Category: Community Engagement


Read stories related to faculty, students, and alumni involved in public engagement initiatives.

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 […]


Technology Clicks for UConn Alumnae Teaching Second-Graders

February 17, 2010

Imagine the “Ask the Audience” option on the syndicated TV show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and you’ll have a good understanding of a new clicker technology brought to Portland, CT, second-graders by a Neag graduate school alumna. Amy Raines is the one responsible for bringing the idea to Valley View Elementary. While working […]



Three Gifts Bolster CommPACT School Reform Effort

February 15, 2010

Three significant gifts totaling close to $500,000 will help support the CommPACT School Reform Initiative, based at the Neag School of Education. The innovative program, designed to improve student achievement and school climate, recently received $250,000 from The NEA Foundation, $195,000 from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation and more than $50,000 from AT&T Cconnecticut. CommPACT […]


Nayden Clinic Gets a Fresh Start

February 12, 2010

Patients, Students and Research Benefit A new location, more space and additional technology are just some of the adjustments made at the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic to launch it as an independent health care provider in eastern Connecticut and expand its services. Until December, the clinic was affiliated with Windham Hospital, which was responsible for billing […]


Improving the Literacy Skills of At-Risk Kindergartners

February 1, 2010

The inability to recognize even simple terms often leads to serious reading problems later, says Michael Coyne, whose research on reading interventions for kindergarteners, including intensive vocabulary training, is gaining national attention. Coyne, an associate professor in the Neag School’s Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER), has won nearly $4.5 million in federal grants […]


Fulbright Specialist Returns from Thailand with Powerful Lessons

January 27, 2010

Thailand’s reverence for teachers took a little getting used to for Neag professor Xae Alicia Reyes, who spent six weeks in the southeast Asian nation as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. The experience, says Reyes, reinforced her strong belief in education as a bridge between cultures. Reyes, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and […]