December-January CEA Advisor Available Online

The December 2017-January 2018 edition of the CEA Advisor is now available online. Don’t miss these and other stories.

Connecticut Teachers Honored for Innovation, Excellence

More than 100 teachers took the stage at a ceremony naming the 2018 Teacher of the Year and honoring all the great educators who innovate and inspire.

Getting Ready for NGSS

See how Connecticut teachers are preparing for Next Generation Science Standards and what resources are available to you.

PAL Program Provides Support for New Teachers

Being a new teacher can be tough. CEA’s model PAL program is giving our newest colleagues a hand up.

That Was Friedrichs; This Is Janus

A new lawsuit picks up where Friedrichs left off. See how you can fight back.

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.

Summer 2017 CEA Advisor

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

State Budget: What’s Next?

Teachers spend summer months advocating against lawmakers’ budget plans that would hurt students and teacher pensions—and the fight is not over

Buyer Beware: What Is Your 403(B) Really Costing You?

New law in Connecticut helps teachers make informed retirement investment decisions

CEA Advisor: ‘Student Assault and Aggressive Behavior’

I loved my job. But then one day I no longer recognized my classroom. It wasn’t the fun, friendly place it used to be. No one felt safe. No one was learning. The principal shrugged. ‘Get used to it,’ he said. I would never get used to it.
When they begin their careers, teachers imagine creating a secure, welcoming, and stimulating environment where they’ll inspire
generations of young thinkers and learners. Long before their careers
are over, however, many teachers find themselves trapped in
classrooms that are unstructured, unsustainable, and unsafe.
In Connecticut and nationwide, a steady rise in student aggression,
especially among younger children—combined with a lack of
administrative support in addressing the problem—is pushing new and
veteran teachers to leave the profession and the students they love.
“This is unacceptable,” says CEA President Sheila Cohen. “The path to
earning a teaching certificate is rigorous and challenging.
Connecticut has some of the best, most dedicated teachers anywhere—
professionals who come to the classroom with all the preparation
and enthusiasm they need to make a lasting, positive impact on their
students’ lives. That dream is crushed every time a student is allowed to
threaten, attack, abuse, and return to the classroom. We need to ensure
that for teachers, dealing with student assault does not simply
‘come with the territory.’ Everyone has the basic right to work without
fear of abuse.”
Though the problem of assault by younger children is underestimated,
Roblin Kaplan-Cho says this demographic accounts for most of the calls she receives. “It’s never acceptable, regardless of a child’s age or
disability. Make sure your administrator is aware of the assault
and reminded of his or her obligation under the law to file a copy of the
assault report with the local police. At the top of the incident report you
file, write, “Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-233, I
am notifying you that I have been assaulted.” Involve your local
Association so that they can track the frequency of the problem. Call
the police if you feel you aren’t getting the help you need.