Category: Community Engagement


Students listen in on Joseph Cooper’s remarks at an event held last month to celebrate the release of his book, From Exploitation to Empowerment. (Eve Lenson/Neag School)

Joseph Cooper Releases New Book: From Exploitation Back to Empowerment

March 15, 2019

Fellow faculty members, students, alumni, family, and friends last month joined Joseph N. Cooper, assistant professor of sport management in the Neag School, to celebrate his newly released book, From Exploitation Back to Empowerment: Black Male Holistic (Under)Development Through Sport and (Mis)Education (Peter Lang, 2019), inspired by his research on the intersection between sport, education, race, and culture and the impact of sport involvement on the holistic development of Black male athletes.



Toronto skyline (iStock)

Neag School Faculty, Students, Alumni to Present Research at AERA 2019

March 15, 2019

This April, the American Educational Research Association (AERA)’s Annual Meeting will be collaborating with the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and the World Education Research Association to travel to Toronto, Canada. There, education research work by 60 faculty researchers, graduate students, and alumni from UConn’s Neag School of Education will be featured.



Dean Gladis Kersaint visits classrooms at East Hartford Middle School in November 2016. (Nathan Oldham/Neag School)

Incorporating Cultural Responsiveness into PBIS Framework

March 5, 2019

Segregation in schools was abolished in 1954 in the Supreme Court’s historical decision in Brown v. Board of Education. But this decree from the court did not magically wipe segregation or racial prejudices and tensions away.

There are a variety of models schools around the country used to deal with student behavior problems, and while they have been successful in many cases, these models fail to account for specific issues caused by race-related behavioral problems.

In a collaborative grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities for the University of Connecticut and the University of Alabama, assistant professor of the school psychology program in the UConn Neag School of Education Tamika La Salle and Sara McDaniel, associate professor of psychology at the University of Alabama will work to look at ways to address this gap.


Incorporating Cultural Responsiveness into Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Framework

March 5, 2019

The five-year $2.4 million grant will work with 20 middle schools in Alabama with both homogenous and heterogeneous student populations in terms of race and poverty levels.

“We are including only middle schools in this project because of the importance of adolescence as a critical timepoint for intervention to prevent violent behavior,” McDaniel and La Salle say.



Sports Mentoring Program Training Women Leaders From Around the World

January 24, 2019

At UConn, Laura Burton has seen how the Global Sports Mentoring Program can be a powerful experience for student-athletes. Burton, a professor in UConn’s sport management program, says she and her colleagues work to provide connections between the delegate and the athletics department — usually including at least one women’s basketball practice, providing the delegate a chance to see women playing at one of the highest levels.


Dean Kersaint and Yuhang Rong visit Jordan in November 2018 to connect with Queen Rania Teacher Academy, as well as educators, administrators, and students, to learn more about the success of the Academy’s implementation of a principal training program based on UCAPP. (Photo courtesy of Queen Rania Teacher Academy)

Visit to Middle East Marks Enduring International UConn Partnership

January 23, 2019

As part of an international partnership that began two-plus years ago, Neag School Dean Gladis Kersaint and Yuhang Rong, UConn’s associate vice president for global affairs, traveled this past fall to the Middle East on behalf of the University to connect with educators, administrators, students, and even royalty, in a country where one Neag School program has been making an impact.