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.
 


 

Teachers Bring Lawmakers, Parents Together to Grow "Windham United for Great Schools" Movement

Willimantic - Teachers are welcoming pledges of support from Windham's legislative delegation to address growing concerns over the State Department of Education (SDE)-directed "turn-around" of their local public schools. State Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-29) and State Representative Susan Johnson (D-49) last Wednesday attended a forum on the issues organized by the union representing the district's teachers. There they pledged to continue collaboration with local stakeholders and to raise their concerns with the commissioner of SDE and the "Special Master" assigned by the department to Windham's schools.
 

Teachers, Nurses, and Public Service Professionals Back Jack Stacey to Lead Town of East Haven

Rocky Hill - Citing his community ties and service as a public school teacher, members of the 28,000-strong AFT Connecticut have endorsed John "Jack" Stacey as the Democratic Party's nominee for mayor of East Haven. The labor federation's Executive Committee voted to add Stacey to its slate of endorsed municipal candidates for the September 10 Primary Election, and this week informed active and retired members of its affiliated local unions.
 

State Officials Failed to “Do their Homework” in Extending Term of Special Master in Windham Schools

Willimantic - Teachers are responding to the vote Wednesday by the State Board of Education (SBOE) to renew the term of the "Special Master" overseeing the state-led turn-around of Windham Public Schools. Classroom educators are urging town and school officials, as well as the region’s legislative delegation, to conduct a swift and thorough review of the impact of reforms implemented in the district.
 

Windham Teachers Say "The Time is Now to Come Together" for Improved Student Outcomes

Willimantic - Teachers in Windham Public Schools are calling the second year of steep declines in the district’s student performance results an "urgent opportunity" to unite the community for a better future. The education professionals are responding to Tuesday’s release of their high school's Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) scores and urging a thoughtful discussion for the community and meaningful collaboration among stakeholders.
 
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