Author: Stefanie Dion Jones


Shaun Dougherty; Morgaen Donaldson; Institute of Education Sciences; IES; Grant Research; CTE; Education Policy; Principal Evaluation; School Leadership

Neag School Faculty Awarded More Than $2M in IES Grants

August 17, 2016

Two Neag School faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership have recently received funding — totaling more than $2 million — from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), as part of the latest round of grants issued by the National Center for Education Research (NCER)’s Education Research Grants Program.



Encourage and Take Beautiful Risks

August 16, 2016

What if we, as instructional leaders, supported creativity in teaching and learning? I mean really supported it. In short, we would see ourselves taking beautiful risks. Creativity expert and professor Ron Beghetto pens this blog post.


Encourage and Take Beautiful Risks

August 16, 2016

What if we, as instructional leaders, supported creativity in teaching and learning? I mean really supported it. In short, we would see ourselves taking beautiful risks. Creativity expert and professor Ron Beghetto pens this blog post.


Human Rights; Early College Experience course; UConn Neag School of Education

Early College Experience Program, Neag School Professor Expand Human Rights Education to High School Students

August 16, 2016

With 80 students currently majoring in the University’s human rights undergraduate program and another 40 to 50 enrolled as human rights minors, UConn stands out as one of just a handful of universities in the nation offering a degree program in the field of human rights.

But educating students in human rights issues need not be exclusive to college campuses, as Glenn Mitoma, assistant professor of human rights and curriculum and instruction, can attest.


Early Standouts May Not Make Future Champions

August 15, 2016

As you watch this year’s summer Olympics, pay attention to the athletes from smaller countries. There’s a good reason why some countries manage to produce elite athletes consistently, even though they’re drawing from populations much smaller than those of China, Brazil, or the U.S. They cultivate them differently.


Former Dean Schwab Joins National Commission to Address Teaching

August 10, 2016

“We have spent billions, passing endless pieces of reform legislation at the state and national level — yet still we have not succeeded in supporting and enhancing the teaching profession to the degree we must if we are to achieve the lofty goals all of us have for our nation’s schools,” says Richard L. Schwab, former dean of the Neag School and a longtime commissioner for The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF).


Amanda Slavin CEO CatalystCreativ

From Student Teacher to CEO: Meet Alum Amanda Slavin ’08 (ED), ’09 MA

July 28, 2016

Neag School alum Amanda Slavin ’08 (ED), ’09 MA has taken the skills she learned in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s program and is now applying them in a career in marketing as CEO and founder of Las Vegas-based startup Catalyst Creativ. This month, Teach.com — an educational web resource for information on becoming a great teacher in any state across the country — features Slavin in its “8 Questions” series, which showcases teachers who have transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in, and beyond, the field of education.


Brookside Program Aims to Close the ‘Excellence Gap’

July 27, 2016

A summer program at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Conn. — called Supporting and Promoting Advanced Readiness in Kids, or SPARK — is a statewide project out of the University of Connecticut to include more underserved populations in academically talented tracks. The idea is that by giving students a jump-start through summer programming, they will be more likely to follow advanced programs later on in their academic career.