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.
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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
CEA President: CT Teachers Will Continue to Stand Up for Transgender Students
The Trump administration has rescinded federal protections for transgender students in public schools that allowed them to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. While federal law remains the same and the interpretation of Title IX will ultimately be decided in the courts, this latest move does much to undermine the safety and security teachers know all of their students deserve.
"It is outrageous that the current presidential administration would sanction discrimination in this manner," said CEA President Sheila Cohen. "As educators, we prioritize ensuring safe, equitable educational opportunities for all students."
Cohen continued, "Here in Connecticut we have laws that ensure young people will not be discriminated against based on their gender identity or expression. All students in this country deserve those same protections, and we hope more states will follow Connecticut's lead."
She added, "A recent study that showed that the legalization of same-sex marriage was linked to a decrease in adolescent suicide attempts highlights the serious implications that policies can have on students' mental health. Rescinding these protections is a dangerous step backward for our country."
Below are a number of resources to assist educators and schools.
- Guidelines that assist schools in complying with Connecticut's gender identity and expression non-discrimination laws
- Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K12 Schools
- Legal Guidance on Transgender Students' Rights
- Resources from GLSEN to implement a safe schools campaign