Category: Community Engagement


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Feel Your Best Self: Educators, Puppets Unite to Teach Kids About Emotions

May 11, 2022

Enduring the turmoil of a global pandemic for more than two years now, many of us have struggled. We can recognize the importance of self-care and wellness, but not everyone has necessarily adopted a daily meditation practice or quit their late-night doomscrolling. By now, though, perhaps we can admit to ourselves one thing: It’s OK to not be OK in every moment.



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Neag School Graduate Students Launch Education Research Journal

April 7, 2022

A group of graduate students at UConn’s Neag School of Education have launched the School’s first academic journal. The journal is now welcoming submissions through the end of May for its inaugural edition, slated for publication in Fall 2022. Under development for nearly a year, the Neag School of Education Journal is an editor-reviewed, open-access, annual journal.



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Women Leaders Share Insights Through UConn ELLEvate Panel

March 1, 2022

The University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education collaborated with UConn Women and Philanthropy this past Thursday to host “ELLEvate: Supporting Women in Leadership,” a panel discussing women’s experiences in leadership roles.
The panel, led by Laura Burton, department head and educational leadership professor at the Neag School, included Fany DeJesus Hannon, director of the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC) at UConn; and Vonetta Romeo-Rivers, director of teaching and learning for Regional School District 10 in Connecticut. Both Hannon and Romeo-Rivers are alumni of the Neag School.



3 New Haven Teachers Chosen For Math Teacher Leader Program

February 14, 2022

Three New Haven teachers were chosen for the Noyce Math Teacher Leader Program, a five-year professional learning and service program intended to expand Connecticut’s capacity to advance more equitable mathematics education, according to the school district. Program partners include the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education and its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics, as well as the Connecticut State Department of Education.


As Legislative Session Gets Underway, UConn Offers Insight and Expertise

February 10, 2022

Connecticut Education Association President Kate Dias ’97 MS, 6th Year is focusing her attention on the educational workforce, and hopes the session will yield approvals of public acts addressing educators, namely better working conditions and recruitment and retention of teachers.

The group started reaching out to legislators weeks before the session, Dias says, offering itself as a resource for questions or topic temperature checks in advance of any bill packages that may come out over the next few weeks.


Celebrating 50 Years of PRLACC

February 10, 2022

This week, we welcome Fany Hannon, Neag School alumna a director of the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, which is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. Fany talks about how the Center emerged from the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, what it’s been like trying to keep a student-oriented organization running during a global pandemic, and why so many generations of Latinx Huskies consider PRLACC a home away from home.


Holocaust Education Evolves as Number of Survivors Declines

February 10, 2022

“When someone feels like their rights are being violated or the government is overstepping their bounds, they’ll cite the Holocaust, which is very dangerous,” says Alan Marcus, a professor in UConn’s Neag School of Education.

Marcus recently was part of a team that produced a research study that was published in “Holocaust Studies” that examined the transition of Holocaust education from live to virtual survivor testimony. Marcus also wrote a column for The Conversation on the issue.