The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) discontinued their gifted education programs in 2005 – and had no plans to serve the city’s most talented learners. But when high-performing students started leaving DCPS for private schools in the suburbs or area charter schools in search of gifted programs, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson began searching for a gifted education program. In 2012, DCPS turned to Professor Joseph Renzulli, Neag School of Education researcher and internationally known expert in gifted education, for help.
Neag School of Education faculty member Devin Kearns has received an $650,000 grant from the Institute of Education Services (IES), as part of a larger $1.6 million grant with other colleagues, to develop a middle school co-teaching program to encourage collaboration between content-area and special education teachers and to improve the reading skills and content-area knowledge of students with learning disabilities.
Neag alumna Kate Maupin ’08 recently won the 2015 International Book Award (IBA) for her first book, Cheating, Dishonesty & Manipulation: Why Bright Kids Do It (Great Potential Press, 2015). Beating out 1,200 entries from around the world, she captured the top prize in the education/academic category, revealing how “more than 80 percent of bright students self-reported that they had not only cheated in an academic setting, but also had never been caught.”
We invite you and your family members to take part in Huskies Forever Weekend, a three-day event at the Storrs campus filled with activities open to all UConn alumni.
This three-day event will feature everything from a 5K race to museum-led art tours to a wine and beer tasting. In addition, the Neag School will be sponsoring the following activities on Saturday, Oct. 10. Register online now!
Believing that education is society’s "great equalizer," Ray Neag ('56, CLAS), for whom the school is named, gifted $21 million to UConn’s School of Education in 1999. He called it a strategic investment. At the time, it was the largest gift ever given to an education school in the U.S. and continues to be UConn’s largest endowment. Read more...