Category: Neag in the Media


Read stories by or about Neag School faculty, alumni, students, and other members of the community that appear in external news outlets.

More Than Masks and Critical Race Theory – 3 Tasks You Should be Prepared to do Before You Run for School Board

January 18, 2022

“As a former school board member – and as a researcher who studies educational leadership and policy – I find it worrisome when polarizing issues generate so much attention from candidates,” says Casey Cobb, Neag Professor of Educational Policy at the Neag School of Education. “The reason I worry is that I know from firsthand experience that being an effective school board member is never just about taking a stance on a few hot-button topics. Rather, it’s about much broader issues, such as meeting the educational needs of all students in the school district.”



How to Use Homework to Support Student Success

January 13, 2022

“School assignments that a student is expected to do outside of the regular school day—that’s homework,” says Sandra Chafouleas, a UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology. “The general guideline is 10 minutes of nightly homework per grade level beginning after kindergarten. This amounts to just a few minutes for younger elementary students to up to 2 hours for high school students.”




UConn Students Chosen as Alma Exley Scholars

January 5, 2022

Two UConn students have been chosen as the 2022 Alma Exley Scholars. They are Saraya Lewis, a junior majoring in secondary English education, and Tamashi Hettiarachchi, who is pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She majored in chemistry education as an undergraduate at UConn. The program was able to offer two scholarships this year because of the growth of the endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. The growth was achieved thanks to substantial contributions as well as solid investment gains.


More Tinsel and Less Tension: How to Get the Best Out of the Holiday Season

December 22, 2021

“Whenever and however you celebrate, having a holiday season is important for wellbeing,” says UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Sandra Chafouleas. “Holidays set aside time for relaxation, reflection and reliable traditions — a trio that has become increasingly important as the world has gotten more chaotic and less predictable. Whether you approach them from a spiritual, social or cultural perspective, celebrating holidays can offer a ‘super big dose’ of positive emotions like joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, pride and love.



The Stories That Attracted the Most Readers

December 20, 2021

The year 2021 featured many newsworthy events that kept Inside Higher Ed’s reporters busy. As the year comes to a close, we want to thank you for sticking with us for the news, regardless of how weighty the topics were. The five most read stories were: 5. Biden’s Choice for Education Secretary: Miguel Cardona, education commissioner in Connecticut, is a strong defender of public schools.


Teaching Map Literacy Is Important Part of Having an Informed Public

December 17, 2021

When the average person consumes information through sources like television, radio, a website, or a newspaper, they might do it with a critical eye. What is the viewpoint of the news outlet? Has it been trustworthy in the past? Is there another source for this information to get a second opinion? A map is different. People tend to look at maps as absolute information that should be taken as fact without analysis. But that’s a mistake, according to a pair of UConn professors from the Neag School of Education in a recent article published in Social Studies Research and Practice.