Category: Alumni


Read stories about Neag School of Education alumni.




How U.S. Education Secretary Nominee Miguel Cardona Can Stop the Teacher Shortage

February 12, 2021

“To boost student achievement and teacher morale, research shows you need highly educated and experienced school principals and district leaders,” says Richard Schwab, dean emeritus of the Neag School and professor in educational leadership. “Thriving businesses invest heavily in leadership development. They commit to training employees who show leadership potential. As in business, effective leaders in education require the right skills and proper support.”



Hartford Principal Identifies Biggest Achievement as Leading Next Generation of ‘Movers and Shakers’

February 12, 2021

“I came from Hartford and that I grew up just like they did, and I finished school and I have my doctorate. That’s an expectation. It’s not something that’s a far reach for them. I’m letting them know, no this is the norm. This is what you can do if you choose,” says Tayarisha Batchelor.

For Batchelor, leading the next generation of movers and shakers is her biggest achievement.


Paul Freeman listening to children.

10 Questions With Connecticut’s Superintendent of the Year

February 3, 2021

Paul Freeman ’09 Ed.D. is in his 10thyear as the superintendent of Guilford (Conn.) Public Schools and has almost 30 years of administrative and teaching experience in schools in Connecticut. Freeman earned an Ed.D. in 2009 from the Neag School of Education. In addition to having recently been named the state’s Superintendent of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), he had been recognized in 2014 by the Neag School as Outstanding Superintendent of the Year.


What to Watch For During Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona’s Confirmation Hearing to be U.S. Education Secretary

February 2, 2021

Connecticut education Commissioner Miguel Cardona will appear before the Senate’s education committee Wednesday for a hearing on his nomination to serve as the next U.S. education secretary under President Joe Biden.
UConn professor Casey Cobb, an education policy expert, said the hearing will provide an opportunity for Americans to learn more about Cardona’s priorities —especially since he only entered the public eye on a national scale in late December.


Secretary of Education Nominee Miguel Cardona Expected to Support Dual Language Schools

January 27, 2021

Another concern is that the popularity of these programs in white, affluent districts will lead to the schools being less focused on the needs of ELLs. The University of Connecticut, Cardona’s alma mater, has recently been awarded a $179,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education to address these concerns by promoting a greater focus on sociocultural competence.