Congress Approves Historic Bill to Create Greater Opportunities for Students to Succeed

“We applaud Congress for getting the job done—passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—and doing what is right for students, teachers, and public education,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “ESSA represents a new beginning for students who have suffered too long under Connecticut’s failed policies of top-down reform and a broken system where excessive test…

Building Meaningful Relationships Between School and Home

Successfully engaging families and communities is one of the most important means schools have of ensuring student success, yet community engagement frequently isn’t the priority it deserves to be. Today, on American Education Week’s Parents Day, we look back at the information author and parent engagement expert Anne Henderson shared at a CEA sponsored forum…

Future Educators Enhance Skills, Give Back to Community Thanks to CEA Student Program

Over 100 future educators from around Connecticut will be giving up their Saturday tomorrow to come together for professional learning and networking opportunities at the CEA Student Program (CEA-SP) Fall Conference. CEA-SP members have been busy planning the conference, but it’s only one of a variety of projects the group has already undertaken this fall.…

Nominate a Colleague for CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Awards

Why do we celebrate excellence? Educators live in a world filled with challenges and threats to their profession and their schools. But in spite of these challenges, educators find innovative ways to support and influence students and public education. CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge these dedicated and diverse men…

Corporate Program for Disadvantaged Children Under Fire

An experimental preschool program for low-income students, funded by Goldman Sachs, is drawing criticism. The program is geared toward helping underprivileged students in Utah, but it makes money for investors based on the number of “at-risk” students who avoid special education in kindergarten. While some are calling the program a success, reporter Nathaniel Popper’s article,…

What the United States’ Inordinately High Poverty Rate Means for Education

Teachers have been calling attention to the effects of poverty on students and the achievement gap for years. Now new analyses are offering new evidence of what educators have known all along—socioeconomic factors play a big role in children’s educational success, and international comparisons are often impacted. U.S. students do not, on average, score highly…

On New State Panel, CEA Pushes Ahead to Improve Testing Practices 

Over-testing students is a real thing across the U.S., according to Scott Norton, strategic initiative director for Standards, Assessment and Accountability at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), who discussed the purpose of state and local assessment programs at Tuesday’s meeting of the new state Mastery Examination Committee. Norton called states “smart” that…