Author: Stefanie Dion Jones


Sexual Violence With K-12 Students in Connecticut: A Research Report

January 14, 2016

A new report focused on sexual violence with K-12 students in Connecticut – co-authored by former faculty member Jonathan Plucker ’91 (CLAS), ’92 MA and current Neag School student Grace Healey – shares recent research regarding “the prevalence of sexual violence, with a focus on young people, at both the national and state level,” and outline steps that the state of Connecticut is taking in response.


Alicia Bowman

‘8 Questions’ With Neag School Alum Alicia Bowman

January 14, 2016

Three-time Neag School alum Alicia (Qerim) Bowman ’01 (ED), ’02 MA, ’08 6th Year – now in her sixth year serving as principal of West Woods Upper Elementary School in Farmington, Conn. – is featured this week as part of Teach.com’s “8 Questions” series, which showcases teachers who have transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in the field of education.


Preston Green

Are Charter Schools the New Subprime Mortgages?

January 5, 2016

Preston Green III, John and Carla Klein Professor of Urban Education in the Neag School of Education, recently spoke with Jennifer Berkshire, author of the EduShyster blog, about a new report – titled “Are We Heading Toward a Charter School ‘Bubble’?: Lessons From the Subprime Mortgage Crisis” – for which Green is the lead author.


Gladis Kersaint Named Dean of the Neag School of Education

January 4, 2016

Dr. Gladis Kersaint has been named the new dean of the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education.

Kersaint, currently associate dean of academic affairs and research for the College of Education at the University of South Florida (USF), where she is also a professor of mathematics education, will begin in July.


Kaitlin Leonard

National Consortium Offers Full Funding to Neag School Special Ed Doctoral Students

December 8, 2015

For Kaitlin Leonard, finding the time or the money to pursue a Ph.D. had never seemed a realistic possibility. Thanks to support from a new national consortium, Leonard is now one of 28 Ph.D. candidates in special education to receive a full four years of funding.

One of two National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention student scholars currently at UConn, Leonard is joined by fellow student scholar Sarah Wilkinson; a third slot at the Storrs campus is currently open to applications from prospective candidates.



Valerie Pichette

Neag School Launches Student Scholarship Fund to Honor Longtime Colleague

November 16, 2015

For nearly 20 years, Valerie Pichette served as executive assistant at UConn’s Neag School of Education – first with Dean Richard Schwab and later with former Dean Thomas DeFranco – as well as a longtime mentor to innumerable students and friend to many colleagues campus-wide. Pichette passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. In remembrance of her longtime dedication to the University, the Neag School announces the launch of a new endowed scholarship in her name, the Valerie J. Pichette Scholarship Fund.