Stefanie Dion Jones

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Three students wave from patio of Gentry Building, home of the Neag School.

Neag School Ranks Among Top 20 Publics for Sixth Consecutive Year

For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UConn’s Neag School of Education among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation.

Young student learning during COVID via an iPad.

How Can Principals Help — Not Harm — Learning During COVID?

The pandemic has profoundly changed the way many schools have been operating over the past year. Yet teaching and learning during COVID must continue — whether students are connecting with teachers and classmates in person or virtually. Among those under pressure to ensure that effective learning persists are public school principals.

Professor Emeritus Bill Servedio

The Enduring Vision and Innovation of Professor William Servedio

Having always practiced what he preached as a professor, advisor, and coach, William “Bill” Servedio is someone who walks the walk. Perhaps more accurately, the Neag School Professor Emeritus runs the run; he appears to have spent most every day of his 78 years moving at full tilt. And in recently establishing a scholarship fund for Neag School sport management students in addition to taking part in virtual discussions with alumni from the program, he clearly has no intention of slowing down.

Neag School Selected to Join National Holmes Scholars Program

This fall, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) selected UConn’s Neag School of Education to join its Holmes Scholars Program, a nationwide network of higher education institutions seeking to support students from historically underrepresented communities enrolled in graduate programs across the field of education.

Teacher leading a class at the American School for the Deaf.

Neag School Launches American Sign Language Education Program

Beginning in Fall 2021, UConn’s Neag School of Education will be offering a new program in American Sign Language (ASL) education. Recently approved by the Connecticut Board of Education, the program is designed to prepare aspiring educators interested in becoming teachers of ASL.

American Flag.

Talking to Kids About the Dysfunctional Presidential Debate

To move forward with our kids, we first need to address the mess that happened this week. We must talk about what happened during this debate of dysfunction, using it as a prime non-example (what not to do) of healthy debate. We also need to push for more civics education in school, teaching our kids the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they will need to be healthy debaters as adults. Actively embedding social and emotional learning within existing structures for teaching debate is important for all students.

Megan Baker, principal at Tourtellotte High School in Thompson, Connecticut, greets one of her students.

Principal Prep in Practice: One Year Into UConn Administrator Preparation Program’s Revamp

This summer marks one year since the Neag School’s University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) began implementing changes as part of a nationwide effort known as the University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI). In 2016, UConn was one of seven universities selected to join this initiative, funded by New York City-based Wallace Foundation, aimed at improving training for aspiring administrators.

Gentry Building.

Fall 2020 Neag School Hires, Appointments, and Promotions

The Neag School is proud to announce for the 2020-21 academic year a number of new hires across each of its academic departments, as well as several faculty promotions and new appointments for existing members of the Neag School community, effective this month.

Parent holding tablet for child.

4 Questions to Ask Now in Preparing Your Child for School

I recently read a post from a frustrated parent who attended a back-to-school virtual meeting. The parent wanted practical steps on preparing for school, but instead received a lot of information about mindfulness and social-emotional health. The school perhaps missed an opportunity here to engage families in why social, emotional, and behavioral health is so important, and how it is critical for schools and families to partner as we head into fall.

Diandra J. Prescod.

Counseling Expert Strives to Support Individuals Facing Unemployment Due to COVID

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, unemployment rates in the U.S. rose to their highest level since the Great Depression as of mid-April. Last week alone, the U.S. Department of Labor reported more than 1.4 million new unemployment claims. Diandra J. Prescod, associate professor and program coordinator of counselor education and counseling psychology at the Neag School, is working to combat the obstacles faced by those Americans who have lost their jobs or been furloughed as a result of the pandemic. She wants them, first and foremost, to have hope.