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 RA Delegates Call for Increased Accountability for Charters, Honor Public Education Supporters
Stamford teacher Tricia Conduah joins a Rhode Island delegate on the floor of the NEA RA in Boston.
July 5, 2017
The over 7,500 teacher delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) have been hard at work—even over the
Independence Day holiday.
Yesterday the delegates in Boston voted to approve a new Policy Statement on Charter Schools that reinforces
NEA's support of state and local efforts to limit charter growth and increase charter accountability, and slow
the diversion of resources from neighborhood public schools to charters. The policy allows NEA to continue
organizing charter school educators who want to provide all students, no matter where they live, with the
opportunity for a great education, and are standing up for better, more accountable charter schools.
Before debating issues among all delegates on the floor of the RA, Connecticut delegates meet every morning at
7:00 for a caucus to discuss the issues and decide whether to support resolutions and new business items. Above
left, CEA Board of Directors member and Stamford teacher Tricia Conduah joined a Rhode Island delegate to remind
their state delegates of the caucuses' positions.
NEA Delegates Recognize Public Education Supporters
Actor, director, and author LeVar Burton received the NEA Friend of Education Award from NEA President Lily
In addition to debating resolutions and new business items, delegates to the NEA RA also take time to honor
those who are making important contributions to public education.
On Monday, NEA gave its highest honor, the Friend of Education Award to actor, director, and author LeVar
"I believe that what you have to offer is essential to this nation," Burton told educators. "And our desire to
lead the world in any meaningful manner depends on you."
Alluding to budget cuts and the threat of privatizing school services, Burton stressed the importance of
adequately funding the nation's public school education system.
"Without you, we go nowhere," said Burton, "Unless we support you, we don't get this job done."
On Tuesday delegates were inspired by social justice advocate Marley Dias, a New Jersey resident who is only
12-years-old. She is the activist behind #1000BlackGirlBooks—an international movement to collect and
donate children's books that feature Black girls as the lead character.
More than 9,500 books have already been collected for donation to schools and other institutions in the U.S. and
To donate to Marley's campaign, click here and scroll down to a list of recommended book titles sorted by
author, title, and reading level. Donors can buy a book from the list and ship it to Marley at the following
GrassROOTS Community Foundation
c/o Marley Dias
59 Main Street, Suite 323
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Teachers are a selfless group who choose their profession because of a love for children and teaching, not for any expectation of accolades or honors. And that makes those times teachers are recognized and have a chance to be in the spotlight all the more special.
Once again, the Connecticut Education Foundation's Board of Directors invites you to support the Children's Fund by joining Association members and CEA staff at the 25th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15.
Teachers have a lot to say on issues from their pensions to classroom safety this legislative session, which is why local associations around Connecticut are meeting with their legislators and making their voices heard.
Speaking to hundreds of students at Harding High School in Bridgeport today, Governor Ned Lamont encouraged his audience to pursue a career in teaching and be role models for the next generation of students.
Wearing #RedForEd T-shirts, several hundred Waterbury teachers showed their strength as a union, their dedication to their profession, and their value to the community they serve when they packed a March 7 Waterbury Board of Education meeting.
Community schools, minority teacher recruitment and retention, the opportunity gap, and school literacy were just some of the issues members of the legislature's Education Committee heard public input.
"Our students would only benefit from having more opportunities to learn about the culture, struggles, and contributions of African-Americans and Latinos throughout history," Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley told the legislature's Education Committee
"Teachers become teachers because we want to help kids," says Danbury building rep Lori Woodruff. "It's the same with our union—we are here to help each other. As teachers, when we're involved with the union we can do more to help one another."
Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour kicked off on February 25, featuring a customized blue bus decorated with well-known Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books.
At a public hearing of the legislature's Education Committee today, classroom teachers—along with CEA leaders and staff—gave powerful testimony urging lawmakers to address the crisis of violent student behavior in rural, urban, and suburban schools throughout the state.
Teachers, CEA leaders, and staff testified before the Connecticut General Assembly's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on issues critical to teachers this legislative session. These issues included school climate, classroom safety, the persistent shortage of ethnic minority educators, and funding for public schools.
CEA supports sensible ways of assisting the state in its efforts to make up for decades of underfunding teachers' retirement, including the governor and treasurer's plan to smooth out the state's payments to the fund over a longer period of time and lower the investment earning assumption to a more realistic rate.
"We reject the idea of cutting our way to prosperity. That has never worked," said Connecticut AFL-CIO President Sal Luciano. His remarks came at a press conference yesterday where members of the labor community, including CEA, called on the state to adopt a pro-growth, investment budget.
Project Oceanology and New England Science and Sailing are partnering to offer "Sound Education: Working with NGSS and STEM in Long Island Sound". This is a FREE two-day PD event from April 5 - April 6 for teachers in grades 4-12, with overnight accommodations provided in Project Oceanology's waterfront hostel.
Legislation passed late in 2015 made many "tax extenders" semi-permanent, but there are still a few esoteric items that keep everyone on tenterhooks when, as once again this year, Congress fails to pass the tax bill by the end of the year.
Marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It's likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.