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Part 3 – WFSB Teacher Survey — November 24, 2019
Part 2 – WFSB Teacher Survey Results — November 21, 2019
WFSB Teacher Survey Results — November 19, 2019
WFSB Teacher Survey Now Online! — November 13, 2019

WFSB Teacher Survey Now Online!

Bristol Teachers,

AFT CT has collaborated with CEA and WFSB to create an anonymous survey on teacher issues. This is actually the first of 2 surveys that will occur, with the second expected in January 2020.

The survey will be online through Monday morning, and takes about 5 minutes to complete. WFSB will then use the results next week on air for several segments during ratings “sweeps” week.

Rarely are teachers given an opportunity to voice their opinion. Don’t miss this chance to describe what is really going on.

Here is the link: wfsb teacher survey

What Are Your Rights As A Teacher? Get the Facts. — November 12, 2019

What Are Your Rights As A Teacher? Get the Facts.

Back by popular demand, we are hosting another session on the many legal issues facing educators for members of affiliated PreK-12 unionsPlan ahead now to join us, because available seats will fill up fast

From work-related injuries, obligations as a mandated reporter, what to do and not do in a Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigation, use of reasonable restraint of a student, and rights to union representation, a wide variety of relevant topics will be addressed.
Presenters are AFT Connecticut legal counsel Eric Chester and James Demetriades. Light dinner will be served.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 17 from 5:00 to 7:00PM.
WHERE: The 2nd floor Soifer conference room of AFT Connecticut union headquarters, located at 35 Marshall Road in Rocky Hill (plenty of free parking available).

Click here to register online for this free workshop (light dinner will be provided).

If understanding the legal obligations of working in public schools today is a priority for you, make arrangements to join us next month in Rocky Hill for this indispensable course!.

More to come, and in solidarity,
Jennifer Benevento
Professional Issues & Development Coordinator, AFT Connecticut

Mary Yordon
Vice President for Pre-K-12 Teachers, AFT Connecticut
Bristol Elections — November 3, 2019

Bristol Elections

This week as Bristol heads to the polls, be aware of the AFT CT endorsed candidates.

Ellen Zappo for Mayor

Peter Kelly for City Council

Mary Fortier for City Council

Greg Hahn for City Council

Each of these candidates sought out union endorsement, and underwent an interview and vetting process by AFT CT before being voted on for endorsement.

Free Books for New Bristol Teachers! — October 16, 2019

Free Books for New Bristol Teachers!

Thanks for a partnership between AFT, First Book, and Dalio Philanthropies, teachers hired in Bristol since January 2019 are eligible for this wonderful opportunity!

Get books & resources at up to 90% off the retail cost!
The First Book Marketplace is full of specially curated books, school supplies, basic needs items, and other educational resources on relevant themes — all available at a discount every day exclusively for those serving kids in need.

To support schools and programs like yours in Connecticut, AFT Connecticut is excited to share a special opportunity to choose $50 of FREE books from the First Book Marketplace! This offer expires November 15, so don’t delay.

Use code: AFTCTOMG

How to choose your free books:

1. Sign up here:
to become a member of the First Book community if you do not already have an
account. Feel free to refer to the First Book OMG Webinar for assistance!

2. Choose books for your school or program and add them to your shopping
cart. Feel free to explore the popular categories below! While you are welcome
to add other items — such as basic needs or school supplies — to your cart, this
funding will only apply to books (including eBooks and audio books).

3. Use promo code AFTCTOMG at check out to take $50 off your order.
Please note that this code will only apply to orders shipping to Connecticut.*

4. Keep an eye on your email later this fall! Thanks to support from Dalio
Philanthropies, new member educators will have the opportunity to receive an
additional promo code for books and resources from First Book.

For Bristol Teachers On the Cusp of Retiring… — October 15, 2019

For Bristol Teachers On the Cusp of Retiring…

The AFT CT is hosting a pre-retirement seminar on October 26 at H.C Wilcox Technical High School located at 298 Oregon Road in Meriden. This seminar is for teachers who may retire in the next few years.

Due to limited spacing, and to discourage unnecessary “no shows,” there is a $10 per person deposit to hold a seat at the event, but this is REFUNDABLE on the day of the event for those who attend.

Please call 860 257 9782 or visit

After registering, send checks payable to AFT Connecticut to 35 Marshall Road, Rocky Hill, CT  06067

NGSS Training from AFT CT — October 7, 2019

NGSS Training from AFT CT

We are excited to be offering kindergarten through grade 6 educators who are members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions professional development on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This engaging new workshop is an opportunity to align teaching by reasoning, analyzing and synthesizing evidence to construct explanations of core science and engineering ideas:
WHEN: Wednesday, October 16 from 5:00 to 7:00PM.
WHERE: The Soifer Conference Room on the second floor of AFT Connecticut union headquarters, located at 35 Marshall Road in Rocky Hill (plenty of free parking available).
HOW: Click here to register to attend this free course (light dinner is included).
The presenter is our own Meriden Federation of Teachers local union member Maura Graham-Vecellio. She will “walk through” tasks for workshop participants appropriate for K-6 students to to help them become familiar with performance expectations.
We hope you can join us later this month in Rocky Hill for what will be a fun and informative new workshop to help you align your teaching with NGSS.
AFT CT Survey for PD — October 6, 2019

AFT CT Survey for PD

We are once again asking you to help union leaders better meet the professional development needs of PreK-12 educators like yourself. Will you take a moment to complete our brief online survey?
The survey should take you less than two minutes to complete and your responses will help us plan workshops, training sessions and courses that will be of the greatest benefit.
More to come, and in solidarity,
Mary Yordon
Vice President for Pre-K-12 Teachers, AFT Connecticut
Jennifer Benevento
Professional Development Coordinator, AFT Connecticut