CEA Advisor: December 2017 - January 2018

DECEMBER 17 - JANUARY 18 CEA ADVISOR 3 IN THIS ISSUE 2 LEADING Getting ready to make your New Year’s resolutions? Here are five resolutions every teacher should commit to in 2018. 4 ORGANIZING A new lawsuit, Janus v. AFSCME , picks up where Friedrichs left off—with the goal of weakening unions, including those that protect teachers’ rights. See how you can fight back. 5 MOBILIZING Tremendous work by CEA leaders, staff, and members kept many damaging proposals out of the new state budget. Measures that would have decimated school budgets, forced program cuts and teacher layoffs, and put money from teachers’ paychecks into the state’s General Fund—instead of teacher pensions—were exposed and defeated. 6 SUPPORTING Being a new teacher can be tough. CEA’s model PAL program, which has already launched in towns like East Windsor, is giving our newest colleagues a hand up. 7 DEVELOPING In Manchester, conversations about race and equality are encouraged through the work of the Association’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission. Get tips on starting or growing your own EMAC. 8 REMEMBERING CEA dedicates a memorial to children and educators who have been victims of violence. 9 CELEBRATING More than 100 public school educators take the stage at a ceremony honoring Connecticut’s 2018 Teacher of the Year and thousands of excellent colleagues who innovate and inspire in their classrooms. 10-11 EVOLVING Teachers around the state are getting ready for the Next Generation Science Standards. See how they’re preparing and what resources are available to you. 12 SAVING CEA’s redesigned Member Benefits website— cea.org/mb —puts more of your hard-earned money in your pocket. Check out dozens of new discounts and better savings, and enter to win weekly prizes! 13 INFORMING Don’t miss our annual New Teacher Conference. Workshops on everything from Google Classroom to classroom management help you be your most effective, confident self. 16-17 HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS FAQs on Connecticut’s updated restraint and seclusion law, CEA-exclusive teacher safety resources, and recommended resources, events, and awards for educators who advance human and civil rights. 18 BUDGETING An update on CEA’s fiscal health from CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas. 19 CEA-RETIRED Mark your calendar for the 2018 CEA-Retired Winter County Meetings. 20 DEFENDING Read how CEA’s legal team cleared a veteran teacher’s record and restored her lost wages after an unexpected suspension. Also learn how to navigate social media without jeopardizing your career. ON THE COVER 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Erin Berthold uses technology to enhance her students’ learning. 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Postmaster: Send address changes to CEA Advisor , Connecticut Education Association, Capitol Place, Suite 500, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, CT 06106-8001 December 2017 - January 2018 Volume 60, Number 3 Published by Connecticut Education Association 1-800-842-4316 • 860-525-5641 • cea.org CEA Advisor CEA Advisor Staff Nancy Andrews................. Communications Director Lesia Winiarskyj.................................Managing Editor Sandra Cassineri................................Graphic Designer Laurel Killough...................... New Media Coordinator CONNECT WITH CEA blogCEA.org facebook.com/ CTEdAssoc twitter.com/ ceanews youtube.com/ ceavideo cea.org instagram.com/ cea_teachers flickr.com/ photos/ceapics Production date: 12-6-17 SHOWCASE THE GREAT WORK IN YOUR LOCAL Enter CEA’s Newsletter and Website Competition Does your local have a newsletter or website? Why not enter the CEA Newsletter and Website Competition? Now online and easier than ever, the annual competition is open to all local Associations across the state and recognizes teachers and locals promoting communication. The best newsletters in five categories by size of Association membership—as well as the best new entry and best local Association website—are recognized at the CEA RA in May. Entries must be received by 5 PM on Friday, February 23, 2018. Go to cea.org/about/grants-awards/newsletter-website . NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship accepting applications Rebecca Mitchell joined CEA’s Member Legal Services team on October 21, 2017, replacing CEA Legal Counsel Chris Hankins, who retired October 1. Attorney Mitchell represents members and local affiliates before courts and administrative agencies in matters involving salaries, benefits, and working conditions, including workers’ compensation claims, enforcement of arbitration awards, tenured teacher termination hearings, unemployment compensation claims, unfair labor practice charges, freedom of information complaints, and bargaining unit clarification. Mitchell previously served as CEA’s UniServ Rep in Unit 1, representing teachers in Bridgeport. Before joining CEA, she worked for 12 years with the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) in Springfield, Mass. Starting as an attorney, she worked her way to NAGE assistant general counsel and lead counsel for the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP). As NAGE assistant general counsel, she represented city, state, and federal employee union members in administrative hearings, unfair labor practices, and arbitrations. As IAEP lead counsel, she represented union members in private-sector administrative hearings, unfair labor practices, and arbitrations, as well as advised and coordinated the legal processes of the division for that sector. Prior to that, she worked in private practice. Mitchell earned her J.D. from Western New England University School of Law in Springfield and her B.A. from Clark University in Worcester. MEET THE NEWEST MEMBER OF CEA’S LEGAL TEAM Applications are being accepted through February 5, 2018, for the 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship—a year of professional development that includes a field study in South Africa. The fellowship is an opportunity for K-12 educators to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. NEA Foundation Global Learning fellows participate in a 12-month professional development program that includes in-person workshops, online coursework, webinars by leading experts, peer learning, and a field study experience. The Foundation welcomes applicants with global experience as well as those who have never left the country. The top requirement for the program is caring about the world and sharing that passion with students. A maximum of 50 applicants will be accepted. Apply at neafoundation.org/for-educators/ global-learning-fellowship .