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Back-to-School Means Time to Reconnect With Fellow Union Members for Windsor Teachers
Poquonock Elementary STEM Coach Carrie Canoni and Clover Street Intermediate reading teacher Terri Faucher used to teach in the same building and were happy to reconnect at a Windsor Education Association social.
August 30, 2018
"This is a great way to start the year off right," said Clover Street Intermediate reading teacher Terri Faucher, who gathered with her fellow Windsor Education Association members for a social earlier this week at Carbone's Kitchen in Bloomfield on Windsor teachers' first day back at school.
WEA members who attended agreed it was the perfect way to reconnect. The local has tried hosting socials at other points in the year and found that many teachers have too many other commitments to be able to attend.
WEA Co-President Andrea Kay and WEA Secretary Stacey Paley, a fifth grade STEM teacher at JFK Intermediate. (Click image for larger version)
"After today, teachers are so busy that we seldom get a chance to catch up with one another," says WEA Co-President Andrea Kay, a high school math teacher. "It's great to be able to hear from other teachers what works in other buildings and learn from other teachers."
WEA Co-President Miriam Klein says that the local also organized the social to allow members an opportunity to meet and network with CEA leaders and staff, including CEA President Jeff Leake, Organizer Joe Zawawi, and Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field, who has been assisting the WEA with teacher evaluation issues.
"Our members need to know these are the folks who are in the field all the time, working on their behalf," says Klein, a district literacy specialist.
CEA President Jeff Leake talks with Windsor Education Association members. (Click image for larger version)
Leake said he enjoyed the opportunity to get to talk with Windsor teachers he hadn't met before.
"I heard from some members who are interested in getting more involved with CEA, at all levels of the association," he said.
Klein and Kay both say they're looking to get more members involved with the WEA this year. "We hope to have more members involved with CEA committees and commissions," says Kay, adding that last year the local started its own ethnic minority affairs commission as another avenue for member involvement.
Looking to the year ahead
John F. Kennedy Intermediate teachers Oletha Walker and Dalia Ghanesh-May are looking forward to the year ahead. (Click image for larger version)
WEA members are focused on how they can best support students when they welcome them back to school September 4.
Oletha Walker, a John F. Kennedy Intermediate challenge resource teacher, says "I'm looking forward to being able to introduce students' minds to new ideas. I want to push them beyond what they think they can accomplish."
JFK third grade STEM teacher Dalia Ghanesh-May is excited to share with her colleagues all that she learned on a trip to Ghana this summer—and to let them know that they too could have an inspiring international learning experience. Ghanesh-May recieved funding for a trip to Ghana through the Dalio Foundation's Fund for Teachers in 2017, and she returned this summer to teach at Ebenezer Christian School and offer professional development for teachers at the University of Ghana.
WEA Co-President Miriam Klein presents raffle winner Dewayne Williams, a fourth grade teacher at Clover Street School, with a gift card to Subway.(Click image for larger version)
"Classrooms in Ghana still have desks in rows," she says, explaining that teachers there are eager for new, innovative instructional ideas.
Ghenesh-May was first inspired to head to Ghana after starting the Empowered Leadership Academy for young men at JFK with the goal of building their academic potential and conflict resolution skills and increasing their connections to their community.
"I wanted to connect the boys to something that would empower them, that I could come back and teach them about," says Ghanesh-May. And she did just that after studying the design and weaving of kente cloth in Ghana. The fabric, made of interwoven cloth strips, is challenging to create and was once considered royal and sacred. It is now an important symbol of African heritage and pride in African ancestry
Anne Casseli and Lynn Devito are happy that their school will have a behavior specialist on staff this year. (Click image for larger version)
Anne Caselli and Lynn Devito who also teach at JFK are happy that their school has hired a behavior specialist this year.
"We've been asking for the position for several years," says Devito, a special ed teacher. Caselli, a fourth grade math teacher, says, "It seems like our new behavior specialist will be an amazing asset to the school and a really positive male role model."
High School alternative education special ed teacher Leighann Tyson wants to open her students' eyes to the many possibilities that exist for them after high school in addition to college. "We're going to be out of trades people in 10-15 years," Tyson says. "We need to offer more supports for kids who want to apply to trade schools and the like."
High school teachers Gloria Wellington and Leighann Tyson discuss the importance of preparing students for all aspects of their lives after high school.(Click image for larger version)
Business teacher Gloria Wellington says she sees a need to teach all high school students more practical skills. "When they leave my class students know how to do their taxes and evaluate credit card offers," she says. "As a retired banker, it's inspiring when I hear from former students, 'I'm a CPA because of you, Mrs. Wellington.'"
There are those, including current U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who argue that spending more on public education doesn't lead to better outcomes. School finance expert and Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker begs to differ, and he has research to back his position up.
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.