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beginning teachers that includes mentorship and professional development. Beginning
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Trumbull Education Association President John Mastroianni and Tolland teacher Tiffany Reynolds exchange ideas at CEA's Summer Conference.
August 7, 2018
Energy levels remain high on day two of CEA's Summer Conference, where hundreds of teachers have reconvened in Cromwell for intensive training, networking, and the sharing of ideas, concerns, and best practices.
"This is my second time attending," says Tolland teacher Tiffany Reynolds. "The first time was last year, as an emerging leader. Since then, I've worked on two grievances, and I'm here to learn how to do that more effectively so that I can be the best advocate for my colleagues."
Reynolds understands the value of a strong union and lets colleagues know that union membership spans a wide range of benefits. These include having a vote on key issues that shape working and learning conditions and receiving legal protection in DCF investigations, which—she underscores—are growing in number to the point that as many as one in five teachers over the course of their careers will become targets.
Trumbull Education Association President John Mastroianni, attending the Summer Conference for the first time, says, "As a new president, I'm picking up ideas from other locals—teachers who are the in the same boat and have faced similar challenges, as well as those who are dealing with different obstacles. We talk about what works. As a local leader, I'm also here to see how to get teachers involved in their union at a deeper level, because I believe people do their best when they're empowered."
Fairfield teacher Marion Richard agrees. "I come to the CEA Summer Conference because it gives me a chance to spend time learning alongside people who have the same priorities and passions. I always go home feeling very recharged."
East Haddam Education Association President Zach Blain says it is more important than ever for teachers to learn how to advocate for their profession.
East Haddam Education Association President Zach Blain, who has attended the annual conference for several years, is back after a brief hiatus. "I missed the last year or two because I have a young son. With the Janus ruling going against us, I thought it was really important to return this year and get info on how to be a better advocate for our profession. As a local president, I feel it's my duty to my peers to be as informed as possible on the challenges facing our profession."
Portland teacher Jerome Manning has learned a lot about those hurdles, in particular the Janus decision and 100 bills introduced into the legislature this year to chip away at collective bargaining. "The information we get at this conference is always great," says Manning. "I do feel like we as teachers are under attack, especially now."
"Everything that's going on now is just so frightening," Marion agrees, adding, "We can't just sit back and not take action."
Manchester teacher Kathryn Atwater, a first-time conference attendee, says, "It's been really eye-opening, and I'm learning a lot that I wouldn't know otherwise. It's great to be able to talk to other teachers I'm meeting for the first time and learn about the issues other districts are facing. It makes me feel empowered."
During breaks between workshop sessions, teachers were encouraged to personalize posters that read, "I'm sticking with my union becauseâ€¦" A gallery of posters was displayed at the conference and can be viewed on CEA's Flickr page.
NEA Danbury Treasurer Josh Richter, President Erin Daly, and Vice President Tom Ross show their support for the union.
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.