We Are CEA
Over 43,000 members strong, 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.
The CEA Representative Assembly (RA), held each May, is CEA's highest policy-making body.
Membership involvement is vital to CEA's mission. As a member of a CEA commission or committee, you are part of the process.
CEF is a non-profit, charitable foundation that was established in 1991 to help teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships and students planning teaching careers.
CEA is a democratic organization. Our members play an important role in determining the direction and focus of the Association through several elected governing bodies.
CEA offers a variety of grants and awards in the following categories:
- Public Relations
- Human and Civil Rights
- John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence
The National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) is NEA's highest decision-making body. With over 9,000 delegates, it is also the world's largest democratic, deliberative body.
Read the latest education news and information from CEA.
The U.S EPA has developed an innovative program - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools - to help schools identify and address indoor air quality problems.
Watch our various TV ads and video highlights captured throughout the year.
Check out our indexed collection of press releases distributed for the current year.
As part of the state's largest teacher organization—43,000 members strong—you can take advantage of CEA's purchasing power with exclusive discounts at retailers, service providers, entertainment venues, and more.
Download monthly board reports from our executive officers and management staff.
Policy and procedure documentation for members of CEA's Board of Directors.
The driving principle behind CEA-Retired is to provide retired members an organization that works in conjunction with CEA to improve retirement, pension, and health benefits.
CEASP offers unique opportunities in professional development, community outreach, leadership, and networking with future teachers all over the state.
Visit our local and national affiliate websites — created and shared by your colleagues.
This section contains research articles and resource information generated by CEA and external sources regarding your retirement and pension.
CEA keeps the contracts for all the school districts in Connecticut so they are available to CEA members at any time.
CEA keeps contract language organized by which town(s) have the language and which do not, so you can compare benefits among districts.
Legislation and Politics
We're anywhere your issues require us to be. At the state legislature, before regulatory agencies, in the media, in your schools, and with state and local politicians.
Use this application to look up your Connecticut state representative and senator.
Use these political resources to stay in touch and get informed for some of today's most important issues.
Are your state legislators supporting students, teachers, and public education or are they working hard against everything you believe in?
- New Teachers
- Professional Learning
- Special Education
- Teacher Safety
- Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM)
Whether you're applying for your first certificate, a renewal, or the next level of certification, CEA can help make the process easy.
Learn about Connecticut's three-tiered certification continuum and its core requirements.
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.
CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities for teachers, aligned with Connecticut's professional learning standards.
Research articles and resources dealing with court cases and information related to special education.
Links to the CT State Department of Education and other outside resources.
A variety of Special Education workshops presented by Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA Retirement Specialist.
Timely state and national media pieces related to teacher safet.y
Consider whether your local association may want to negotiate any of these model contract provisions.
Model assault forms that can be used in your district or modified to fit your members' needs.
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 educators.
Our extensive resource library of resource materials, documentation, PowerPoint presentations and more.
Empowering New Teachers
New teachers were part of a panel discussion at the 2017 Summer Leadership Conference on ways of better engaging new CEA members.
"It's empowering to be a part of the union," says Sarah Bajger, an East Hartford elementary school teacher. Like many early career educators, Bajger, who has been teaching for five years, is looking to build her skills and knowledge around student behaviors and crisis response. And she's looking to experienced educators for practical advice.
Bajger was one of more than 500 new and seasoned educators at CEA's 2017 Summer Leadership Conference earlier this month. The three-day conference featured 30 different workshops and mini sessions on a wide range of topics, including student debt, teacher evaluations, educator autonomy, culturally competent schools, adult learning theory, engaging members in political campaigns, trauma-informed practices, legal rights in the special education process, Section 504, and more.
"It's important to stay educated," Bajger said, "to learn how to take appropriate action, and to know to see your concerns are shared."
Four years into his career, Torrington teacher Michael McCotter, attending Summer Leadership for the second time, was looking for as much guidance as he can get.
"I came for the entire conference, and I liked the in-depth sessions offered on days one and two," McCotter said. "But I also like dabbling in different areas, so the mini sessions are great. They're enough to give you the tools you need."
Michael McCotter listens in on strategies for handling difficult discussions—with parents, administrators, students, and colleagues.
"New teachers bring a lot to the profession," said Sarah Meshanic, a teacher for 23 years at E.O. Smith School in Storrs. "They have a positive impact on those of us who have been around a long time, because they ask a lot of questions that cause us to reflect on our own practices, challenge our thinking, and also validate what we're doing. With new teachers, we have multigenerational friends."
Others noted that new educators also bring enthusiasm and a comfort with technology that are a tremendous benefit to their colleagues.
CEA offers a variety of professional development and networking opportunities for new teachers. See upcoming programs.