Month: July 2013


What Matters in Teacher Preparation?

July 30, 2013

In recent years, concerns have emerged regarding the preparation of new teachers and their ability to work effectively in today’s complex classrooms.  Some entities have criticized traditional teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities particularly, focused on perceived weaknesses in content courses and field experiences. The Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut […]


Matt Ross: From Eager College Student to Technology Leader and Father

July 30, 2013

After working for the Neag School of Education at UConn for almost half of his life, Matt Ross, ’01, ’07, recently announced that he’s leaving the world of technology in higher education to direct technology for the Farmington School District. A resident of Farmington for almost 10 years, he will be responsible for technology design, […]


REALL Makes Real Learning Possible For ELLs

July 30, 2013

It didn’t take long for New Britain fifth-grade teacher Kim Rosa Gionfriddo to realize the strategies she learned as a Neag School of Education REALL fellow to better teach students with limited English proficiency could  benefit native English-speaking students, too. “It’s a simple thing, but just by being more explicit and taking time to define […]


Transcendental Meditation May Boost Student Grades

July 30, 2013

A study of school pupils by Dr. Robert Colbert found that performing two 20-minute sessions of Transcendental Meditation each day improves academic achievement.  “While there are bright spots in public education today, urban schools on the whole tend to suffer from a range of factors which contribute to poor student academic performance and low graduation […]





Latest Edition of Widely Used Exercise Guidelines Edited by UConn Fitness Expert

July 30, 2013

A prescriptive handbook widely used in medicine, athletics, and fitness programs, was recently republished in its ninth edition, edited by UConn kinesiology professor Linda Pescatello. The latest edition of the American College of Sports Medicineʼs Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription seeks to remove barriers that often delay or prevent healthy individuals from starting beneficial […]


UConn Experience Still a Part of WesternU President’s Daily Life

July 30, 2013

It’s been more than 50 years since Philip Pumerantz, Ph.D., has sat in a University of Connecticut classroom, yet he applies the lessons he learned there every day. Specifically, he said he strives to “listen, care and advise” the way long-time former UConn Education Professor William Gruhn, Ph.D., did when Pumerantz was a student there […]