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The work of more than 60 Neag School faculty, graduate students, and alumni will be presented next month in New York City as part of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual Meeting. In addition, faculty members Shaun Dougherty, Rachael Gabriel, and Suzanne Wilson were named Outstanding Reviewers for 2017. Read more about the Neag School’s presence at meeting, the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Heading to AERA? Print this PDF schedule featuring all of the Neag School-affiliated presentations.
The Neag School co-sponsored a mathematics education seminar “Rehumanizing Mathematics: Should That Be Our Goal?” with the UConn Department of Mathematics and the Office of the Provost at UConn. The seminar, which featured Rochelle Gutierrez from the University of Illinois, was held at the Neag School in February. View photos from the event.
The Neag School Alumni Board selection committee named two Neag School graduate students the recipients of its 2018 Neag School of Education Alumni Board Scholarship: Denée Jackson, a master’s degree student in the Neag School’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program, and Elena Sada, a Ph.D. candidate in the curriculum and instruction program. They were formally recognized at the 2018 Neag School Alumni Awards Celebration in March.
The Neag School’s Rogers Educational Innovation Fund committee, led by Suzanne Wilson, selected Dwight Sharpe, an eighth-grade mathematics teachers at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown, Conn., as the inaugural recipient of the award. Read more about the award, funded by Neag School Professor Emeritus Vincent Rogers. Sharpe was formally recognized during this month’s Neag School Alumni Awards Celebration.
Neag School of Education friend Katie Fuller co-curated an art exhibit titled “Race and Revolution: Still Separate – Still Unequal,” the third installment in a series of exhibitions that call on history to expose repeated patterns of systemic racism in the United States. The exhibit was on display at the UConn Stamford campus in March and will be moving to Hartford, Conn., next month.
The Neag School notes the recent passing of Thomas Kehle, professor of educational psychology, who passed away in early February, and former dean William H. Roe Sr., who served as dean from 1965 to 1972.
Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) and Teacher Education
Mark Kohan gathered a group of more than 40 IB/M master’s students at Bowers Elementary in Manchester, Conn., in February for a panel on equity and multicultural education. The panel featured Neag School alumni, including Mary Lou Ruggiero ’82, MA ’04 Ph.D., principal at Bowers; Maximino “Max” Echevarria ’04 MA, ’10 6th Year, vice principal at Bowers; Aryliz Crespo ’16 (ED) ’17 MA, teacher at Bowers; and Vonetta Romeo-Rivers ’04 6th Year, ’14 ELP, talent development coordinator with Manchester Public Schools.
The Teacher Education Student Association and Teacher Education program this month hosted “Teaching, Trauma, and School Violence: A Conversation With Connecticut Students, Educators, and Future Teachers,” an event intended to provide a space for all teacher-education students, including both IB/M and TCPCG, to come together to process and discuss the role that we will have as teachers in our current society.
Department of Educational Leadership (EDLR)
The Center for Educational Policy Analysis (CEPA) hosted a CEPA Student Research Symposium on the Storrs campus in March. Graduate students from across the Neag School of Education shared their research, while fellow students provided input and ideas. View photos from the event.
The CEPA 2017-18 Speaker Series featured three events in February, including Nathan Jones from Boston University, who presented “Measuring Effective Special Education Instructions in the Era of Teacher Evaluation Reform”; Liz Cascio from Dartmouth College, who presented “Does Universal Preschool Hit the Target? Program Access and Preschool Impacts”; and Matthew Steinberg from the University of Pennsylvania, who presented “The Direct and Indirect Effects of Closing Urban Schools on Students’ Academic and Behavioral Outcomes: Evidence from Philadelphia.” The series also featured Doug Staiger from Dartmouth College in March, who presented “School District Reform in Newark: Within- and Between-School Changes in Achievement Growth.” Learn more, and view photos and videos from past CEPA Speaker Series events.
Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends from the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program, along with UConn campus partners, hosted a winter clothing drive for high school students in the area who were displaced from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The winter clothing drive served as an opportunity for faculty and students to collaborate as a community in serving local schools, including Hartford Public High School and Windham High School. They collected 270 donated items, including coats, sweaters, hats, and other winter clothing items.
Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY)
The Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) hosts its March Breakfast Brown Bag Series this month, titled “Opportunities and Challenges in Researching Teacher Quality,” featuring Jennifer Freeman and Morgaen Donaldson.
The Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment program hosted a colloquium featuring David Weakliem from UConn’s Department of Sociology, who spoke on “The Magic Number: What Should be the Standard for Statistical Significance?” The event was held in February on the UConn Storrs campus. Check out photos from the event.
Michele Back recently won a $3,000 grant through UConn’s Office of Early Career Programs. The grant “UConn ECE Concurrent Enrollment Research Grant Initiative” will allow her to investigate how Early College Experience (ECE) courses can be used as a pipeline for recruiting future world language educators.
Ronald Beghetto was selected to give the 2018 keynote for the President’s Series on Teaching Excellence at UConn. The event will be held in April on the Storrs campus. He was also selected as the recipient of the 2018 Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in the psychological study of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association (APA). He will receive the award in August at the annual APA convention in San Francisco.
Aarti P. Bellara gave a virtual professional development workshop titled “Creating Assessments in Higher Education” to faculty at Symbiosis University in Pune, India, in February.
Laura Burton co-authored “Exploring Servant Leadership and Needs Satisfaction in the Sport for Development and Peace Context” in the Journal of Sport Management’s February issue as well as “Career Breakthroughs of Women in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration: What Is the Role of Mentoring?” for the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. She also served as a reviewer for the North American Society for Sport Management Doctoral Student Research Competition.
Todd Campbell co-published, along with colleague Danielle Ross; Neag School doctoral students TJ McKenna and Laura Rodriguez ’16 (ED), ’17 MA; and alum Victoria Schilling ’16 (ED), ’17 MA, “Supporting Preservice Teachers with Task-Based Instruction” for the February issue of STEM Teaching Tools. This month, Campbell also co-presents with doctoral candidate TJ McKenna at the National Science Teacher Association’s conference in Atlanta.
Milagros Castillo-Montoya presented at the College Student Educators International (ACPA) 2018 convention’s Emerging Scholars Research Symposium, officially completing the ACPA emerging scholars program. The convention was held in Houston in March. She also was awarded the NASA Connecticut Space Consortium Grant for her study “College Instructors Learning to Teach Subject Matter to Socially Diverse Students.”
Sandra Chafouleas co-published “Addressing Childhood Trauma in School Settings: A Framework for Evidence-Based Practice” with Neag School doctoral student Taylor A. Koriakin and two other colleagues in the February issue of School Mental Health. They also presented the paper at the 2018 NASP convention in Chicago in February.
Joseph Cooper is a co-investigator on a grant from the American Athletic Conference to study the topic of whether and how white coaches are fulfilling the cultural needs of black college athletes. Cooper also spoke at the Black Issues Summit at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., in February and at a Lunch and Learn at UNC-Chapel Hill in March.
Hannah Dostal co-published “The Assessment of Written Phrasal Constructs and Grammar of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students With Varying Expressive Language Abilities” in the March issue of Education Research International.
Shaun Dougherty co-authored a working paper titled “Teacher Accountability Reforms and the Supply of New Teachers,” which was referenced in a recent Chalkbeat story. In January, he led a master class in regression discontinuity design for a Harvard University Strategic Data Project workshop. He co-authored a piece for The Conversation last month about chronic absenteeism. This month, he published “How Measurement and Modeling of Attendance Matter to Assessing Dimensions of Inequality” for the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk. In addition, he presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy this month in Portland, Ore. Dougherty was also selected as a 2017 Outstanding Reviewer by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He will be recognized at the AERA Journal Publications
Committee reception in New York City in April. Read more about the Neag School’s presence at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting.
Erica Fernández co-authored “‘Venimos Para Que se Oiga la Voz’: Activating Community Cultural Wealth as Parental Educational Leadership” for the December issue of Journal of Research on Leadership Education.
Rachael Gabriel was named as a 2017 Outstanding Reviewer for American Educational Research Journal. She will be recognized at the Journal Publications Committee Reception in New York City in April. She also was co-editor of the volume that won the Qualitative Research SIG’s book award, which will be given at the SIG’s business meeting. Read more about the Neag School’s presence at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting. In addition, Gabriel, along with Hannah Dostal, were named among the winners of the 2017 Provost’s Academic Plan Mini Grant Competition for their project titled “Evidence-Based Understanding and Practical Knowledge of Literacy Instruction.”
Preston Green served as a co-presenter during the UCLA Civil Rights Project’s briefing, “Bringing Civil the Rights Research to Bear on Voucher Programs: Are the Promises Realized?,” held in Washington, D.C., in March. Green was also elected to a three-year term as a representative to UConn’s University Senate.
Robin Grenier, along with colleagues from six universities in the U.S. and U.K., presented a workshop in February at the 2018 Annual Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference in Richmond, Va., titled “Toward a Declaration of Unity, Equity, and Social Justice: The Voice of AHRD.” Grenier recently ended her tenure on the AHRD Board of Directors; she was elected to two consecutive terms on the board and served as the AHRD communications director.
Elizabeth Howard gave presentations at the Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast (MABE) conference in Cambridge, Mass., in March. She also gave presentations at the seventh annual Southern New England Regional Dual Language Conference at the East Somerville Community School in Somerville, Mass.
Devin Kearns was named among the winners of the 2017 Provost’s Academic Plan Mini Grant Competition for his project titled “Using Live, “Bug-in-Ear” Coaching to Provide Immediate Feedback to In-Service Teachers.”
Tamika La Salle and Jaci VanHeest have been recognized by the UConn chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). La Salle has received the 2018 Excellence in Research and Creativity Early Career Award, and VanHeest has received the chapter’s 2018 Service Excellence Award. The awards will be formally presented on Aprli 23 at the State Capitol.
Thomas Levine was named associate editor of Teaching and Teacher Education, an international, multidisciplinary journal concerned primiarily with teachers, teaching, and teacher education. Read more.
Allison Lombardi co-authored with alumni Nicholas Gelbar ’06 (CLAS), ’07 MA, ’11 MA, ’12 6th Year, ’13 Ph.D., Lyman Dukes ’95 MA, ’01 Ph.D., Yan Wei ’11 MA, ’15 Ph.D., and Adam Lalor ’16 Ph.D.; graduate student Jennifer Kowitt; and associate dean Joseph Madaus and other colleagues “Higher Education and Disability: A Systematic Review of Assessment Instruments Designed for Students, Faculty, and Staff” in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Lombardi also co-authored “Including College and Career Readiness Within a Multitiered Systems of Support Framework” in AERA Open.
Alan Marcus is working with students at Mansfield Middle School (Conn.) who will perform the play “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” The play takes place in Terezin in what is now the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia), a ghetto where the Nazis imprisoned thousands of Jewish people during the Holocaust, many who died of starvation and disease or who later perished at Auschwitz. He hosted a workshop about the Holocaust with the student participants in the play and then will be presenting to the entire school as a way to provide context for the play. After the presentation, his fifth year students will lead breakout sessions with the eighth graders to provide a more in-depth discussion.
Jennie McGarry presented “Husky Sport: Using a Sociological Approach for Organization Creation and Sustainability” at Texas A&M’s Laboratory for Diversity in Sport in College Station, Texas, in February.
As part of the Wallace Foundation grant to support the UCAPP redesign initiative, Jennifer Michno and Kelly Lyman ’88 MA, ’01 6th Year attended an intensive work session at the University of San Diego last month. The purpose of this session was to bring a think tank of people together to discuss best practices in the internship component of principal preparation work. Year 2 of the Wallace grant awarded to UCAPP focuses specifically on the redesign of the clinical practice internship component of the program currently offered to students. Michno and Lyman garnered key ideas to contribute to the change process at UConn, including ideas about performance assessment design and coaching practices for students in the field. These ideas will be presented over the coming months to the advisory group that is supporting internship redesign and, ultimately, to the primary and co-primary investigators on the grant project for final review and incorporation into the UCAPP redesign process.
Glenn Mitoma recently served as one of the lead researchers in preparing a report for the U.N. Human Rights Council. The report documents need for greater human rights education across higher education institutions in the United States. Read more.
Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead presented “The Need for Participatory Evaluation and Evaluative Evidence in Pursuit of the Social Good” at the United Nations Youth Forum 2018 at New York City in January.
Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis have reacquired the Renzulli Learning System and now have the capability to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to translate the entire system into any language. The new system is also using AI to include a machine-scored creativity test in the student profiler, the first of its kind in the world. The program now has access to many online advanced courses in addition to the thousands of enrichment resources that are already in the system. In addition, the country of Chile has adopted their Schoolwide Enrichment Model.
Joseph Renzulli is ranked at No. 25 for the World’s Top 30 Education Professionals for 2018 by the Global Gurus.
Sally Reis, the Letitia Neag Morgan Endowed Chair in Educational Psychology, is a presidential finalist for the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias campuses. She is one of four candidates being considered for the leadership position.
Christopher Rhoads recently led an orientation for an upcoming study, where feedback was collected from teachers on new education software that is being developed. The new software, developed by Mgenuity Research and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, focuses on student mathematical problem-solving skills. See photos from the orientation event.
Del Siegle served as the keynote speaker as well as a three-time presenter at the 38th Annual Conference of the Montana Association of Gifted Children in Billings, Mont., earlier this month. His keynote address was titled “Why Gifted Education Works and How Educators Make a Difference.”
George Sugai presented “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: Outcomes, Practices, & Systems” as part of the Child Mental Health Forum at Harvard Medical School in March. In addition, he will present “Now More Than Ever: Doubling Down on Prevention in Schools” this month as part of Fordham University’s Curriculum and Teaching Spring Lecture. Sugai also co-wrote an eight-point statement titled “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America,” endorsed by organizations and individual experts in relevant fields, including researchers from Neag School’s Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER).
Lisa Sanetti and Melissa A. Collier-Meek ’08 (CLAS), ’09 MA, ’11 6th Year, ’13 Ph.D co-wrote “Treatment Integrity of a Homework Intervention: Evaluating Parent and Student Adherence, Exposure, and Program Differentiation” in the February issue of International Journal of School & Educational Psychology.
Diane Ullman presented “Pedagogical Leadership Teams: A Key Lever to Improving Learning” in March at the 2018 Teacher Skills Forum, an initiative by Queen Rania Teacher Academy in partnership with the International Baccalaureate in Jordan.
Jaci VanHeest co-wrote The Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science, Figure Skating, which will make the research underlying elite skaters’ training accessible for the first time to coaches and athletes everywhere. VanHeest also was featured in several recent news stories, including on PBS’ Nova Lens in a piece about Olympic athletes, and in a piece she wrote about wearable technologies for The Conversation. She also was the featured research expert in a recent Twitter chat co-hosted by the Collaboratory on School and Child Health and the Neag School about the effect of play on the brain. Watch VanHeest’s talk, “The Boy Who Learned How to Play,” on YouTube:
Jennie Weiner co-wrote “The New Professionalism? Charter Teachers’ Experiences and Qualities of the Teaching Profession” for the February issue of Education Policy Analysis Archives. She joined the editorial board for American Educational Research Journal (AERJ). Weiner also participated in a recent Educ Culture podcast episode about her latest study, which looks at the framework of intersectionality as it related to women of color as building leaders. The podcast is co-hosted by doctoral student Shannon Holder and Linda Darcy.
Jennie Weiner, along with Del Siegle, E. Jean Gubbins, Catherine A. Little, and another colleague, co-wrote “Environmental Perceptions of Gifted Secondary School Students Engaged in an Evidence-Based Enrichment Practice” for the February issue of Gifted Child Quarterly.
Suzanne Wilson has been chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2017 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Review of Educational Research. She will be recognized at AERA’s Annual Meeting in New York City in April. Read more about the Neag School’s presence at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting.
Sarah Woulfin is serving as co-editor of a Journal of Research on Leadership Education (JRLE) special issue on leadership development.
The “Beyond the Field” lecture series, organized by students in the sport management program, hosted Ellen Staurowsky, professor of sport management from Drexel University, in February on the Storrs campus.
Students in the sport management program hosted a daylong Sport Business Management Conference on the Storrs campus in January. During the program, UConn students had the chance to connect with sport business professionals from around the country. View photos from the event.
Husky Sport and Leadership in Diversity (LID) teamed up to compete in Ignite 2018, UConn’s student group fundraising campaign. Donations will support Neag School students in their pursuit of excellence toward equity and justice.
David Alexandro, a doctoral candidate in the measurement, evaluation, and assessment program and an intern at the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Performance Office, has been among those leading the development of a new Early Warning System for Connecticut’s school districts. He has built on work begun by fellow doctoral candidate William Estepar-Garcia. Read more.
Two second-year students in the HESA program, Julia Anderson and Lisa Famularo, won first place in the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) 2018 Winter Case Study Competition for graduate students.
Pauline Batista, a first-year doctoral student in learning, leadership, and education policy (LLEP), is conducting research in South America on UNESCO’s power over educational policy and curriculum in Latin American (Traditional) communities that have obtained UNESCO’s Heritage Site titles.
Rebecca Day and Mitchell Simmons, sport management undergraduate students and student managers for UConn women’s basketball, were recognized at Senior Night for their help with the program.
Ricardo Destinvil, a second-year student in the HESA program, has accepted a position at Trinity College as the assistant director of student success.
Two secondary education history master’s students, Matt Franco and Julia Eldridge, are spending their spring semester interning at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, Conn. They are working with the education department on school programs, homeschool day, and other events.
Kristen Juskiewicz, a doctoral candidate in the measurement, evaluation, and assessment program, served as a co-author on a recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountablity Office. The report, requested by Congress, was a federal audit of the Affordable Care Act. Read more.
Kristi Kaeppel, a learning, leadership, and education policy doctoral student and graduate assistant in the graduate certificate in college instruction program, presented “GIFs, Twitter, Docs, Oh My! Eliciting Unheard Voices with Technology” at the 2018 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., in February.
Taylor Koriakin, an educational psychology doctoral student, gave a presentation on best practices for trauma-informed school services at the national conference of the National Association of School Psychologists in Chicago in February. She also presented a poster titled “Summary of State Policies Related to School Readiness Assessment Practices.”
Brett LeClair was accepted into the UNC Chapel Hill master’s degree program in sport administration for Fall 2018.
Joseph Madres, an applicant admitted to the leadership and education policy doctoral program, has been awarded a Harriott Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. Recipients of the Harriott Fellowship are eligible for up to five years of fellowship support, consisting of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend.
Jessica Monahan and Graham Rifenbark presented at the 2018 Council for Exceptional Children’s Special Education Convention and Expo in Tampa, Fla., last month.
Patrick Rogers, a second-year student in the HESA program, has accepted an Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (NODA) internship position at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., working with its Orientation and New Student Programs office this summer. He also recently accepted a position to sit on the NODA National Conference Committee as one of three graduate interns planning its 2018 national conference.
Nicole Schwartz and Jamie Moran, undergraduate students in the sport management program, were part of the 2018 Huskython management team that raised a record-breaking $1,021,485 for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Chris Dailey ’99 MA, associate coach for UConn women’s basketball, has been selected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. When she is inducted as part of the Class of 2018 in the ceremony in Knoxville, Tenn., on June 9, she will join Auriemma as well as Rebecca Lobo, Jen Rizzotti and Kara Wolters to make it five Hall of Famers affiliated with the UConn women’s basketball program.
David Erwin ’75 (ED), who recently retired as superintendent of Berlin (Conn.) Public Schools after serving in that post for eight years, was recently appointed as the new part-time superintendent of Sprague (Conn.) Public Schools.
Megan Gebbia ’97 (ED), the head coach for American University Women’s Basketball in Washington, D.C., was inducted into the Frederick County YMCA Hall of Fame. Gebbia is a national expert in the field of coaching philosophy and played soccer for four years at UConn.
Lara Hawley ’16 (ED), ’17 MA is a Fulbright scholar as an English teaching assistant at a high school in South Africa until October. She works with small groups with grades 8 through 11, helps coach debate, and fundraises to buy books for the school.
Laurie Henry ’98 (ED), ’00 MA, ’07 Ph.D. has been appointed the next dean of Salisbury University’s Seidel School of Education in Salisbury, Md. Henry comes to Salisbury from the University of Kentucky, where she is associate dean for clinical preparation and partnerships in the College of Education.
Janice Kooken ’15 Ph.D., along with D. Betsy McCoach and Sandra Chafouleas, co-wrote “The Impact and Interpretation of Modeling Residual Noninvariance In Growth Mixture Models” for the January issue of The Journal of Experimental Education.
Kim Lawless ’94 MA, ’96 Ph.D. a current Neag School research partner from University of Illinois – Chicago and the associate dean for research for the UIC College of Education, was named a UIC Distinguished Researcher.
Rachel Madsen ’10 Ph.D. attended the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, with a group of her students from Ithaca College, where she teaches. Students filled a variety of roles at seven different venues, including ticketing and credentialing.
Lauren Secko-Pagan ’07 (ED) is the director of the Education Station at the Italian Center of Stamford, a new early childhood education center opening in September in Stamford, Conn.
Jeffrey Villar ’96 MA, ’99 Ph.D. is leaving his post as executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) to take a new position with the Southbridge, Mass., school district. Villar, who also is vice president of education policy at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), has lead CCER since 2013. Last year, he worked with the CCER board and CBIA staff on the formal affiliation of the two organizations.
Kathleen Williamson ’18 Ph.D. school psychologist in Darien, Conn., won the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Ron Edwards Dissertation Award. She was recognized at NASP’s national conference in Chicago in February.
John F. Cawley ’56 MA, ’62 Ph.D.
Richard J. Arcano ’73
Claire J. Bellino ’62
Bruce E. Betts ’77
Lawrence W. Brown ’81
Jean G. Carnaghan ’78
David G. Carter, former faculty
Edythe C. Dexter ’73
William Dunn ’59
Ann R. Glanovsky ’91
William A. Holley ’63
Paul Mazzarella ’56
Dorothy A. Mikolajcik ’64
Annette L. Murphy ’74
Robert D. Pease ’72
James F. Perretta Sr. ’64
Jesse J. Pietras ’79
Barbara I. Potterton ’35
William H. Roe Sr., former dean, 1965-72
John E. Sabol ’73
John C. Salas ’76
Irene P. Smith ’75
Barbara D. Todd ’68