Month: August 2011

Ten Tips for Parents of Students Going to College this Fall

August 25, 2011

Understand the challenge of this time for both you and your son or daughter.  For you, this is a time of both loss and freedom. While your teen is getting ready to leave your home, you are also reducing your responsibilities.  As your child is dealing with this departure, he or she is also beginning […]

Dr. Jason Irizarry Publishes Book on “The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts”

August 4, 2011

Despite the rise in Latino population in the United States, academic achievement in schools is scarcely recognized among Latino youth. Dr. Jason G. Irizarry, an assistant professor of multicultural education in the Neag School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, analyzed this issue of underachievement in his recently published book, The Latinization of U.S. […]

Grip Strength Is Good Indicator of Overall Health

August 4, 2011

When Richard Bohannon does physical therapy with his stroke and cancer patients, the one thing he always makes sure to check is their grip strength. While not yet widely used in the medical community, a grip strength test can be an important screening tool in assessing a person’s overall health, says Dr. Bohannon, a professor […]

U.S. Senator Takes a Lesson in School Reform

August 4, 2011

What school reform model has no student lotteries and doesn’t require youngsters to leave their neighborhood schools?  U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal may not have known the answer prior to a visit to Waterbury last week.  Now he knows the answer (CommPACT Schools) and much more! Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited Washington Elementary School in Waterbury. “I […]

Neag Undergrad Does the Research, Does the Math

August 4, 2011

This is the story of how Neag junior Briana Hennessy missed a trip to Mexico, instead became immersed in math justification research, and went to Tanzania this summer and got to teach math. She says of the change in destination, “I was going to do a community service project but not related to teaching, so […]

Mentor Connection Students Get Crash Course in Archaeology

August 4, 2011

UConn archaeology professor Nick Bellantoni had just met his three charges, high school juniors participating in UConn Mentor Connection who chose to spend the three-week program working with the State Archaeologist, when an aide told Bellantoni the New Haven police were on the line, looking for him. A skeleton had been found at a construction […]

Dr. Casa Publishes Book on “Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity”

August 4, 2011

Alarming headlines surrounding sport-related deaths in recent media coverage has prompted national discussion regarding the causes of these conditions and how to prevent them. Dr. Douglas J. Casa, Ph.D., ATC, FACSM, FTNATA, a professor of kinesiology in the Neag School of Education and COO of the Korey Stringer Institute, jumped on board regarding the pressing issue […]

Summer Letter from the Dean

August 4, 2011

Dear Alumni and Friends, This is my second summer as dean and it’s been a very, very busy two years. We’ve had a busy academic year filled with activities and accomplishments. Also, one may think that the Neag School of Education is slow during the summer. Spend a little time around the Gentry Building during […]