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.
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.
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
CEA is sponsoring walk-ins for safe schools on March 14 across the state to coincide with the walk-out events
planned across the country. CEA is NOT advocating walk-outs. Instead, through these CEA-sponsored walk-ins for
safe schools, which begin before school starts on March 14, we are showing our support and calling for action.
The walk-ins for safe schools will draw attention to the need for Congress to take action and pass a bill
similar to Connecticut's tough gun law, to protect students in every state.
CEA is asking LPs to work with their executive teams and building reps to host walk-ins for safe schools at
their high schools. CEA will provide you with speaking points to help you hone your message, as well as a
walk-in guide detailing specific information on how to plan the event. These events should focus on students,
parents, and teachers, and the need to keep schools in Connecticut safe and violence free.
The event should begin about twenty minutes before school starts. Everyone will gather outside school in a
specific area, away from car and bus traffic. A few people speak about the issue. You can decide to have a
moment of silence to remember all the students lost to gun violence in schools across the country and in Sandy
Hook. Then, as the first bell rings, everyone should walk into school together, to show support and unity.
CEA successfully held walk-ins last year on the issue of school funding. Because teachers, parents, and students
participated and shared their stories, the walk-ins were effective at getting out the message.
March 24 — March for Our Lives
CEA is participating in the March for Our Lives community action rallies organized by students. If you
know of any plans in your local to host or attend rallies in the state or in Washington, D.C., please contact me. In the coming weeks, CEA will be sharing
information about these events to help connect members, students, and families with actions in their own
Teachers, students, and parents are encouraged to join CEA at a 12:30 rally being held at the State Capitol in
Hartford on March 24. We will be meeting at CEA at 12:15 and walking over to the rally together.
Details and specifics are still being worked out, but we wanted to let you know about our plans.
Please watch for more information in the coming days, and we hope to see you at these events.
Thank you for everything you do, each and every day.
As surprising as it may sound, students biting, kicking, throwing furniture, and hurting other students and teachers has become common in schools across Connecticut, CEA Program Development Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho told WTIC's Ray Dunaway during an appearance on his radio show.
Although it was after ten o'clock last night by the time the legislature' Education Committee heard public testimony on a bill to help ensure classroom safety and address student assaults, CEA members and staff made sure they were present to testify so that legislators could hear their stories.
Its a busy day at the legislatures Education Committee, with senate and house members hearing from the public on bills that cover a range of topics from remedial reading instruction to virtual learning to Education Savings Accounts.
The Oklahoma Education Association announced on Tuesday night that schools would shut down across the state if the state legislature does not pass a $10,000 pay raise for teachers and increased funding for schools by April 23.
Thank you to all of you who sent messages of support to our West Virginia colleagues. They have stood in solidarity and made their voices heard to demand recognition of their professionalism and dignity.
In one of the city's largest public forums—with a crowd of over 200—more than 60
Shelton teachers shared their concerns and ideas regarding school safety with colleagues, administrators,
and community members.
Raising the state sales and gas taxes, eliminating the estate and gift taxes, selectively raising
business taxes, eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, and reforming the Teachers' Retirement
System are just a few of the recommendations released today by the Commission on Fiscal Stability and
CEA leaders were joined by labor leaders from across the state and legislators in speaking out to protect the rights and freedom of workers to negotiate together and fight for decent and equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools, and vibrant communities.
February 26 marked the kick off of the Connecticut Education Foundation's 2018 Read Across America
Reading Bus Tour, featuring a 38-foot bus decorated with characters from popular Dr. Seuss books and
outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and 3,000 donated books.
CEA joined with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) in a press conference at East Hartford High School demanding meaningful legislative action on school safety.
The State Board of Education today listened to teachers' concerns about fairness in education funding and responded by rejecting increases in enrollment for three charter schools that would have cost the state $627,000.
Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of fairness and the state's future generations, the governor's new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools.
While Governor Malloy's message in his address to the General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of
fairness and concern for future generations, his budget proposal is anything but fair for Connecticut's students
and public schools.
Kim Sweeney is the winner of a nine-day NEA Adventures prize package summer vacation to Costa Rica. The trip—the grand prize in CEA Member Benefits' first-ever "Explore & Score" eight-week sweepstakes—includes meals, hotel accommodations, and tours of a cloud forest, hot springs, and volcano.
A change to the retired teachers' health insurance program that was adopted by the State Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) this month will impact retired teachers and spouses who are on—or will soon be on&mdsah;the TRB's Medicare supplement (65 and older) plan.
Public officials are elected to represent the interests of local residents, but members of the Stratford Board of Education abdicated their responsibility to town residents by shutting them out of a public meeting.
State Supreme Court ruling in the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell delivered a mixed verdict—bad for school funding, while rejecting the lower court's attempt to create burdensome schemes for testing, teacher evaluation, and education policy.