Month: February 2010

Adolescent Literacy Crisis Focus of Summary Paper

February 17, 2010

CBER Team Publishes in Journal of Literacy Research While schools and governments were putting the top priority on teaching basic reading skills to beginners, older students have been faltering on the path to understanding what they’re reading. Two-thirds of eighth- and twelfth-graders read below proficiency, and one-third of high school graduates are not prepared to […]

Technology Clicks for UConn Alumnae Teaching Second-Graders

February 17, 2010

Imagine the “Ask the Audience” option on the syndicated TV show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and you’ll have a good understanding of a new clicker technology brought to Portland, CT, second-graders by a Neag graduate school alumna. Amy Raines is the one responsible for bringing the idea to Valley View Elementary. While working […]

Neag School’s Newsletter Goes Digital

February 16, 2010

Welcome to this first online edition of Spotlight, the Neag School of Education’s newsletter highlighting the news, research and achievements of our school, alumni, faculty, staff and students, and hope you’ll find this new format convenient and informative. While you’ll discover many of the same types of articles in this and future editions, we have expanded our […]

Three Gifts Bolster CommPACT School Reform Effort

February 15, 2010

Three significant gifts totaling close to $500,000 will help support the CommPACT School Reform Initiative, based at the Neag School of Education. The innovative program, designed to improve student achievement and school climate, recently received $250,000 from The NEA Foundation, $195,000 from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation and more than $50,000 from AT&T Cconnecticut. CommPACT […]

Nayden Clinic Gets a Fresh Start

February 12, 2010

Patients, Students and Research Benefit A new location, more space and additional technology are just some of the adjustments made at the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic to launch it as an independent health care provider in eastern Connecticut and expand its services. Until December, the clinic was affiliated with Windham Hospital, which was responsible for billing […]

Dean’s Annual Appeal

February 12, 2010

During the month of February, you will be receiving a message from Dean Thomas DeFranco asking for your support of the Neag School Dean’s Fund.  We hope will be able to respond to his appeal and consider a gift of any size to this most important of funds. The Dean’s Fund supports the areas of greatest […]

What’s Old is New Again!

February 12, 2010

The Charles B. Gentry Building is now a comfortable, attractive home for Neag School faculty, staff and students. The $10 million overhaul of the original side of the building came in on time, and reopened in January (In 2003, a large wing and atrium was added to the building’s west side). During the holiday break, faculty, […]

ReCONNect with Alums

February 11, 2010

Ever wonder what your former classmates are up to?  We hope to ReCONNect you by sharing the information you supply to us or to the UConn Alumni Association.  Send your news and information to: (We welcome your story ideas too!) 60’s Tom Bowler ’66  ’81 6th Year, a certified playground equipment inspector for Total Playground […]

A ‘Special’ Educator, A.J. Pappanikou Dies

February 8, 2010

Retired Neag School of Education Professor, Agisilaos John Pappanikou, Ph.D., who fought for the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families, died Nov. 6, 2009 at age 79. Called “Pappy” by those who knew him, he was a professor of special education at UConn’s School of Education from 1965 to 1989. His friends and […]