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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."
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.