-School Roundtable Emphasizes Safety and Supports for Students, Teachers

“Nobody is more excited than teachers to be back to school,” CEA President Kate Dias told reporters at Governor Ned Lamont’s Back-to-School Roundtable, held at Highland Elementary School in Cheshire.

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Updated State Guidance for Connecticut Schools

The State Department of Education (SDE) recently released updated guidance on mitigation strategies in Connecticut’s preK–12 schools.

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Teacher Appreciation Day at UConn Football

Get your choice of discounted seats and bring up to three guests with you to the Teacher Tailgate Tent before the homecoming game.

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Darien Education Association Hosts Minigolf Outing to Get Newest Teachers in the Zone

Anyone who’s new to a school remembers that mix of new-chapter excitement and first-day jitters. The same goes for teachers. That’s why leaders of the Darien Education Association pulled on their bright blue DEA T-shirts, grabbed a stack of Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards to hand out, and invited every new teacher in their district to…

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Governor: COVID Vaccines Now Mandatory for Connecticut Teachers, School Staff

In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Ned Lamont said the vaccine mandate for teachers takes effect September 27.

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Connecticut Welcomes New Education Commissioner

This morning, members of the Connecticut State Board of Education voted unanimously to recommend Charlene Russell-Tucker as Connecticut’s new education commissioner.

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Enfield Teachers Build Community, Even Amidst Challenges of Pandemic

Despite the challenges of this past school year, the Enfield Teachers’ Association continued to find ways to hold social events that allowed members to connect with their colleagues.

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Governor Says Yes, Kids Must Be Masked

During a news conference today, Gov. Ned Lamont said that students in K-12 will be required to wear masks for at least the first month of the new school year.

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Watch CEA Legal Team Webinar, Teachers & the Law

CEA legal counsel not only provides members assistance on a wide range of issues but also offers members free workshops examining the rights and responsibilities of teachers. Watch a presentation covering DCF investigations, social media and computer use, educators’ first amendment rights, workers’ compensation, and more.

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Educators Discuss Creativity and Innovation as They Prepare for New School Year

At a recent kickoff meeting of the 2021-22 Teacher Leader Fellowship Academy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, educators had a chance to come together to share their thoughts and reflections on the lessons they will take from the last year and a half into the new school year.

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Athletics Grants Available to Middle and High School Teachers

Have sports programs at your school been impacted by inadequate budgets?

Public high school and middle schools sports teams in need of financial help can score $1,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant.

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What the Most Recent Federal Student Loan Repayment Moratorium Extension Means for Borrowers

The Biden Administration has extended federal student loan forbearance until January 31, 2022. Find out what that means for you, especially if you’re a Public Service Loan Forgiveness candidate.

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At Back-to-School Meeting Superintendents Look to Year Ahead, Learn Science of Difficult Conversations

After a hiatus last year due to the pandemic, the State Department of Education again hosted its annual back-to-school meeting for superintendents, SDE staff, and other education stakeholders.

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CEA Leaders Talk Back-to-School With Channel 3

CEA President Kate Dias and Vice President Joslyn DeLancey joined Channel 3’s Mark Zinni to talk about the return to school from the teachers’ perspective.

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With CEA Grants, Teachers Take on Projects to Enhance Students’ Pride in Their Schools

From murals and shiny new bulletin boards to power-washed exteriors and flowerbeds, schools around Connecticut will be more welcoming for students and staff this fall, thanks to grants from CEA.

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August Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

This August check out the highlighted offers from NEA Member Benefits to save big on everything from school supplies to clothing to new and used cars.

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CEA Teachers, Member Benefits Partners Talk Savings

Teachers interested in getting the most out of their CEA membership participated in a 90-minute Member Benefits session that helped kick off day one of CEA’s annual summer conference, held virtually this year.

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Educators Share How to Engage Students in Conversations About Race

Teachers want all their students to feel seen, valued, and heard—yet it can be hard to know how to begin those conversations about race and cultural identity that can make students feel safe and welcome. That’s why Westport educators led a session on the topic at CEA’s Virtual Summer Conference.

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Teachers: Share Your Classroom Wish Lists With Channel 3

Teachers routinely spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on their students and classrooms. Channel 3 is stepping up to help.

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6 Simple Ways to Get Your Finances in Order

You know better than anyone: There’s never a dull moment in the life of an educator. It’s exciting and rewarding, but it can be a challenge when you need a minute to sort out the tough stuff—like finances. Luckily, you don’t need to put life on pause to get a handle on your budget. Your…

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10 Questions About Teacher Evaluation

Find out what’s new with regard to teacher evaluation for the coming school year.

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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.

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CDC Recommends Masks Stay On in School This Fall

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new recommendations that everyone in K-12 schools—including students and teachers—remain fully masked indoors this fall.

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Teachers Raise Money for Students in Need at Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament

This year’s tournament raised an estimated $20,000 for CEF’s Children’s Fund

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Coping with Stress, One Step at Time

Tips for finding rest and relaxation and processing the past school year.

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Updated COVID Guidance from State Health, Education Departments

The Connecticut Department of Public Health and State Department of Education have issued updated recommendations for COVID-19 prevention.

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Simsbury Teacher Writes Book to Help Students Understand Experience of Remote Learning

During the 2020-21 school year many students were faced with the unfamiliar prospect of remote learning and didn’t know what to expect. Simsbury teacher Agnieszka Petlik had a whole classroom of remote first graders, and their experiences and those of students like them prompted her to write the book Follow Me to Distance Learning.

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How to Save on Last-Minute Summer Travel

Want to get away—right now? Use these tips from NEA Member Benefits to plan the perfect summer adventure at a budget-friendly price.

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Many Upcoming Free PD Opportunities for Connecticut Teachers

The CEA Summer Experience is less than two weeks away, but it’s not the only upcoming opportunity for Connecticut teachers to gain new skills and hone their craft. CEA offers professional development opportunities to members year round, and the Connecticut State Department of Education is also offering summer learning activities for teachers.

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Support Funding to Update and Upgrade School Buildings

Every student should be able to learn in a safe, modern learning environment. Tell Congress to support $130 billion to update and upgrade our nation’s public school buildings. ›

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Apply for an NEA Foundation Grant to Support PD or Purchase Resources

Teachers frequently need outside funding to purchase classroom resources and to engage in meaningful professional development. The NEA Foundation has grants available to current NEA members to help with both.

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New Guidance for Schools from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidance for schools that supports in-person learning, urges vaccination for all who are eligible, and recommends masking for everyone over the age of two.

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CEF Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament Postponed Until July 26

The fundraiser that was to take place Monday, July 12, at Glastonbury Hills Country Club has been postponed until July 26 due to road closures and flooding on the course.

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Meet Your New CEA Leaders

CEA President Kate Dias and Vice President Joslyn DeLancey look forward to working with CEA members across the state to advance the teaching profession.

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There’s Still Time to Sign Up for the 2021 CEA Summer Experience

CEA’s virtual learning experience is coming up fast! You still have time to register, but don’t wait too long. Some sessions are filling up fast.

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July Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

This summer your NEA membership gives you discounts on camping equipment, sportswear, magazines, new and used cars, and much more. Check out all the deals and discounts available to you as an NEA Member.

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Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake and AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel on Academic and Educational Integrity

We affirm our commitment to the values of academic integrity and honesty that have been the hallmarks of American education for decades.

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The Online Summer Advisor Is Here

Summer is here, and so is your latest CEA Advisor (available online only). Read the latest about your union, your colleagues, and your profession.

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Shop your Auto Insurance this Summer and Receive a $25 Gift Card

Now through September you can choose two consecutive months to skip your insurance payments. And for a limited time, you can receive a $25 gift card for completing an auto quote. 

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CDC Releases New Guidance for Schools

The CDC has released new guidance for schools this fall that calls for continued masking, cohorting, and physical distancing when feasible for unvaccinated students and staff.

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Museums Free for Connecticut Kids This Summer

Thanks to funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, children 18 and younger plus one accompanying adult can visit more than 90 museums around Connecticut for free now through September 6.

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CEA Members Help Set NEA Agenda for the Year Ahead

As they worked to set the agenda for the nation’s largest labor union, delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly, including nearly 100 CEA members, considered and debated amendments to the NEA Constitution, bylaws, policy statements, and resolutions—as well as 59 new business items. 

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President and First Lady Address NEA Representative Assembly

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden joined the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) Friday to thank teachers for their dedication to their profession and stress the importance of investing in public education.

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Stacey Abrams Asks NEA Members to Speak Up and Defend the Right to Vote

CEA delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly found voting rights activist Stacey Abrams’ remarks to be timely as we head into the July 4th holiday weekend and celebrate our democracy.

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CEA Members Join National Colleagues for 2021 Virtual NEA RA

Nearly 100 Connecticut teachers are joining their colleagues from around the country this week for the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly.

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Watch Channel 3 This Friday for Special Segments on Teaching and Learning

Three Connecticut educators will be featured on Channel 3 this Friday on the 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 evening news sharing their experiences from the past school year and their hopes for 2021-22.

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Tips to Lower Your Home Cooling Costs

High summer temperatures, like those we’re experiencing with the current heat wave, usually translate to high energy bills. There are ways to stay cool and comfortable this summer, however, while also saving money.

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Educator Certification Shortage Areas for 2021-22

If you’re working under an endorsement that is considered a shortage area you may be eligible for benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance.

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Supreme Court Strikes Balance in High School Student’s Free Speech Case

The Supreme Court issued a decision in a case that questioned whether schools can legally punish students for speech on their social media accounts, even outside of school hours and away from school campuses.

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Region 14 Board of Ed Votes to Rescind Superintendent’s Contract

The Region 14 Board of Education has voted to rescind their contract with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Olzacki after a debacle with vaccine distribution.

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Teachers Help Combat Hunger in Their Communities

With the pandemic exacerbating food insecurity, hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents have been struggling with hunger; more than 150,000 of them are children. Fortunately, teachers have stepped in to help.

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Rep. Hayes Introduces Bill to Help Children Being Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes has introduced legislation to help combat hunger by expanding eligibility to free and reduced-price meals in schools.

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8 Smart Things to Do During Your Summer Break

During the school year, you’re laser-focused on your students and your work responsibilities. But come summertime, you finally have a chance to focus on you.

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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

Educators are overwhelmed by their exploding workload as a result of COVID-19, and specifically the continuing extension of the workday resulting from the pandemic. NEA developed COVID-19 workday guidance to help confront this issue.

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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.