We Are CEA
Over 43,000 members strong, 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
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- 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.
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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.
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As part of the state's largest teacher organization—43,000 members strong—you can take advantage of CEA's purchasing power with exclusive discounts at retailers, service providers, entertainment venues, and more.
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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.
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This section contains research articles and resource information generated by CEA and external sources regarding your retirement and pension.
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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.
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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.
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With Close of Education Funding Trial, Students, Parents, and Teachers Now Await Verdict
Bridgeport teacher Greg Furlong was one of several CEA members to share his firsthand experiences as a witness for CCJEF earlier this year.
After months at trial in Hartford Superior Court, the historic education funding case, CCJEF v. Rell, concluded with post trial arguments today. The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF)—a coalition made up of students, parents, towns, and education organizations including CEA—had filed suit against the state of Connecticut for failing to adequately and equitably fund public schools.
As a result of the state's education funding failure, lawyers for CCJEF argued that many children in high-poverty districts—including Bridgeport, Danbury, East Hartford, New Britain, New London, and Windham—lack the critical educational resources they need to succeed. Additionally, their educational opportunities are significantly unequal and inequitable when compared to those of students in wealthier districts.
In his closing remarks today, Joseph Moodhe, the lead attorney representing CCJEF, told Judge Thomas Moukawsher, "I think, Your Honor, you have before you now, a tremendous body of evidence that shows that we have an inadequate education system that is impacting large numbers of students in this state that cries out for the attention of the judiciary."
Earlier this week, Moukawsher indicated he struggles with the obligation to uphold the constitution of the state on the one hand, while also not overstepping the court's proper role.
He said that the way the legislature has often distributed state education aid, "You have no way to understand why one community gets one thing and another community gets another."
Yet Moukawsher noted, "If I order so many billions to go to education as a whole, are there going to be billions left to desegregate Hartford Public Schools? So too with respect to the Department of Children and Families. The court is telling [the legislature] 'spend this, spend that.' How do courts do that in a vacuum? How can a court say, 'Here's what you're going to spend' without even considering that there are other constitutional rights that you impinge on when doing that?"
Judge Moukawsher now has 120 days to issue a written decision, which he described as a "very interesting and demanding chore."
Regardless of the outcome in the case, the losing side will almost certainly appeal the ruling to the State Supreme Court.