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:
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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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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.
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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.
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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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President Trump Says Education System Leaves Students 'Deprived of All Knowledge'
Surprising many education observers, President Donald Trump mentioned public schools during his inaugural address today—but not in a way that pleased students, parents, or teachers.
Saying that "Americans want great schools for their children," Trump went on to describe the nation's current education system as one "flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."
"Flush with cash" is not the way most parents and teachers would describe their local schools.
An analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that at least 31 states provided less state funding per student in 2014 than they did prior to the recession in 2008. The national average for public school per pupil spending stood at $12,296 for 2012-13. (Funds from the federal government only account for 9 percent of education spending, while local funds make up 45 percent and state funds account for 46 percent.)
Juxtapose that with the tuition costs at the schools Trump's children have attended.
Trump's youngest child goes to Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School where tuition ranges from $44,120 to $47,540 depending on the grade in which a child is enrolled. His four older children also attended private schools that currently charge tuition ranging from $30,000 to $55,000.
While almost everyone can come up with a wish list of aspects of public education they'd like to improve, the reality is that schools today are doing a better job educating a larger percentage of young people than ever before. Almost half of all high school students now go on to college.
Focusing on the many positives of our education system doesn't create the political will necessary for disruption and change, however.
Trump supports the privatization of public schools and his nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, has advocated for school voucher schemes and unregulated charter schools. The proposals she might advance as secretary of education are truly frightening to anyone who holds dear the future of our democratic public schools that serve all children.
The road to standing up for students and public schools during the Trump presidency will likely be a long and arduous one to walk. The first step? Call your senators at 855-882-6229 and urge them to vote against DeVos' nomination for secretary of education.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will vote Tuesday, January 24 on DeVos' nomination, so don't wait—make your call today.