SATURDAY: Join NEA in NYC for a Day of Action

On February 24, in cities across the country, thousands will unite to demand an end to an economy and system that’s rigged in favor of the wealthy and most powerful.

Join us in New York City​.

Working People’s Day of Action
Foley Square
111 Worth Street
New York, NY

Saturday, February 24
11:00 a.m.

A handful of greedy special interests don’t want educators to have a seat at the table. They want to strip away the power of educators’ collective voice to advocate for safer, better schools that provide students the opportunities and resources they need. They brought a court case that attempts to limit union members’ collective bargaining power. Janus v AFSCME, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, threatens working people’s freedom to join together in strong unions.

On the Working People’s Day of Action, we will stand up for the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions and educators’ ability to advocate for their students. Every day, we see how important a strong collective voice is among educators and other workers. We must have the freedom to advocate for safe schools and the support, tools, and time every student needs to succeed.

Let us know if you can make it on Saturday. 

See you there!

Your Friends at the National Education Association

P.S. For more information about the Janus case, visit www.neatoday.org/janus.

Future Chef Competition Entry Forms Available

Calling all fourth grade “FUTURE CHEFS” for the annual CULINARY COMPETITION

Organizers are looking for student’s favorite healthy Asian inspired recipe.

Five lucky winners from the school district will be chosen as finalists to compete in the contest at Naugatuck High School on March 13th. As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a National Competition for some great prizes and also compete in a Valley Cook Off against other school districts in the Naugatuck Valley.

Click to read about Future Chefs on Naugatuck Patch.

Love, Joy, Justice from NEA Justice

Chocolates get eaten and flowers fade. But deepening connections with yourself, your students and your communities are ways to build lasting love that will continue to grow and resonate.

This Valentine’s Day, remember that you are the heart of our public schools. The energy you bring to the fight for education justice is critical but none of us can do it alone. When we support each other, and recharge with joy and love, the movement thrives. In the midst of life’s many challenges, here are a few ways to find a real love connection this year:

Take care of yourself. Love starts with you. Take a few minutes to show a little self love throughmindful meditations like these recorded especially for you. So much needs to get done, but it’s as important to take some time to pause, to set your intentions, and to breathe.
Add some creativity and joy to your activism.You’ve rallied, marched and chanted, but have you painted and silk-screened banners with community artists and partners? Show how public schools are the heart of our communities by connecting with others through an art build. Everyone has something to contribute towards building this unique community – start with these easy steps.
Share your joy. Whether you realize it or not, you inspire and motivate those around you every day – through words, actions, and just being. We want to share that love – so tell us what you are up to at #edjustice.

Love comes in many forms. And it starts with the light within you. We hope this year that you take some time to ignite that love and that you will continue to share it with those around you.

That’s radical love.


The NEA EdJustice Team 

Nappier, Malloy divided over how to fix teacher pension fund

Denise Nappier

“State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier warned this week that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s recommendation that Connecticut defer and restructure contributions into the teachers’ pension fund could jeopardize the state’s standing on Wall Street.” –  | 

Click here to read this editorial by Keith M. Phaneuf in The CT Mirror.

CEAgo for February 8, 2018

WHAT DOES THE NEW LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEAN FOR TEACHER PENSIONS AND SCHOOL FUNDING?

While the governor’s message starting the 2018 legislative session emphasized Connecticut’s tradition of fairness and concern for future generations, his budget proposal is anything but fair for Connecticut’s students, teachers, and public schools. Read BlogCEA story.

Read Sheila Cohen’s statement.

STRONG UNIONS VS. WEAK UNIONS

The state of the union depends on you! Hear what your colleagues have to say about staying involved and standing up to anti-union forces.

Watch the powerful CEA video Membership Matters.

Speculation is running rampant about why Governor Malloy didn’t mention education or the state budget in his opening address to the legislature yesterday.

Read Hartford Courant story.

TEACHER ARRESTED FOR SPEAKING OUT URGES COLLEAGUES TO BE VOCAL

Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave, arrested after asking questions about the superintendent’s salary raise, is urging her colleagues to let this injustice spur them into action. Watch video of her arrest.

Watch moving message video shared by the Louisiana Association of Educators.

Attend a free screening of Backpack Full of Cash. Narrated by Matt Damon, whose mother is teacher, the movie explores the real cost of privatizing public schools.

Click here for details on the Tuesday, Feb. 13,
6 p.m.
 screening in New London.

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Click here to subscribe today.

Check Your TRB Member 2016-2017 Annual Statement

The 2016-2017 Teachers’ Retirement Board member annual statements have been mailed. Please check it carefully for accuracy.  Be sure that the amount of your annual pensionable salary for that year is correct; it should match the amount on your salary agreement.

Teachers who received a longevity payment may find that it was not included in the total for last year; the same may apply to social workers, etc. that earned a differential. Report any errors to Melissa Massicotte.

Newer Teacher ‘Roundtable’ Hosted by NTL

LET’S TALK

Who: All recent new hires in the Naugatuck district

What: Newer Teacher Roundtable hosted by Naugatuck Teacher’s League and Connecticut Education Association.

Come meet, listen to, and talk with other new teachers in the district. There is no agenda – we will facilitate a conversation with you, but the topics are yours. Talk about how your new job is going, unexpected obstacles, surprising moments, or any other topic of interest. Our goal is for you to build a web of support for you and your colleagues. If it helps with motivation to attend, we will have snacks.

Where and When: TWO DATES

Thursday, Feb. 15 2:30 & 4:00pm at Naugatuck High School, Culinary Arts Room

Thursday, Feb. 22 4:00pm Maple Hill School, Community Room

We scheduled these dates to accommodate elementary and secondary schedules. However, feel free to come to whichever one you like. Come when you can, leave when you must. The session is yours.

RSVP  If you can make it, please e-mail Cheryl Campbell at cheryl.campbell@naugatuck.k12.ct.us. Even if you don’t RSVP, feel free to drop by any session.

CEA New Teacher Conference Set for Sat. March 24

The New Teacher Conference has been scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury. If Naugatuck teachers in year one through seven are interested in attending, the NTL will reimburse the registration fee. 

Blog CEA post

Those first years in a classroom are some of the most exciting and memorable in a teacher’s career—as well as the most challenging.

CEA’s annual conference for new teachers is an opportunity for early-career educators to trade insights and advice with one another as well as learn from veteran teachers about everything from managing behavior, administrators, and debt to supporting introverts, struggling readers, and students from diverse backgrounds.

Appropriate for all early-career teachers (through six years’ experience), this year’s conference takes place Saturday, March 24, at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury.

Register for the Conference