October-November CEA Advisor

The October-November 2017 edition of the CEA Advisor is now available online. Don’t miss these and other stories.

A tax on teachers makes its way back into the latest budget. CEA leaders and members fight back.

The state’s largest teachers union seeks an injunction to restore $557 million to cities and towns.

When a beloved 20-year veteran teacher found himself facing a termination hearing, CEA Member Legal Services stepped in.

New CEA guides help teachers ace their evaluations and thrive in their first years in the classroom.

My life before DACA

I remember life before DACA.

I remember the fear, when, in my senior year of high school, my government class was required to apply to community college. I was so worried people would find out that I was undocumented.

I remember the frustration, when, despite having the chance to go to college anywhere in my home state of Texas and graduating from UT-San Antonio, I couldn’t yet pursue my dream of teaching. Instead, I volunteered at reading initiatives, and through communities in school programs — anything to be in and around a classroom.

And, I remember the unbridled joy when President Obama signed DACA. I was able to finish grad school, and today, I am proud to be going into my fourth year of teaching three and four-year-olds who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The fear, anxiety, and stress I felt all those years is something no one should have to go through. It will take all of us to ensure that the opportunities and futures of the 800,000 Dreamers who live, study and work in America can continue. That is why I am asking you to show your support today.

Send a postcard to your members of Congress urging them to pass the Dream Act. Just enter your name, and share your reason for supporting Dreamers. It takes less than two minutes, but can make a huge difference.

Thank you. Together, we can stand up for all Dreamers, and make sure each and every one is able to live his or her best future.

Karen Reyes
Special Education Teacher
Austin, Texas
NEA Member

New Teacher Conference request for presenters

Sent on Behalf of CEA President Sheila Cohen and the Membership Training and Conference Committee

LP’s: This email is being sent to all members

Thank you for what you do each and every day!

Greetings, CEA Members,

Are you a strong presenter? Would you like to help support our new teachers? Would you like the opportunity to expand and develop your teacher leadership skills and capacity? The CEA Membership Training and Conference Committee is looking to expand the sessions available to our members attending the New Teachers Conference. While anyone can attend, the New Teacher Conference is targeted at teachers in their first six years of experience.

We are looking for CEA members willing to present a one and one half hour session twice during the conference, which is March 24, 2018 at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury from 8:30 to 1:00. The CEA will provide presenters dinner and overnight accommodations at the Heritage on March 23. A continental breakfast and lunch during the conference is provided for all attendees. Sessions are presented in three conference strands: Pedagogy (instructional techniques and strategies, designing units, projects, lessons, and activities, etc.); Behavior and Classroom Management (setting up rules, routines, and procedures; rewards and consequences; finding the right amount of discipline for your classroom, etc.); and Managing Your Professional Life (professional relationships, paperwork,, licensure, legal issues, etc.).

If you are interested in making a proposal, please use this link:


Proposals will be accepted until Friday, November 3. Successful applicants will be notified in early December. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Zawawi at joez@cea.org.