New Teacher News
Whether it's your first year in the classroom or your sixth, CEA is here with the resources you need to succeed. Your union delivers free professional development for members, strategies for acing your teacher evaluation, and more ways to stretch your hard-earned dollars.
As the school year winds down, a few final challenges remain—including your classroom cleanup. Do it right, and your transition back in the fall will be hassle-free.
What to do (and not to do) if you receive the dreaded reduction in force (RIF)/nonrenewal notice
Free professional development, networking, meals, and overnight accommodations at Mohegan Sun for CEA members at this year's Summer Conference, August 5-6
Help students and teachers facing personal hardships. Run or volunteer for Team CEF at the Eversource Hartford Marathon.
Minimize or erase student debt. Contact your local president to set up a free 90-minute workshop with CEA's Michele Ridolfi O'Neill. Also check out Cambridge Credit Counseling, saving CEA members nearly 40% on student loan assistance.
Your dues dollars save you money everywhere you go—amusement park, ballpark, grocery store, airport, and more! Discover new ways to save at cea.org/memberbenefits.
Resources and Guides
Ready for Your End-of-the-Year Evaluation?
What happens when you find out you're being evaluated for the first time...in June? What if you never got feedback on your last observation—and your next one's coming up? Are your student learning objectives (SLOs) appropriate? Do you have any say in setting them?
Retirement Primer for Early-Career Educators
It's never too early to begin planning for life outside the classroom. Learn about the State Teachers' Retirement System, mandatory and voluntary contributions, when you're vested, and what happens when you change districts, take a leave of absence, or go part-time. We'll help you understand what pension benefits you are entitled to as well as steps to take early in your career to make the most of your retirement.
New Teacher Guide
The Connecticut Education Association welcomes you to the teaching profession! As a member, you join 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.
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.