Save the Date: May 18 Rally

I am writing to let you know about an important rally CEA is organizing at the State Capitol in Hartford on Thursday, May 18, at 5:00 p.m.

We are urging legislators to reject any budget proposal that shifts the state’s responsibility for education funding and teacher retirement onto Connecticut’s cities and towns.

As you know, a cost shift such as this will result in higher property taxes as well as painful cuts to public education. Cuts to local school budgets will translate into teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, a reduction in critical student support services, and in many districts, the elimination of programs such as foreign language and full-day kindergarten.

Our message to the governor and state lawmakers is Keep Your Promise: Fund Our Retirement.

Remember, we are stronger together. Legislators are much more likely to understand the consequences of such a plan if they see the very people who will be affected by it: teachers, students, parents and members of the communities they serve and represent.

Please come—be seen—and be heard—on May 18.

 

 

Teacher of the Year/Exchange Club Dinner UPDATED

Cross Street teacher Charley Marenghi has been chosen Teacher of the Year by the Naugatuck Exchange Club. This achievement will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 14th at the Crystal Room. Tickets to the event are available at Cross Street Intermediate School or you can contact Maria Ryan or Jackie Mariano to purchase them. Ticket sales close on Friday, March 10th.

UPDATE: It’s official, due to the storm, the Naugatuck Exchange Club Community Champions Dinner has been moved to Wednesday Night.
Same times… Same Place.
Tickets are still available.

CEAGo February 20, 2017

CEA TV AD CRITICIZES GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO CREATE WINNERS AND LOSERS

A new CEA TV ad featuring CEA members and Connecticut students hit the airwaves this week, highlighting the need for the state to invest in all public schools, not divide schools, parents, and communities into clear winners and losers. Read CEA release.

Read story: Teachers union slams Malloy plan to cut aid to better-off schools

Listen to Mark Waxenberg discuss CEA’s TV ad and other education issues with Brad Davis on WDRC Radio


WILL BETSY DEVOS DESTROY PUBLIC EDUCATION?

Here’s what you should know about the new U.S. Secretary of Education. Read article.

Listen to CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Reform Don Williams on WNPR Where We Live discussing the future of education under Betsy DeVos


A shiny apple to Senator Toni Boucher for meeting with CEA local presidents in New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton to discuss teacher priorities including education funding, pensions, teacher evaluation, and charter school transparency. Read story.

A rotten apple to Governor Malloy for proposing millions of new dollars for charter schools while cutting funds for special education and neighborhood public schools across the state. Read CT Mirror article.


MEET WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS

CEA is hosting at-home meetings with legislative leaders in your district. Contact Chris Donovan to set up a meeting in your local.

SPEAK OUT ON THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PLAN

From teacher pensions to underfunding education, let your voice be heard at two upcoming hearings at the Legislative Office Building.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, Room 2C, 4 p.m.
Appropriations Committee public hearing on the budget

Contact CEA legislative coordinator Susan Williams for more information and assistance testifying before the committee or submitting written remarks.


DENIED ONCE. ANTI-UNION FORCES TRY AGAIN WITH FRIEDRICHS 2.0

A new lawsuit has been filed by eight teachers in California challenging union dues. This case is nearly identical to the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Supreme Court case that ended in a tie vote last year. Read why the Yohn v. California Teachers Association case could impact all of us.


DO GIRLS REALLY THINK BOYS ARE SMARTER?

Stereotypes are alive and well with girls as young as six believing that boys are more “brilliant.” Not only that, they think women aren’t smart. Read what parents and teachers can do to change that.


EDUCATION NEWS IN ONE PLACE

Don’t have time to search for education news? Stay up-to-date on the news that affects your students and your profession. Visit CTEdwatch.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH
18
Professional Development Workshops

Attend one of three exciting professional development workshops CEA is providing to members free of charge on March 18. Register for a workshop.


APRIL
1
New Teacher Conference

Know your rights in and out of the classroom. Attend CEA’s New Teacher Conference for teachers with less than 7 years of classroom experience. Register for this workshop.

BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB

CEA members save even more at BJ’s. Click here for details on how to receive a $35 annual two-person membership (regularly priced at $50).


POWDER RIDGE MOUNTAIN PARK & RESORT

Powder Ridge in Middlefield offers 10% off 4-hour and 8-hour ski lift tickets for CEA members. Present your CEA member ID card at the time of purchase.

Professional Development Requirement and CEU Information

Professional Development Requirements and CEU Information

Public Act No. 12-116 – An Act Concerning Educational Reform

Per Section 39 of PA 12-116, passed in 2012, as of July 1, 2012, CEU requirements for all teachers HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED. Instead, as of July 1, 2013, districts must offer professional development as part of a plan developed by their district PD committee. The committee guidelines, which have been in place since the passage of PA 10-220a in 2010, are also below.

CT General Statutes (PA 12-116) require that professional development must:

  • Be a comprehensive, sustained, intensive approach to improving teacher effectiveness
  • Foster collective responsibility for student performance
  • Be job-embedded, and take place mostly in small groups or on an individual basis
  • Include how to integrate reading, literacy & numeracy enhancement, cultural awareness, and teaching ELLs into instructional practice
  • Be informed by teacher evaluation

The entire bill can be found here.


In-service training. Professional development committees. Institutes for educators. Cooperating teacher program, regulations.

Per PA 10-220a – which was passed in 2010 and was not eliminated by the passage of PA 12-116-a professional development committee must meet certain requirements, which are as follows:

  • Must include members of bargaining units, chosen by such units;
  • Must be responsible for development, evaluation & annual updating of PD plan for district certified employees.

Also Per 10-220a, a professional development plan:

  • Must include ongoing & systematic assessment and improvement of PD and teacher evaluation;
  • Must provide training for administrators in evaluation;
  • Must relate to regular and special student needs;
  • May provide for inclusion of career incentives & parent involvement.

EVALUATION RESOURCES 

If you have any questions about any of the above requirements and/or changes, please contact Michele Ridolfi O’Neill, CEA Educational Issues Specialist, at micheleo@cea.org.

Is Your Teaching Certificate Up-to-Date?

The State Department of Education is the state agency that grants certificates and stores teacher certification information. Anyone seeking information about obtaining or maintaining a Connecticut certificate may visit THIS LINK to find information and determine which forms to use. The ED 170 Form is a general application for certification, and may be used in cases where one is uncertain about which level of certificate to apply for or which forms to use.

It is each individual teacher’s responsibility to maintain his or her teaching certificate. As a professional, it is perhaps the most important thing you can do to assure your continued employment in a school district AND protect your retirement benefits.

Meeting certification application deadlines will help protect you from the hassles that mayresult from letting your certificate expire.

DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION

Moving Through Connecticut’s Certification Continuum

When you hold a CT Provisional Educator Certificate

When you hold a CT Professional Educator Certificate

Questions? Concerns? Need more information?

NTL Contract Available Online

The NTL contract is available online. 

Human Resource Forms that are available online include:

Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
Form W-4 (2017)
Non-Union Exempt Performance Review Form
Non-Union Non-Exempt Performance Review Form
NTL Payroll Option Form
Direct Deposit Form
Employee Information Update Form
Federal Tax Withholding Form
CT Tax Withhoding Form – CT W4
Life Insurance Beneficiary
Dental Insurance Enrollment Form
Insurance Waiver Form
Health Insurance Enrollment Form
FMLA Form
HSA Bank Form
Memo – Mileage Reimbursement Forms
Mileage Reimbursement Form