Month: May 2021

For Gifted Kids, Effort is Key to Success in Life

May 30, 2021

Renzulli is professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he also serves as director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. His definition suggests that “giftedness” consist of three characteristics in equal parts: intelligence, creativity and perseverance.

More Joy — Less Catch-up — Experts Counsel Local Schools

May 28, 2021

Sandra Chafouleas, a professor at UConn’s Neag School of Education and co-director of the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH), said that all schools need to make learning joyful and emphasize relationships, flexibility and a focus on the whole child. Most importantly, Chafouleas said, schools needed to invest in building teacher-student relationships. She said that just one teacher could make an enormous difference in the path of a child.

In Conversation With James Kaufman

May 25, 2021

Looking for an inspiring discussion of creativity and its potential? In this episode, Joe Binetti talks to renowned creativity expert Professor James C. Kaufman of the University of Connecticut, who co-developed the influential Four-Cs model of creativity – amongst many other things.

A Friend and a Mentor: ILA Remembers Past President Jack Cassidy

May 25, 2021

“Jack was known for many contributions to our field but especially his passionate commitment to our organization, his many talented doctoral students, and his innovative survey of trends in reading, the annual What’s Hot, What’s Not study. He was a friend to everyone in the literacy community and will be missed by us all. I will always remember his wide, welcoming smile each and every time we met.” —Donald J. Leu, University of Connecticut

UConn Report Podcast: Former Husky Batouly Camara Discusses Her Latest Venture

May 24, 2021

You may best remember Batouly Camara from her days on the court at UConn, but she’s stayed plenty busy since then. She wrote a children’s book, “A Basketball Game on Wake Street,” made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, was honored at the ESPYs, and plans to travel to Africa to pursue an Olympic dream. In this week’s UConn Report podcast, hosted by Hearst Connecticut Media’s Doug Bonjour, Camara discusses her latest ventures both within and outside basketball.

CEE Department Scores Two New Grants to Expand on Neurodiversity Programs

May 19, 2021

Through the help of Zaghi, Hain, Civil Engineering Professor Richard Christenson, Educational Psychology Professor Joseph Madaus, English Professor Tom Deans, and Literacy Education Professor Rachael Gabriel, the team will be developing a strength profiler tool, creating a peer mentoring program, piloting a technical writing program, and holding stakeholder workshops.