Month: June 2023

‘Feel Your Best Self’ Puppets Help Kids Understand, Express Feelings

June 16, 2023

“Think about the lost social skills, opportunities to practice using big emotions and understanding and naming emotions,” said Sandy Chafouleas, professor of educational psychology at UConn’s Neag School of Education. “So, all those things were going to come in the door — in a door that’s already stressed. Schools were already stressed.”

With that, they came up with an idea: partnering with UConn’s Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry to create “Feel Your Best Self” — a series of free, online YouTube videos hosted by a trio of puppets.

He Sells

June 15, 2023

Dave DeLucia ’80 (CLAS) ’81 MA, ’83 6th Year has been collecting seashells since he was 12 years old. It all began with a trip to Boston with his sisters to buy seashells and, while his family and friends liked it, he loved it. Though originally retrieved from the depths of the ocean in countries like Japan and Portugal, the shells now reside in wooden cabinets and glass displays in his house where they are protected from the harsh rays of the sun.

In America’s Test Kitchen

June 15, 2023

Garrett Schlichte ’15 MA, an upbeat copywriter from San Francisco, has never backed down from a new adventure. So when he saw a casting call on Instagram for a new television cooking competition, he thought “Why not?” He was not only cast in “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation,” but made it to the finale, beating competitors with such dishes as lemon ricotta dumplings and pavlova with key lime lemon curd.

Could Religious Charter Schools Upend American Education? A Chalkbeat Explainer.

June 6, 2023

These cases have not had far-reaching consequences because most states with voucher programs already allowed religious schools to participate. The rulings also did not speak to charter schools directly. But in one case Justice Stephen Breyer raised the issue in dissent. “What about charter schools?” he wrote, before pointing out that the court had no clear answer. Indeed some experts told Chalkbeat in 2022 that this would be the coming legal dispute. “Charter schools are the next frontier,” said Preston Green, a University of Connecticut professor.

Florida Rejected Federal Youth Health Survey for Being Too Sexual, So It Came Up With Its Own

June 2, 2023

“It looks to me like they’ve taken the CDC measure and whittled or changed it to fit the context of what the Florida political structure wants,” explained Dr. Sandra Chafouleas, a professor in educational psychology for the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

Chafouleas is not involved in Florida’s survey or the CDC’s YRBS. But she has spent her career studying and creating youth assessments. We asked Dr. Chafouleas to review Florida’s new survey for its strengths and weaknesses.

Finding a Home in the Asian American Cultural Center

June 1, 2023

Fahd A. Vahidy ’95 (CLAS), ’98 MA and Monika Doshi ’99 (CLAS) know what it’s like to feel like an outsider at college. Both were raised by immigrant families and were newcomers to the American college experience at UConn in the 1990s. Both were grateful to find a home on campus at the Asian American Cultural Center. Since graduating, they have generously donated to and volunteered for the center, helping many students along the way feel less like outsiders. They’ve been mentors and lecturers, served on many student and alumni panels, and rarely miss an event.