CEA President Sheila Cohen on Celebrating American Education Week

This month we celebrate American Education Week, a recognition of all that is outstanding about public education in America and in Connecticut. American Education Week honors excellent teaching and learning. Each day our students come to us with a wealth of experiences and an enthusiasm for learning. This week, as many parents visit our classrooms,…

Connecticut Students and Teachers Celebrate Veterans Day

Students and teachers around Connecticut have been celebrating Veterans Day yesterday and today. From a school-wide assembly and classroom read-alouds by veterans and active duty military personnel at Poquonock Elementary in Windsor to an observance at Trumbull High School featuring performances by the school’s marching band and chamber singers—students from kindergarten to twelfth grade have been honoring…

What Teachers Need to Know About the New Student Data Privacy Law

A law protecting student data privacy went into effect October 1, and Connecticut districts are required to make sure they’re in compliance. The public act that passed the Connecticut General Assembly last spring protects classroom data by restricting how student information may be collected and used by certain websites, apps, and board of education contractors…

Despite Opposition, Board of Education Approves Controversial Teacher Prep Program

In spite of serious concerns raised by teachers, CEA leaders and staff, state university deans of education, and community members, the State Board of Education today voted to allow the controversial Relay Graduate School of Education to begin operating in Connecticut. Relay provides a shortcut to teacher certification whose methods and outcomes have repeatedly been…

CEA Presses PEAC for Answer: What Is the Purpose of the Mastery Test?

CEA leadership pressed the state’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) today to answer a fundamental question: What is the purpose of the state mastery test? Frustrated that the group has examined the same question for months—with no progress on articulating an answer—CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told PEAC members, “We’re retilling already tilled soil. What…