Caring During COVID-19: Education Resources From the Neag School

With school closures announced across the country, Neag School faculty, alumni, and students share resources and expertise on teaching, learning, homeschooling, and parenting during the pandemic.

Resources for Parents and Educators

8 Quick Tips for Online Instruction.

Watch Stephen Slota’s video tips for online instruction

Alumna Jessica Stargardter ’16 (ED), ’17 MA

Tips from alumna Jessica Stargardter ’16 (ED), ’17 MA on virtual instruction for gifted students, plus May 11 Webinar: Supporting Gifted Learners at Home

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Sandra Chafouleas.

Sandra Chafouleas on five things college students should include in a plan for wellness

Map of Telluria, a fictional realm.

Invite students to create a fictional world like this one, Polykosmia, which can be spun off into different kinds of individual stories (e.g., movies, games, and illustrations)

Algebra for Kids: YouTube Lessons by UConn Math Professor Álvaro Lozano-Robledo

Algebra for Kids: YouTube Lessons by UConn Math Professor Álvaro Lozano-Robledo

Educator gives high-five to student, another educator looks on.

Strategies for fostering an emotionally safe school environment

Screenshot from Schilling Google doc

Tips from alumna Victoria Schilling ’16 (ED), ’17 MA on Jamboard, digital postcards, and more

Sample lesson plan from Neag School student Samantha Mahoney.

Sample lesson plans, writing journal, and more from current student Samantha Mahoney and her cooperating teacher at Kennelly Elementary School

Students in class at the Renzulli Academy in Hartford, Conn., for children in Grades 4-8. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Free access to distance learning available for schools from Renzulli Learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year

Alumna Shannon Connolly

Math lessons on YouTube for students in Grades 1-5 by alumna Shannon Connolly ’06 (ED), ’07 MA

Young student studying iPad.

Michael Young on what we know about online learning

Young student studying iPad.

Sandra Chafouleas on four questions parents should ask in preparing a child for school

Closeup cropped image student girl hands typing using laptop

Guidance for parents, students, and educators amid school closures

Tracey Ann Lafayette record herself reading a book aloud, which she shares online with her students.

Neag School alumni on navigating the online classroom

Associate Professor Tutita Casa.

Tutita Casa: Homeschooling? Your kitchen can be a classroom

Book cover of Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Multicultural children’s literature recommendations from Isabella “Ivy” Horan ’19 (ED), ’20 MA & Konjit Richards-Johnson ’19 (ED), ’20 MA

Laptop with instructor presenting on screen

How to create a classroom teaching matrix for remote instruction

Additional Expert Voices

Tamika La Salle
Tamika La Salle

Serving the Community

Teacher with a student at the libraryCounseling Expert Strives to Support the Unemployed Amid COVID - Associate Professor Diandra Prescod works to combat obstacles by those facing unemployment.

Reading and Language Arts Center Champions Literacy Amid Pandemic - Associate Professor Rachael Gabriel led Neag School's efforts to help online literacy efforts through the Reading and Language Arts Center.

Alumni, Students Assist in UConn’s Transition to Remote Learning – Neag School alumna Karen Skudlarek ’88 (BUS), ’16 MA and her colleagues at UConn’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning have been instrumental in getting faculty up to speed with remote learning.

Understanding the Impact of Ed Tech to Prevent ‘COVID-19 Academic Slide’ – Associate Professor Devin Kearns is part of a new study with funding from the National Science Foundation's RAPID program.

New Online Graduate Certificate on Educating Bilingual Learners – Faculty Elizabeth Howard, Michele Back, and Danielle Filipiak are launching a new online program to help educators better support English Learners in their classrooms.

    In the Media

    Faculty, alumni, and students have also appeared in various media focused on the coronavirus, stress, distance learning, teaching, parenting, and more:

    • In the UConn Magazine, Going Viral in the Time of COVID-19 – By Associate Professor Jennie Weiner

    • In Disability Scoop, Pandemic Hitting Families Of Those With Disabilities Harder – Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Sandra Chafouleas interviewed

    • On NBC Connecticut (Video) Parents Turn to Learning Pods as an Alternative to In-Person Instruction – Professor Casey Cobb interviewed

    • In the Hartford Courant, ‘Learning Pods’ Gaining Popularity During Coronavirus Pandemic - Professor Casey Cobb interviewed

    • In CT Post, Let’s Try a Different Approach to Learning During the Stress of the Pandemic — By Elena Sada, a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction

    • On Connecticut Public Radio, The Challenges of Online Learning — Associate Professor Jennie Weiner interviewed

    • On Connecticut Public Television, Connecticut Conversations: Coronavirus — Neag School alumnus Miguel Cardona ’01 MA, ’04 6th Year, ’11 Ed.D., ’12 ELP, Connecticut’s commissioner of education, is a panelist on the impact of the pandemic on schools across Connecticut

    • In CT Mirror, Will Extra Education Aid Go to Remedy Learning Lost From School Closures — or Close Budget Holes? — Quotes Raymond Neag Endowed Professor Richard Schwab
    • In The Day, Be Aware That This Crisis Is Far More Trying for Some Than Others — By Montara Tomasetti, a master’s student in special education
    • In CT Examiner, Stark Gaps in Educational Opportunities Raise Questions about the Future of Distance Learning — Quotes Richard Schwab, Raymond Neag Endowed Professor, and Michael Young, associate professor
    • In Washington Times, DeVos Wants Expansion of Remote Learning Tools — Quotes Associate Professor Michael Young
    • In Hartford Courant, Connecticut Parents Juggle Work and Supervising Their Children’s Online Learning — Features Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Sandra Chafouleas and her family
    • On Good Morning America (Video), Rediscovering Play (Audio),  WBUR (Audio), and WNPR (Audio)— Associate Professor Jennie Weiner is interviewed
    • In Hartford Courant, Mansfield Mom of Six Gets Extreme Head Start on Distance Learning— Profiles Neag School alumna Kelly Villar ’06 MA about her experience as the 2020 Iditarod’s Teacher on the Trail
    • In Associated Press and Education Week — Quotes from Associate Professor Michael Young
    • In CT Mirror, Two Districts, Two Very Different Plans for Students While School Is Out Indefinitely— Quotes Associate Professors Michael Young and Sarah Woulfin
    • On Table to Stage (Audio), The Impact of Pandemic on Creativity — Professor James Kaufman is interviewed