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:
- 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.
Nancy Andrews, Director of Communications
- Benefits and Discounts
- Documentation and Reports
- Member Sections
- Retirement Information
- Uniserv Representatives
CEA members can enjoy exclusive access to discounts on attractions, merchandise, fitness and travel.
Take advantage of home, auto and life insurance programs.
Information on retirement plans offered by the State of Connecticut and NEA.
NEA's Attorney Referral Program provides members with legal advice on personal matters.
Learn about the credit cards, home financing programs and lines of credit available through NEA Member Benefits.
CEA members have access to a variety of benefits and programs to enhance your life and your career. Learn about the benefits for new and retired members and see what's available for you.
Download monthly board reports from our executive officers and management staff.
Policy and procedure documentation for members of CEA's Board of Directors.
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.
Visit our local and national affiliate websites — created and shared by your colleagues.
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
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?
- 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.
Local and national news stories surrounding teacher evaluation.
A collections of research articles and supplemental information regarding teacher evaluation.
East Hartford Stands Strong for Public Education
CEA President Sheila Cohen spoke this morning surrounded by East Hartford students, teachers, and parents.
May 30, 2017
"DeVos Wrong, East Hartford Strong!" That was the chant from more than 200 teachers, paraprofessionals, students, parents, and community members gathered on the front lawn of East Hartford High School this morning. The East Hartford community came together to protest remarks made by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last week criticizing the East Hartford Public School System despite never having set foot in any of the district's schools.
Emceeing the protest was Dr. John A. Langford Elementary School third-grade teacher and East Hartford Education Association President Annie Irvine, who said she was overwhelmed by the community response and grateful for the opportunity to "stand together and tell our collective story." Irvine noted, "Mrs. DeVos has pointed out that she has no idea about the learning happening in our classrooms in East Hartford and across the country."
CEA President Sheila Cohen echoed Irvine's remarks, adding, "We are here this morning because we cannot ignore the inexcusable and unforgivable attacks against our public schools and against our students. Betsy DeVos's uninformed assault on East Hartford Public Schools is reckless, and it is irresponsible."
East Hartford Education Association President Annie Irvine talked to WTIC radio this morning before the rally.
East Hartford students also lent their voices to the rally, having written letters to DeVos decrying her negative portrayal of their schools. Dozens of students biked, walked, and drove to school early and held up signs, chanting, "DeVos Wrong, East Hartford Strong!" Eleventh-grader Jadah Daley invited the Secretary of Education to visit and see for herself the outstanding work of public school teachers.
Joining the rally was U.S. Congressman John Larson, who graduated from the East Hartford Public Schools 50 years ago this June and worked there as a teacher. (His daughter currently teaches at East Hartford High School.) Larson encouraged students to continue writing letters to DeVos and pledged to personally hand-deliver every message. "East Hartford is symbolic of public education everywhere, so stand proud! You attack one of us, you attack all of us."
Irvine, Cohen, Larson, and others implored their elected and appointed officials to support public education and provide the funding and resources students need to succeed.