Author: Shawn Kornegay




Neag School of Education Announces New Grant for Connecticut Teachers

November 17, 2017

A new grant to support Connecticut teachers, the Rogers Educational Innovation Fund, has been established by the Neag School of Education thorough a legacy gift of $125,000 from Neag School Professor Emeritus Vincent Rogers. The expanded Rogers Educational Innovation Fund will provide a $5,000 grant annually in support of innovative projects carried out by teachers in Connecticut.


For Retired Superintendent, Middletown Capped Rewarding Career

November 16, 2017

Superintendent Patricia Charles worked her last day in the district on Nov. 9, completing more than five years leading city schools through a period of turmoil, tightening budgets and financial uncertainty. Charles said during her tenure the district has made great progress in trimming costs, keeping special education students in the district and ensuring resources are distributed equally to students.


Board of Education Names New Interim Chief Academic Officer

November 16, 2017

The Board of Education appointed Craig Creller as the district’s interim chief academic officer Tuesday night. Creller will serve in the role for the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year. Creller has served as the district’s K-12 mathematics instructional specialist for the past seven years. He is currently enrolled in the Neag School of Education Superintendent Leadership program at the University of Connecticut.


Prof. Emeritus Pursues Innovation in Connecticut Classrooms With Legacy Gift

November 9, 2017

University of Connecticut Professor Emeritus Vincent Rogers has announced an endowment to the University’s Neag School of Education, designating a legacy gift of $125,000 to expand the Rogers Educational Innovation Fund, according to the fund’s website. With the expansion, “The Rogers Award” will provide $5,000 annually to an elementary or middle school teacher in the state of Connecticut for use in the classroom, the fund’s website said.



UConn Women’s Soccer Coach Tsantiris Retiring After 37 Years

November 8, 2017

Len Tsantiris saw it all. He started coaching girls soccer at E.O. Smith High School in 1977, just as Title IX was starting to make an impact on girls’ and women’s sports. And in 1981, he started coaching the fledgling UConn women’s soccer team. After 37 years, four national championship game appearances, seven Final Four appearances and over 500 wins, Tsantiris, 68, announced his retirement from UConn Tuesday.


Expert: Political Climate Trickles Down to Schools

November 2, 2017

Bullying, harassment and social exclusion are common climate problems within schools, but they’ve become especially concerning since the 2016 presidential election, George Sugai said.
In his keynote address at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Wednesday, Sugai — a professor at the University of Connecticut with a Ph.D. in special education — discussed the necessity of educators creating a positive school climate on all campuses.


Inviting Uncertainty into the Classroom

October 31, 2017

“What would happen if we invited uncertainty into our classrooms? If you’re not sure how to answer this question, you’re not alone. What makes this question difficult is that most of us don’t like uncertainty. It’s uncomfortable. We do our best to avoid uncertainty and if we experience it, we attempt to quickly resolve it.” Ron Beghetto