Month: May 2023

Six Ways to Help Kids Grow Their Creativity

May 23, 2023

Professor James C. Kaufman, author of Creativity 101 and the forthcoming Creativity Advantage, explains that by associating creativity with geniuses, we fail to recognize everyday creativity in ourselves and others. “We have certain fixed ideas about creativity. A lot of people . . . assume, well, Shakespeare’s creative, Einstein’s creative,” he says. “But there are all these gradations and levels of creativity. Creativity is not just about the arts; it applies to everything that involves the process of problem solving.”

Opinion: In CT and Beyond, Students of Colors Need Teachers of Color

May 17, 2023

There are more and more qualified and great non-white teachers who would love to help non-white students just like them because they went through the same experiences growing up. According to the NEAG School of Education at UConn, “the number of students of color has more than doubled in the Neag School’s Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates and increased by 33% in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Education Program.” So there are more teachers who are graduating every year who are non-white. It’s not that there is a lack of diverse teachers, these teachers just aren’t being hired.

Graduation Group Photo in Gentry.

Year-End Neag School Accolades: 2022-23

May 17, 2023

Throughout the academic year, the Neag School is proud to share the latest achievements of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Explore their most recent promotions, awards, retirements, publications, and more: Dean’s Office Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Office of Teacher Education Department of Educational Leadership Department of Educational Psychology Faculty/Staff Students Alumni In […]

Nyberg – UConn Program Helps Young Women Become Leaders

May 16, 2023

After an event last year featuring female leaders, Sally Reis asked students in the University of Connecticut BOLD Women’s Leadership Network what their favorite part was.

One student’s answer? That it was “really good to know the people whose jobs you’re going to have in 10 or 15 years.”

That’s what the female leadership network hopes to instill in its scholars, according to Reis, who is a professor of educational psychology and the faulty lead for the BOLD program at UConn.

Symbols of the Confederacy Are Slowly Coming Down From US Military Bases: 3 Essential Reads

May 11, 2023

Alan Marcus and Walter Woodward have been studying the role of Confederate monuments and other nostalgia in American memory.

“Historical monuments are intended to be timeless, but almost all have an expiration date,” they wrote. “As society’s values shift, the legitimacy of monuments can and often does erode.”

This is because monuments, including the names of U.S. military bases, reveal the values of the time in which they were created and advance the agendas of their creators.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Reflecting on Career Teaching Ag Educators

May 10, 2023

A young girl’s love for horses and FFA was the impetus for a rewarding career teaching agriculture. Sarah LaRose’s passion for all things equine began at age 10. Her military family moved to Virginia, where she began riding lessons at a local stable.

“When we moved to Connecticut, my guidance counselor at Ledyard High School said in passing, ‘Oh, we also have an agriculture program,’ and passed me a brochure with a horse and rider on the front,” she recalled.

Special Feature: Commencement 2023

May 2, 2023

The members of the Class of 2023 arrived at UConn as part of a diverse and academically accomplished cohort, determined to make their mark on the state’s flagship public university. They did that and more, navigating the challenges of an unprecedented global pandemic while setting new standards in sustainability, entrepreneurship, activism, and student scholarship. And, on their way to their next adventure, they got to celebrate the first NCAA men’s basketball national championship in nearly a decade.