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The New Teacher Conference has been scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury.

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Welcome to a New School Year!

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.


  • New Teacher Guide

    The Connecticut Education Association welcomes you to the teaching profession! As a member, you join 43,000 teachers in making up CEA, the largest teachers union in the state. We hope this handbook helps you get your career off to a great start.

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  • Retirement

    A Retirement Primer For Early Career Teachers

    Through this publication and workshops that we offer, CEA hopes to make you more knowledgeable about the pension benefits to which you will be entitled, as well as the steps that you should take early in your career to maximize future opportunities.

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  • School Me - NEA Today

    The School Me blog series is a collection of blogs written by NEA members and experienced educators with advice and tips on how to thrive in your first few years as an educator.

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  • Empowering New Teachers

    "It's empowering to be a part of the union," says early career educator Sarah Bajger. Like many new teachers, she seeks practical advice from experienced educators


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  • CEA Supports New Teachers

    More than 200 teachers attended CEA's 17th annual New Teacher Conference, which included breakout sessions on everything from classroom management to project-based curriculum.


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New Teacher Resources

Black History Month Lessons & Resources

Lesson plans, activities, and more for pre-K through 12


To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, NEA offers a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels.



Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Day

Lesson plans, activities, and more for pre-K through 12


Help students commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and understand his impact on the civil rights movement, his significance to American culture and history, and his legacy of hope and inspiration.

A compilation of lessons and activities bring King's words and his enduring message into the classroom on January 15—the date that would have marked his 89th birthday.

Find lessons and activities here


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