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.
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.
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
NEA Executive Director John Stocks, who recognized Connecticut on the floor of the RA Monday, stopped by the
7 a.m. CEA Caucus today to speak with members.
July 3, 2017
"All across the country, you are demonstrating that we have the resolve to fight for what's right for our
students and educators, the resilience to take a hit and bounce back, the audacity to demand respect, and the
relentless will to win," NEA Executive Director John Stocks told delegates at the NEA Representative Assembly
"In school after school, campus after campus, local after local, state after state, it is you who are giving
voice to the needs of our students, educators, and public education," he said.
Stocks specifically recognized the teachers in the Connecticut delegation for one of the important victories
educators have achieved in recent months. He led the more than 7,500 delegates from across the country in
applauding CEA's success in preventing 22.5 percent of teachers' evaluations from being tied to state mastery
CEA President Sheila Cohen spoke to Connecticut delegates at a CEA Caucus meeting Monday.
Although teachers face an uphill battle given the Trump administration's stance on public education and the
Supreme Court's anti-union leaning, RA speakers reminded delegates that they do have real power as union members
and respected members of their communities.
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said that those who support the Trump agenda "will try to take away your
freedom to organize. They will try to take away your freedom to negotiate with a collective voice. They will try
to silence us because when we win, the entire community wins. Working people who don't even have access to a
union win, because we're there to fight for their kids' schools and affordable college and affordable health
care; for their Social Security and Medicare; for a living wage and the ability to support our families. So they
want us stopped."
But, she added, "They won't succeed. Because we know in our bones who we are. And we will tell every new
colleague the truth about who we are: We are the members of the National Education Association. We are the voice
of education professionals. Our work is fundamental to the nation, and we accept the profound trust that is
placed in us."
Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of fairness and the state's future generations, the governor's new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools.
A change to the retired teachers' health insurance program that was adopted by the State Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) this month will impact retired teachers and spouses who are on—or will soon be on&mdsah;the TRB's Medicare supplement (65 and older) plan.
Public officials are elected to represent the interests of local residents, but members of the Stratford Board of Education abdicated their responsibility to town residents by shutting them out of a public meeting.
State Supreme Court ruling in the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell delivered a mixed verdict—bad for school funding, while rejecting the lower court's attempt to create burdensome schemes for testing, teacher evaluation, and education policy.