Category: Faculty


Read stories related to faculty experts at UConn’s Neag School of Education.

Weaving Equity Into the Fabric of Principal Training

July 1, 2020

Cutting across all this work is equity. Connecticut, like much of the country, is more diverse than it once was. To help ensure equal educational opportunity for all its students, UCAPP hopes to train principals to spot inequities and negotiate thorny social issues to help resolve them. It has therefore worked to infuse equity into its curriculum and create space for groups education systems often overlook.


Going Viral in the Time of COVID-19

June 30, 2020

To my surprise, the tweet went viral and led to my writing an op-ed in The New York Times entitled “I Refuse
to Run a Coronavirus Home School.” Since then, in addition to trying to keep my sanity, I have appeared on shows from “Good Morning America” to “Central Time” on Wisconsin Public Radio, spreading the message to parents that all we can do right now is our best and that’s enough.


Learning to Navigate the Uncertainties of School Leadership

June 29, 2020

With so many interests shaping its principal preparation program, how well is UCAPP addressing the needs of its students, who many consider UCAPP’s primary stakeholders? UCAPP connected the Wallace editorial team with four members of its class of 2021, the first class to train in the current iteration of the pr​ogram, so we could seek out their views about the new program.



Don’t Open a New Charter School in the Middle of a Pandemic

June 26, 2020

Because reopening public schools in the coming school year will be fraught with unprecedented challenges, experts say, and education budgets may get cut to the bone, news of charter school startups and expansions will undoubtedly spark heated opposition from public school parents and teachers, even in well-to-do suburban communities, like Wake County, that may have been insulated from the financial costs of school choice in the past.



Saga of Seized Diploma Continues

June 24, 2020

Preston Green III, a professor of urban education and educational law with the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, agreed there’s no legal basis for even the temporary withholding of the diploma. The student has property rights to the diploma under state law, as well as Constitutional protections under the First Amendment, Green confirmed.



Students Build Fictional World With Real Educational Impact

June 23, 2020

Polykosmia is a universe dreamed up by students in two classes led this spring by Stephen Slota (he/him, they/them), Neag School assistant professor-in-residence of educational technology. The project, an exercise in both worldbuilding and lesson planning, involved designing everything from mythologies to local governments to individual character arcs. Students also learned how to adapt worldbuilding activities into K–12 classrooms and how to design lesson plans that connected story objectives in a fictional world with learning objectives in the classroom.


Immigrant Students Rise to Top in Waterbury Schools

June 19, 2020

Tamika P. La Salle, an associate professor of educational psychology with the University of Connecticut’s
Neag School of Education, said immigrant families tend to come with much more of a group mentality.

“It’s not just doing better for them, it’s doing better for their families and making their family proud. A lot of them have this collective identity,” said La Salle.