PreK-12 Teachers

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on certified educators and members of PreK-12 local unions will be linked here.
Click here to access the state Department of Education (SDE)'s "Superintendent’s Digest" portal (May 4, 2020). 
Click here to hear our joint tele-town hall with the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) (Apr. 30, 2020).
Click here for our national union's "Plan to Safely Reopen America's Schools and Communities" (Apr. 29, 2020).
Click here to share your experience educating English Language Learner (ELL)s during the crisis (Apr. 17, 2020).
Click here to access resources for ELLs compiled by Share My Lesson (Apr. 16, 2020).
Click here for full results our joint survey with CEA and WFSB-TV Channel 3 (Apr. 13, 2020).
Click here for the SDE website's COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 31, 2020).
Click here for SDE's professional support webinars (Mar. 30, 2020)
Click here for Share My Lesson’s remote learning community resources (Mar. 25, 2020).
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for PreK-12 teachers (Mar. 23, 2020).
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 21, 2020).
Click here for the state's official page with COVID-19 school resources (Mar., 19, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut represents PreK-12 educator in school districts across Connecticut and is a proponent for public schools at the local level in members' districts and in the state legislature. From contract negotiations to student testing to pensions, our federation works to protect teachers' rights and provide professional support for members serving PreK-12 youth.
Click here to access our PreK-12 Council's open Facebook group. *
Click here to access Share My Lesson’s free resources for educators.
Click here to access Donors Choose and help teachers in need of supplies for their classrooms.
* requires approval to participate; does not require FB user account to access.


National Teacher Appreciation Week

Coinciding with National Teacher Day, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today signed a proclamation honoring Connecticut’s education professionals during the week set aside to recognize their contributions to our communities. The governor and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman also shared photos of themselves with personal #ThankATeacher messages as part of a coordinated national action supported by AFT Connecticut.
Click here for the governor’s press statement and both #ThankATeacher photos.

#ThankATeacher on Social Media

While we think education professionals deserve recognition every day of the year, tomorrow is officially "Teacher Appreciation Day." The U.S. Department of Education has organized a national online action to generate thousands of personal messages of gratitude across the country, and we’re encouraging our members to add theirs, too.
Click here to print your #ThankATeacher sign.

Pearson: Lift Gag Order on Testing, Meet with Stakeholders

Washington - In conjunction with the annual Pearson shareholder meeting in London, AFT President Randi Weingarten today released a letter sent to Pearson executives, board members and shareholders calling on the corporation to remove "gag orders" preventing educators from expressing concerns about Pearson-developed tests and to meet with educators, parents and other stakeholders to address their concerns regarding these tests. Pearson is the largest testing company in the world and derives 57 percent of its profits from the U.S.
Click here to sign AFT's petition to Pearson.

Comments on Recommended Changes to CT Educator Evaluation Guidelines

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the unanimous proposal today by the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) to recommend revisions to the Connecticut Guidelines for Educator Evaluation:
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