Category: Faculty

UConn Co-Directs National Education Center on PBIS

November 6, 2018

The University of Connecticut is serving as one of the lead institutions on a $32.6 million U.S. Department of Education grant supporting schools and districts throughout the nation to implement empirically based practices to increase student success.

This major federal investment represents five additional years of funding for the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which just celebrated its 20th year.

The Lasting Legacy of Vivienne Dean Litt at the Neag School and Beyond

October 23, 2018

Scholarships undoubtedly remain an essential source of support for individual students, but in fact they can also set into motion a wealth of other positive outcomes beyond funding an individual’s educational journey. One such student scholarship is the Vivienne Dean Litt Memorial Award — established in memory of the late Vivienne Dean Litt, former assistant director of the University Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (UPLD) at UConn.

Study Finds High Levels of Creativity, Originality in Adults With ADHD

October 18, 2018

James Kaufman classified creativity in four distinct ways: mini-c (personal insights), little-c (everyday creativity), pro-c (expert level) and big-c (creative genius). He said the kind of creativity exhibited by students with ADHD is often undervalued because it encourages others to be open to newness, which is scary for those who are accustomed to rhythm and order.

Jane Nguyen, second from left, is one of the 2018 Global Sports Mentoring Program Emerging Leaders. She is being hosted at the Neag School this month by mentors Laura Burton, Jennifer McGarry, and Danielle DeRosa. (Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of State in cooperation with University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, & Society. Photographer: Jaron Johns)

Neag School Faculty, Staff Mentor Emerging Leader in Sport

October 17, 2018

Each year, the U.S. Department of State, the Center for Sport, Peace & Society at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and espnW co-sponsor the Global Sports Mentoring Program’s (GSMP) Empower Women Through Sports Initiative.

The Neag School Department of Educational Leadership’s Laura Burton, Danielle DeRosa, and Jennifer McGarry were selected to serve as mentors to an emerging leader from Vietnam, Tra Giang “Jane” Nguyen.

UConn Athletic Department Makes Strides in Mental Health Care

October 10, 2018

Seeking mental health care can be a hard decision, especially for student-athletes in the spotlight on college campuses. The stereotypes and expectations can weigh heavily on players, putting them in a unique position few understand better than Clewiston Challenger, an assistant professor of counseling in the Neag School of Education and a former UConn football player.

Four Steps Schools Should Take to Identify Gifted English Learners

October 5, 2018

Despite the growing numbers of English-language learners in U.S. schools, their representation in gifted and talented programs continues to lag behind not only their native English-speaking peers, but also other underserved populations, including black and Hispanic students and children from low-income families.

The root of the problem is the procedures and policies that most schools use to identify gifted students beacuse they frequently overlook academically talented English-learners, a report from the National Center for Research on Gifted Education found.