The Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, and the Bloomfield Education Association are tackling reading with a weeklong celebration of literacy featuring football stars and fun activities to encourage hundreds of middle school students at Carmen Arace School in Bloomfield to pick up a book and read.
Read Across Connecticut is almost here, and to support children’s growth as readers CEF, CEA’s charitable arm, will be collecting books for children in kindergarten through grade 12 on March 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at Blue Back Square in West Hartford.
The legislature’s vote last year to require children to be five by September 1 before starting kindergarten moved the state in line with the rest of the country and ensured children are developmentally ready for the academic and social emotional requirements of an elementary school classroom. Now some are calling for a year-long delay to this legislation.
CEA Aspiring Educators met as a group with legislators on the Education Committee for the first time recently and shared personal stories about the obstacles to becoming a teacher, including unpaid student teaching and low starting salaries.
Districts are developing their new teacher evaluation plans this school year, and to provide them with an important tool in moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach, the State Board of Education today approved state model leader and educator evaluation plans.