Month: February 2018

What Should Betsy DeVos Prioritize?

February 28, 2018

“Betsy DeVos’ appointment as the U.S. secretary of education was controversial, but it seems appropriate one year into her tenure to emphasize the opportunities that lie ahead for education,” says Shaun Dougherty, an assistant professor of education and public policy at the University of Connecticut. “One such opportunity that has bipartisan support and the potential for positive impacts is the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, first signed into law in 1984 and last reauthorized in 2006.”

The Continued Success of UConn’s Baseball Coach Jim Penders

February 21, 2018

UConn’s baseball coach, Jim Penders, is the prime example of a coach who is very high on player development and the numbers don’t lie. Under his belt are numerous appearances in the NCAA tournament including a Super Regional appearance in 2011, three conference titles and a total of 43 players either drafted or signed by professional baseball clubs.

Students in Poverty Less Likely to be Identified as Gifted

February 20, 2018

“This is the first look at this issue in a significant way,” says Rashea Hamilton, a research associate in the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE), part of UConn’s Neag School of Education. “We were able to make connections between higher proportions of free or reduced lunch students and availability of gifted programs and percentage of gifted students.”