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CEA President Jeff Leake welcomes more than 300 teachers to this year's Summer Conference.
August 6, 2018
Newly elected CEA President Jeff Leake welcomed more than 300 Connecticut teachers to CEA's annual Summer Conference in Cromwell, featuring workshops for educators at every stage of their career looking to strengthen their profession and their collective voice.
Showing archived photos and footage of the 1978 Bridgeport Teachers Strike, including recollections of those who were jailed for speaking up for their rights, Leake thanked teachers for "understanding the importance of standing together as a union and working hard to make sure that every teacher and student has the resources they need to be successful."
Once again, he added, "We face those whose intent is also to break this union. We must confront them and defeat their decades-long campaign to destroy public education, collective bargaining, and even the middle class. We must stand strong against the millionaires and billionaires who see education as a giant pool for profit. We must not let our voices be diminished.
"We are indeed in a war—for public education, for the working class, and possibly even for our democracy. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME this year is not the final battle in the struggle. It's time to stand strong, to resist, and to maintain the strength of our union, advocating for our students and our schools, and making certain that our members receive the compensation, healthcare, and pensions commensurate with the responsibilities of our profession. Few careers ask more of their professionals. Few enterprises invest so little with so many expectations. All we ask for are the resources to deal with our students as they come to us academically, emotionally, and psychologically. We know why we are teachers. We are teachers because we care—we are all about creating men and women capable of doing new things, nurturing the diverse talents of our students, and empowering them to reach their true potential."
Leake asked teachers, "What will CEA members be saying about us 40 years from now? Will they say we defended public education from those who wanted to destroy it? Will they say we triumphed over the assault on collective bargaining? Will they be able to say we did not give up? They will if we stand together."
CEA Executive Director Donald Williams commends teachers for standing strong together.
Thanking CEA members for dedicating time out of their summer break to enhance their skills as educators and leaders, CEA Executive Director Donald Williams reiterated, "Today we face many challenges. Your rights as union members are under attack—the right to be heard, to have a collective voice to advocate for your students, your classrooms, your salary, your benefits, your working conditions, and your retirement. The good news is that despite court decisions and billionaires who want to take away your rights, the teachers of the Connecticut Education Association are standing strong and together. The old expression, 'United we stand; divided we fall,' has never been truer than today, and in the face of great challenges, CEA teachers are united. Together, we will make a positive difference for our profession, for our children, and for education—which is truly the hope of the world."
CEA's two-day Summer Conference offers training for current and future teacher leaders in advocating for their profession as well as workshops on topics ranging from social-emotional learning to preventing and addressing student assault. The conference is free and open to CEA members only.
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.