Category: Community Engagement


UConn Steps in to Help Bassick High Turn Things Around

February 1, 2011

Widline Guerrier, 17, a Bassick High School senior in Bridgeport, wants more challenge. She is tired of friends picking on where she attends high school and insinuating her courses are less rigorous than theirs. Judy Whittingham, a parent with three children at Bassick, wants books that go home with students, even if they have to […]


On the Fast Track to Teaching Math and Science

November 15, 2010

Stephanie Mather Dominello and Lorna Carrasquillo, UConn graduates now student teaching in two Connecticut high schools, have a number of things in common. Both decided that they wanted to teach after looking at other career paths. Both say teaching is much busier and more challenging than they initially expected. And both want to make a […]



People’s United Community Foundation Awards $40,000 for CommPACT Schools Initiative

November 15, 2010

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded $40,000 to the University of Connecticut Foundation for their CommPACT Schools initiative on school reform. The grant will support the Neag School of Education’s innovative CommPACT initiative, designed to help close the achievement gap in Connecticut. Under the leadership […]



Madaus Advocates for Help for ‘Hidden’ War Wounds

June 1, 2010

Every battlefield has yielded its share of wounded warriors, but in the aftermath of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, the Gulf War and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, veterans with disabilities now receive as much attention for their cognitive and psychological impairment as they do for their physical wounds. For Neag Associate Professor Joseph Madaus, […]


Magnet Schools Provide Academic and Social Benefits, Study Reports

June 1, 2010

Both white and minority children in Connecticut’s magnet schools showed stronger connections to their peers of other races than students in their home districts, and city students made greater academic gains than students in non-magnet city schools, Casey Cobb and a team of colleagues found in research commissioned by the state. Cobb, associate professor of […]


Gifted Ed in the U.S.: A Case of Bright Child Neglect

June 1, 2010

The nation is failing its 3 million brightest students with dramatically uneven funding, policies and oversight of gifted education at the state and local levels, a Neag School of Education team found in a recent survey representing 47 states. Del Siegle and Catherine Little, associate professors in gifted education at Neag, conducted the research with […]


Neag Professor Spearheads Hartford Promise Neighborhood Efforts

June 1, 2010

Neag kinesiology professor Jennie Bruening knows what the late Jaime Escalante, the math teacher who inspired the film “Stand and Deliver,” and Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, both know: Low academic performance in deprived communities can’t be chalked up to the kids. So, Bruening, inspired by Whatever It Takes, a book about […]


Education Leadership Roundtable

June 1, 2010

UCONN Magazine and the Neag School of Education brought together five alumni and graduates of the educational leadership certificate program to discuss leadership in Connecticut public schools, moderated by Robert M. Villanova ’86 Ph.D., director of the Executive Leadership Program in the Neag School and former superintendent of schools in Farmington, Conn. Participants included Alan […]