We Are CEA
CEA advocates for teachers and public education. We've been a driving force in lobbying legislators for the resources public schools need and campaigning for high standards for teachers and students. Our proud history spans more than 150 years.
The CEA Representative Assembly (RA), held each May, is CEA's highest policy-making body.
Membership involvement is vital to CEA's mission. As a member of a CEA commission or committee, you are part of the process.
CEF is a non-profit, charitable foundation that was established in 1991 to help teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships and students planning teaching careers.
CEA is a democratic organization. Our members play an important role in determining the direction and focus of the Association through several elected governing bodies.
CEA offers a variety of grants and awards in the following categories:
- Public Relations
- Human and Civil Rights
- John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence
The National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) is NEA's highest decision-making body. With over 9,000 delegates, it is also the world's largest democratic, deliberative body.
Read the latest education news and information from CEA.
The U.S EPA has developed an innovative program - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools - to help schools identify and address indoor air quality problems.
Watch our various TV ads and video highlights captured throughout the year.
Check out our indexed collection of press releases distributed for the current year.
- Member Benefits
Download monthly board reports from our executive officers and management staff.
Policy and procedure documentation for members of CEA's Board of Directors.
Education news, tips and handouts for your 10-minute meetings, teacher discounts and special offers, and answers to commonly asked questions.
The driving principle behind CEA-Retired is to provide retired members an organization that works in conjunction with CEA to improve retirement, pension, and health benefits.
CEASP offers unique opportunities in professional development, community outreach, leadership, and networking with future teachers all over the state.
Visit our local and national affiliate websites — created and shared by your colleagues.
Resources and information for local presidents.
Information for treasurers and membership chairs regarding annual local and NEA dues, taxes, enrichment grants and more.
This section contains research articles and resource information generated by CEA and external sources regarding your retirement and pension.
CEA keeps the contracts for all the school districts in Connecticut so they are available to CEA members at any time.
CEA keeps contract language organized by which town(s) have the language and which do not, so you can compare benefits among districts.
Legislation and Politics
This section focuses on key topics of interest affecting public education for the current year and legislative session.
We're anywhere your issues require us to be. At the state legislature, before regulatory agencies, in the media, in your schools, and with state and local politicians.
Use this application to look up your Connecticut state representative and senator.
Use these political resources to stay in touch and get informed for some of today's most important issues.
Are your state legislators supporting students, teachers, and public education or are they working hard against everything you believe in?
Learn about our group of active and retired teachers who advocate for public education.
Read the testimony that CEA has given for current Legislative session.
- New Teachers
- Professional Learning
- Special Education
- Teacher Safety
- Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM)
Whether you're applying for your first certificate, a renewal, or the next level of certification, CEA can help make the process easy.
Learn about Connecticut's three-tiered certification continuum and its core requirements.
Whether it's your first time in the classroom or your sixth year, we are here with all the resources early-career professionals need. We've got classroom management and professional development ideas. We've got more ways to stretch your hard-earned dollars. And we've got your back.
CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities for teachers, aligned with Connecticut's professional learning standards.
Research articles and resources dealing with court cases and information related to special education.
Links to the CT State Department of Education and other outside resources.
A variety of Special Education workshops presented by Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA Retirement Specialist.
Timely state and national media pieces related to teacher safet.y
Consider whether your local association may want to negotiate any of these model contract provisions.
Model assault forms that can be used in your district or modified to fit your members' needs.
The Teacher Education and Mentoring Program (TEAM) is a two year induction program for beginning teachers that includes mentorship and professional development. Beginning teachers participating in the program are assigned a trained mentor to guide them through developing individualized growth plans, uniquely based on their own needs as educators.
Our extensive resource library of resource materials, documentation, PowerPoint presentations and more.
For Local Presidents
U.S. Senate Approves Final Passage of ESEA
July 16, 2015
The U.S. Senate today voted to improve current education law and shift the focus away from testing and punishing schools so educators can do what they do best—help students learn. The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which passed the Senate today 81-17, allows time for students to learn and ensures educational opportunity for every child.
"Educational assessments should not simply involve a high-stakes test or other solitary factor, but rather should include meaningful and valid data as well as reported gaps in resources, support, interventions, programs, and other indicators of school quality. These indicators should include factors such as: advanced coursework; numbers of fully qualified teachers, paraprofessionals and specialized support personnel; high-quality early education programs; health and wellness; and arts and athletics," said CEA President Sheila Cohen.
The Senate's new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) now heads to a congressional conference committee. The House of Representatives passed its own ESEA bill last week, and the conference committee will negotiate differences and present a bill to both chambers.
"While there is still room for improvement, this legislation is an important step in the right direction," said Cohen. "We look forward to the conference committee's reexamination and revision of certain key provisions including Senator Burr's Title I amendment."
An analysis by the Center for American Progress shows that approximately 58 percent of low-income students nationwide would receive less funding under this provision. Connecticut would lose $18 million in Title I funds for children in high-poverty schools.