East Lyme Kindergartners Make the Holidays Brighter for Others

Thanks to the efforts of their teachers and parents, kindergarten students at Flanders Elementary School in East Lyme had the opportunity to find out how good it feels to give this holiday season. Through the Holiday Bear Project kindergarten teachers at Flanders organized their students to purchase gifts for thirteen needy children who attend another…

Apply Now to Become a 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

All active NEA classroom teachers now have the opportunity to apply for a unique global learning opportunity. The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers both a summer international field study and year-long professional development. The NEA Foundation recognizes that, in order for students to prepare for the global age, educators must first be equipped with…

ESSA and Federal Funding Focus of Education Committee Forum

While the election of Donald Trump raises many questions about the future of public education, state Department of Education officials remained cautiously optimistic yesterday that the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law last year will allow Connecticut schools to move in a positive direction. “This is truly a historic opportunity in public…

Mastery Examination Committee’s Draft Report Falls Short

A 21-member group tasked with reviewing the appropriateness of Connecticut’s statewide mastery examination reviewed a draft report today prepared by the State Department of Education (SDE) outlining several findings and recommendations. Unfortunately, the Mastery Examination Committee’s report fails to address substantial concerns raised by CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Reform Donald Williams and other…

Resources for Responding to Harassment and Discrimination at School

A report from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows an increase in the use of slurs and derogatory language in schools since Election Day—along with disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes, and Confederate flags. The report also found more than 2,500 specific incidents of bigotry and harassment directly related to election rhetoric, including assaults on…

NEA Members Successfully Pressure Company to Leave ALEC

When teachers come together and stand up to the forces behind privatizing our public schools they can make a big difference. A major force pushing privatization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has made headlines in recent years for advancing extreme right-wing legislation and attacking public schools and unions. A number of businesses support ALEC…