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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.
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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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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.
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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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Be Ready to Act to Support Public Education: Join Your Colleagues
Kathryn Noonan, a first year teacher in Stonington, said she thinks it's especially important for new teachers to get involved.
The unprecedented number of calls and emails U.S. senators have received in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education make it clear that teachers understand the outsized role that policy and politics can play in their classrooms.
It's not just national lawmakers and decisions at the federal level that influence what happens in our schools, however. Often state-level decisions can shape Connecticut schools to a greater degree than federal policies do.
That's why grassroots organizing and activism here in Connecticut by those who know public education best—teachers—is so critical for ensuring high-quality public education for all Connecticut students.
Cheshire teacher Carolyn McElravy said, "We all need to be active participants in education policy. Everything legislators do impacts us."
McElravy joined more than a dozen other teachers gathered at CEA headquarters last night who were contacting their colleagues and urging them to stay stronger together by joining the Teacher Advocate Grassroots (TAG) Team.
CEA members who join the TAG Team will contact and meet with their elected officials when notified about issues impacting students and public education. Given the forecasted state budget deficit that lawmakers will have to address and bills legislators will consider this session, teachers need to be ready to stand up for their students to make sure children have the resources and services they need to succeed.
To join the TAG Team, contact CEA Political Action Associate Gus Melita by email or by calling 860-525-5641.
"There are a lot of controversial issues going on, and I want to lend a hand to help my colleagues," Kathryn Noonan, a first year teacher in Stonington, said.
"We can accomplish so much when we stand together. I witnessed it first hand with my mother, who is a teacher and union leader," Noonan continued. "Lawmakers sometimes don't have students' or teachers' best interests at heart, and teachers need to educate them on what we do and what we need for our students."
East Hartford teacher Kim Knapp said, "Teachers want to get involved, some just need a personal invitation. I am here tonight to provide that."
Paul Smith, a teacher at Rockville High School in Vernon, said he wants to help make sure teachers come together so that they can organize for key issues that affect them in the classroom.
"People who decide our future and school budgets need to hear from teachers about how education dollars should be spent," he said.
Smith added, "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. This is about every kid in every town, and we all have to work together for the kids."