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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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.
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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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This section contains research articles and resource information generated by CEA and external sources regarding your retirement and pension.
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CEA keeps contract language organized by which town(s) have the language and which do not, so you can compare benefits among districts.
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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.
Use this application to look up your Connecticut state representative and senator.
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Are your state legislators supporting students, teachers, and public education or are they working hard against everything you believe in?
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- 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.
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A variety of Special Education workshops presented by Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA Retirement Specialist.
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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.
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Local and national news stories surrounding teacher evaluation.
A collections of research articles and supplemental information regarding teacher evaluation.
GOP Tax Plan Bad for Students and Teachers: Contact Your U.S. Senators and Representatives
Watch Rep. Larson stand up for teachers in a passionate criticism of the GOP tax plan.
The tax plan released by House Republican leaders and backed by President Trump is a bad deal for middle-class families and students across the country. It is a $5 trillion tax plan that gives away huge tax breaks for the wealthiest and corporations, while putting middle-class families at risk of higher taxes.
The plan eliminates the popular educator tax deduction that allows teachers to deduct eligible out-of-pocket classroom spending up to $250. Congress made this deduction permanent in 2015. Almost every educator pays out of pocket for school supplies. In fact, one estimate shows that educators spend between $500 and $1000 a year out of pocket. 3.7 million tax returns filed in 2015 claimed the educator tax deduction.
Connecticut's congressional delegation recognizes the harm this tax plan would inflict on teachers and middle-class families and strongly oppose it. Watch what they had to say last night about why the plan is wrong for Connecticut and the country.
The tax plan would also eliminate important parts of the state and local tax deduction—taking money out of the pockets of 44 million middle-class families across the nation. Eliminating any part of the state and local tax deduction equals a tax increase on middle class families that could have a negative, ripple effect on states' and local communities' ability to fund public services, like public education.
Other provisions in the tax plan would
- Create a voucher scheme that allows the wealthy to set aside money for private school expenses.
- Eliminate the student loan interest deduction. Currently borrowers paying off education loans can deduct up to $2,500 of interest paid on student loans.
- End the federal adoption tax credit, which is worth up to $13,570 for qualified adoption expenses.
- Give huge tax breaks to corporations that shift jobs and profits offshore by charging a much lower tax rate on the profits they earn overseas.
- Makes corporate tax cuts permanent, while eliminating the $4,050 per child tax exemption and only offering a temporary $300 tax credit for families.
Contact your elected officials
Thank your U.S. senators and representative for speaking out against this misguided proposal. They need to hear from you so they can share with their Republican colleagues how devastating this tax plan would be for the middle class.
Click on the links below to share your stories about how this tax plan would negatively affect you, your family, and your students.
|Senator Richard Blumenthal||Senator Chris Murphy|
|Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro||Congressman John Larson|
|Congressman Joe Courtney||Congressman Jim Himes|
|Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty|