Author: Stefanie Dion Jones


Don’t Open a New Charter School in the Middle of a Pandemic

June 26, 2020

Because reopening public schools in the coming school year will be fraught with unprecedented challenges, experts say, and education budgets may get cut to the bone, news of charter school startups and expansions will undoubtedly spark heated opposition from public school parents and teachers, even in well-to-do suburban communities, like Wake County, that may have been insulated from the financial costs of school choice in the past.


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Anti-Racism Resources for Students, Educators, and Citizens

June 4, 2020

We are reaching out to share resources that we believe might be helpful as you reflect on the current and ongoing racism in our country. We hope that these resources will help you reflect on and process the current moment. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, as there are so many dynamics, so many theories, so many histories to grasp in order to do our work of understanding anti-racism. We hope it will, though, provide a place for you to start or some new directions to go. As you find useful resources, please continue to share and learn together.


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Online Graduate Certificate in Educating Bilingual Learners

May 12, 2020

The Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut offers a 4-course, 12-credit 100% online graduate certificate designed for practicing educators who wish to hone their skills in order to better support English Learners in schools. Apply by May 15.


Bert Wachtelhausen.

10 Questions: Neag School Distinguished Alumna Bert Wachtelhausen

April 22, 2020

Former UConn women’s basketball player and recreational therapy graduate Bert Wachtelhausen ’81 (ED) has shaped a thriving career combining skills she honed as a Division I athlete with her longtime interests in physical health and helping others. Climbing the corporate health insurance ladder in what for many years remained a male-dominated industry, Wachtelhausen has long since shattered the glass ceiling to excel as a senior executive who now serves as president of startup WellSpark Health.





DeVos Wants Expansion of Remote Learning Tools

April 10, 2020

Schools haven’t been unprepared for this moment, said Michael F. Young, an associate professor of educational technology at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. But the immediate strain of wholesale migration to digital learning technologies will be felt by districts, he said.