Community Schools Model Passes House and Senate

Schools in Connecticut will soon have a new option for providing various educational and social services to students, families, and community members. An Act Concerning Community Schools passed the Connecticut House today, has already passed the Senate, and Governor Malloy is expected to sign it into law. The bill allows any public school to adopt a Community…

Teacher of the Year Says Best Evidence of Good Teaching is Found in the Hearts and Minds of Students

“What all of us teach is understanding. Understanding of the world around us and the people in it,” Connecticut Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger told delegates at the CEA Representative Assembly Friday night. Messinger, a former actor, both amused and inspired the nearly 400 educators.  The Cromwell fifth-grade teacher encouraged educators to focus on…

CEA President Thanks Teachers for Commitment to Students

In her remarks before the CEA Representative Assembly this Saturday, CEA President Sheila Cohen reflected on some of the historical events that hold special significance for the Association. One is the Bridgeport teachers’ strike, which helped shape Connecticut’s binding arbitration law. She also did not hesitate to call attention to the efforts of the current…

Teachers from Around the State Gather to Decide CEA Policy

Nearly 400 CEA members are gathered this weekend for the CEA Representative Assembly (RA), which is underway tonight in Cromwell.  The CEA RA is CEA’s highest policy-making body. Today and tomorrow delegates – elected from CEA’s more than 160 local affiliates – are taking action to decide Association policies. Some highlights from tonight include a…

Teacher Shortage Areas for 2013-14

Every fall the Connecticut State Department of Education surveys public school districts to determine teacher shortage areas. Educators working under an endorsement that is considered a shortage area may be eligible for certain benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance. The State Department of Education recently released the Certification Shortage Areas for 2013-14, which…

Future Teachers Recognized

The life of an education student can be a busy one—filled with classes, school work, extracurricular activities, sometimes a part-time job, and student teaching—especially at the end of the semester. A recent CEA Student Program (CEASP) banquet allowed members a rare opportunity to relax, connect with students from other universities, and be recognized for their…

Education Commissioner Thanks Teachers

The Connecticut State Department of Education asked that we share the following statement, released yesterday. State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor Recognizes National Teacher Day In recognition of National Teacher Day, State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor released the following statement: “As the son of two former public school teachers, as well as…