Month: November 2017

A New Approach to Gifted Education

November 29, 2017

It’s no secret that traditional intelligence tests often fail to capture the true essence of a student’s capabilities. Educational psychologist Joseph Renzulli, who has spent more than 40 years studying gifted education, notes, “The Achilles heel of gifted education has been its inability to adequately include children who do not fall into the nice, neat stereotype of good test-takers and lesson-learners — ethnic minorities, underachievers, children who live in poverty, and young people who show their potential in nontraditional ways.”

Neag School of Education Announces New Grant for Connecticut Teachers

November 17, 2017

A new grant to support Connecticut teachers, the Rogers Educational Innovation Fund, has been established by the Neag School of Education thorough a legacy gift of $125,000 from Neag School Professor Emeritus Vincent Rogers. The expanded Rogers Educational Innovation Fund will provide a $5,000 grant annually in support of innovative projects carried out by teachers in Connecticut.

For Retired Superintendent, Middletown Capped Rewarding Career

November 16, 2017

Superintendent Patricia Charles worked her last day in the district on Nov. 9, completing more than five years leading city schools through a period of turmoil, tightening budgets and financial uncertainty. Charles said during her tenure the district has made great progress in trimming costs, keeping special education students in the district and ensuring resources are distributed equally to students.

Board of Education Names New Interim Chief Academic Officer

November 16, 2017

The Board of Education appointed Craig Creller as the district’s interim chief academic officer Tuesday night. Creller will serve in the role for the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year. Creller has served as the district’s K-12 mathematics instructional specialist for the past seven years. He is currently enrolled in the Neag School of Education Superintendent Leadership program at the University of Connecticut.