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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 Executive Director Donald Williams visits Putnam Elementary School, where students chose their own books
to take home and share with their families.
February 26, 2018
This morning kicked off 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.
Sponsored by CEF, the nonprofit arm of the Connecticut Education Association, the weeklong literacy event
includes guest readers, costumed characters, literacy activities, and new books for nearly 1,000 students.
The colorful bus, which made its first stop at Putnam Elementary School this morning, visits a new town in
northeastern Connecticut each day this week, moving next to Thompson, Brooklyn, Sterling, Killingly, and
Giving the gift of reading
CEF President Jeff Leake celebrates Read Across America Day with students in Putnam—the first stop on
a weeklong reading bus tour.
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Motivating children to read is an important factor in nurturing student achievement and creating lifelong
readers. Research has shown that children who spend more time reading do better in school.
"This bus tour is an exciting way to educate children about the importance of reading and to help them develop
good reading skills," said CEF President and CEA Vice President Jeff Leake. "It builds excitement and gives
children the impetus to read, and for educators, it's a reminder that CEF is here to help them help their
students. With the CEF bus tour, we ensure that students in rural communities can choose books of their own to
take home. There's no more important gift than literacy."
Established by the National Education Association, Read Across America is an annual event celebrated on March 2,
the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. The event has been so well received that it has expanded
from a one-day celebration into a weeklong literacy event with more than 45 million students, parents, and
teachers participating in reading parties, community read-ins, activities, character parades, book fairs, and
Oh, the Places...
Fourth-grade teacher Sara Barile and her students cozy up to thousands of books on the Read Across America
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Fourth-grade teacher Sara Barile, whose students were first on the bus this morning, said, "Just seeing the
looks on their faces, the way they were waiting and so excited to see the bus pull in this morning was so great.
We've really been working hard on reading and showing students how you can get to so many places by reading, and
it's something you can do anywhere. This bus visit gives them that extra push to celebrate reading with everyone
else." Barile said her students have been exploring different genres in the classroom, and though most of the
selections have been works of fiction, such as Judy Blume books or the I Survived series, many of her students
are enjoying nonfiction.
"We're here celebrating reading, which is so important at every age, but especially for children," said CEA
Executive Director Donald Williams, who joined Putnam Elementary School's fourth-graders as they gathered around
the bus and chose their gift books donated by CEF. "CEF supports the needs of students all throughout the state
of Connecticut, and one of the ways is by getting them excited about reading, which is the foundation for all
Pre-K teacher Keri O'Neill, vice president of the Putnam Education Association, reads Oh, the Places You'll
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Guest readers, who read Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go, included teachers and administrators, among them
pre-K teacher Keri O'Neill, who is vice president of the Putnam Education Association.
"A love for reading is the best thing I could ever teach a student," O'Neill said, explaining that pre-reading
activities in her pre-K classroom include rhyming activities, learning letter sounds, and getting to know what a
book is and how to hold one. "You learn to read, then you read to learn, so this sets that foundation."
A hit with Putnam Elementary students, the reading bus was something many passengers said they'd like to ride to
school every day.
"If I had to rate this from 1 to 10," said fourth-grader Caleb Caouette, "I'd rate it 900,000."
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.