Month: January 2019

1:00 p.m. — Baker checks in at the office and confirms her afternoon schedule. (Photo credit: Cat Boyce/Neag School)

Principal Preparation Program Undergoes Redesign

January 11, 2019

The field of education has been going through constant evaluation and evolution since 1983, when “A Nation At Risk” was published.

“That report sounded the alarm that the United States was not at the top of the food chain anymore when it comes to education,” says Richard Gonzales, director of UConn’s Neag School of Education leadership preparation program.

Since then, responses to the report have encompassed curriculum changes and standards, teacher preparation, and in the early 2000s, a growing emphasis on leadership – in particular the role and training of school principals.

6:20 a.m. — Megan Baker, principal at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, Conn., starts off her day an hour before the school day, which begins at 7:20 a.m. She spends the time reviewing emails, preparing for the day, and gathering with her team. (Photo Credit: Cat Boyce)

Principal Preparation Program Undergoes Redesign

January 11, 2019

UConn is now one of seven universities that are part of The Wallace Foundation’s University Principal Preparation Initiative, a four-year, $48.5-million program aimed at improving training for aspiring administrators. The Foundation encourages administrator training that emphasizes the practical aspects of the job and includes instructors who have been school leaders themselves.

How Teachers Can Support and Challenge Twice-Exceptional Students

January 10, 2019

“When I first started my student teaching, I understood that all of my students would have specific learning needs that must be addressed throughout the school year,” writes Caroline Galeota. “As a teacher with dual certifications in elementary education and special education, I knew I would need to support students with a wide range of talents and abilities. Yes, it was tough learning how to identify and implement supports that ensure academic growth for students, but with proper training and time in the classroom it became second nature.”

Bristol Schools’ Chief Deputy to Lead System

January 10, 2019

Assistant Superintendent Catherine Carbone has been chosen to lead the city’s school system. Carbone had served as a senior administrator in the Hartford schools, and before that spent seven years as principal of Bristol’s Chippens Hill Middle School.

Emily Tarconish, a Neag School scholarship recipient, spoke during the 2018 Scholarship Celebration.

10 Questions With Ph.D. Student Emily Tarconish, Brain Injury Survivor

January 8, 2019

Emily Tarconish is a Ph.D. candidate in Neag School’s educational psychology program with a concentration in special education. She is a survivor of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) she endured at the age of 15. With years of hard work and rehabilitation, Tarconish has relearned how to walk, speak, and regain basic life functions. Once she completes her Ph.D., she plans to pursue research focused in part on improving access to higher education for college students with TBIs.