Month: June 2020

Immigrant Students Rise to Top in Waterbury Schools

June 19, 2020

Tamika P. La Salle, an associate professor of educational psychology with the University of Connecticut’s
Neag School of Education, said immigrant families tend to come with much more of a group mentality.

“It’s not just doing better for them, it’s doing better for their families and making their family proud. A lot of them have this collective identity,” said La Salle.

Simsbury Awards Honor Three for Service

June 19, 2020

“I have worked hard to be a leader with the knowledge, skills and disposition to meet the complex issues of schools today. In my role as the instructional leader at the district level, I hold firm to my vision and conviction to lead this high performing school district that embraces the belief set that all students deserve an equitable educational experience,” said Erin Murray, assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Simsbury Public Schools.

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New Grant Funds Effort to Help Schools Integrate Health, Learning

June 18, 2020

The Neag Foundation has provided the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) with a two-year grant to facilitate work in the Think about the Link Project. The project builds from the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to fully acknowledge the many interrelated components involved in supporting student well-being. The Think about the Link Project offers practical tools to help schools enhance their work by incorporating the WSCC model in decision-making across academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and physical supports. 

Achievement Caps for English Learners Linger, Troubling CT’s First Hispanic Education Chief

June 18, 2020

“The children they serve, have simply never been given a fair shot at obtaining the resources needed to achieve the common outcome goals with their peers in the surrounding districts. As these districts have become increasingly Latinx, they have become even less able to meet their students’ needs and compete with neighboring districts for high-quality teachers and staff, “ wrote Baker and Robert Cotto, Jr., a Ph.D. student at UConn’s Neag School of Education and former school board member in Hartford.

Where Are All the White Actors?

June 17, 2020

“Many white families in America want to live in a certain type of community and want their kids to be educated in a certain type of school,” says Casey Cobb, the Neag Professor of Educational Policy. “It’s often not malicious, not overt, and not articulated. It’s just the broad pattern of how white Americans move about this land, and perhaps that’s the definition of a privilege that is increasingly being called out.”

It Takes a Village to Train an Effective Principal

June 16, 2020

“We had had a concerted effort to work with more urban districts in the state,” said Casey Cobb, professor of educational policy at the University of Connecticut, who helped reorient UCAPP’s approach to district partnerships. “But we never had formal partnerships beyond one with the Hartford School District. The Wallace initiative gave us the opportunity to reach out to districts to support their leadership development pathways.”

Former Cub and Current Professor Doug Glanville Says It’s Important Athletes Don’t Just Stick to Sports

June 15, 2020

“It is an opportunity for baseball to give back, not only in a way to entertain, but to bring us back to a place of engagement as a team. Although baseball is non-essential, what we’re missing is that spirit of team and we could use that not only on the field, but also for our country and to figure out how we can address these issues in our country,” Glanville said.