Month: September 2020

New Course Introduces Students to U.S. Anti-Black Racism

September 4, 2020

“We are building this course so that it is a starting point, not an ending point. We hope students coming out of this course will be interested in learning more and pursue opportunities available to them at UConn to learn from the phenomenal faculty teaching these modules as well as many other UConn faculty who focus on issues of racism, anti-Blackness, and other forms of oppression,” says Milagros Castillo-Montoya, an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs at the Neag School.

Monuments ‘Expire’ – But Offensive Monuments Can Become Powerful History Lessons

September 4, 2020

“Historical monuments are intended to be timeless, but almost all have an expiration date. As society’s values shift, the legitimacy of monuments can and often does erode,” say Alan Marcus, a professor of curriculum and instruction at the Neag School of Education, and Walter Woodward, an associate professor of history at UConn. “This is because monuments – whether statues, memorials or obelisks – reveal the values of the time in which they were created and advance the agendas of their creators.”

Teachers outside school for 'reverse' teacher parade

How Three Conn. Superintendents Are Navigating School Reopenings

September 3, 2020

The summer is typically a time for school superintendents to reflect on the previous school year and start thinking about the year ahead. However, preparation looks very different in the age of COVID-19 as school districts choose between three reopening models: fully in-person, hybrid, or remote.

There is a Solution for Connecticut’s Literacy Crisis. It’s Time to Make it Happen.

September 3, 2020

The good news is that significant research and data on how to effectively teach literacy already exist. In 2012, an initiative developed by the General Assembly’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus studied best practices in early literacy and resulted in the “CT K-3 Literacy Initiative,” a pilot program with the UConn Neag School of Education that established school-wide improvement plans for reading and intensive interventions and provided ongoing literacy professional development.

Steady Habits: Doug Glanville on Protests and Athletes Using Their Power

September 3, 2020

Doug Glanville is a former Major League Baseball player, and has been an analyst for a variety of networks and publications. He’s the author of a book, “The Game From Where I Stand” and teaches at UConn. He’s also a member of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council, and has been active in police reform efforts in the state after a widely-publicized incident where he was racially profiled in his own driveway.

UCAPP students sit in meeting.

Principal Preparation in Practice: One Year into UCAPP Revamp

September 1, 2020

This summer marks one year since the Neag School’s University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) began implementing changes as part of a nationwide effort known as the University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI). In 2016, UConn was one of seven universities selected to join this initiative, funded by New York City-based Wallace Foundation, aimed at improving training for aspiring administrators.