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Neag School of Education to Host 15th Anniversary Celebration

A celebration marking the 15th anniversary of the naming of the Neag School of Education will take place during UConn’s “Huskies Forever Weekend” at the Storrs campus. Also known as “Alumni Weekend,” Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, will feature an honors ceremony, keynote speaker, panel presentations and a luncheon to commemorate the Neag School and its accomplishments.

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Increasing Diversity in Talented and Gifted Programs

Mention an education achievement gap and most people think of students struggling to reach proficiency in core academic areas.
But UConn faculty member Catherine Little’s research focuses on the other end of the spectrum – talented and gifted students struggling to advance their academic skills because of limited opportunities.
Little, an associate professor of educational psychology in the Neag School of Education, has received a five-year $2.5 million federal grant to expand an innovative demonstration project designed to increase participation by minorities, students with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups in talented and …

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There were more than 140 comments on my last Local Living column, where I said gifted education programs were too selective and did not appear to educate bright children any better than challenging courses we offer everyone in this region.
This is a sensitive topic, particularly with parents of gifted children. I expected the worst of those comments, but instead, they were intelligent and unthreatening. Many shared my yearning for more research on the issue. I did some more reading and reacquainted myself with the work of Joseph Renzulli, a University …

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Educator and Neag alumnus is Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year

Sometimes Cara Quinn’s sixth grade students at Sunset Ridge School like to call her “crazy.” But they mean it in a good way, that she stands out, said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman to the sixth- and fifth-graders from Sunset Ridge who gathered in the gym Wednesday afternoon.

“That means she’s kind of neat, right?” She’s a special lady,” Wyman said.
Quinn is not only a standout for her students, but also for the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council, which chose Quinn as the state’s teacher of the year for 2015.
Her …

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Neag alumnus Receives Milken Educator Award

 

In the midst of what Metacomet Elementary School Principal Desi Nesmith believed was an assembly to congratulate students on their reading and writing scores, Nesmith was surprised to learn that he was the reason school staff, community and state officials had gathered.
Thursday afternoon, Nesmith was recognized as the 2014 recipient of the Milken Educator Award and awarded $25,000. Nesmith is the only educator in Connecticut to receive the award this year.
State education department Commissioner Stefan Pryor credited Nesmith, who is in his fourth year as Metacomet Elementary School principal, as …

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Please join Dean Richard L. Schwab at the Neag School of Education’s 15th Anniversary Celebration of the naming of the School by Ray and Carole Neag on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UConn. Listen to a powerful keynote speaker, learn from a faculty member talk on an important education issue, and then enjoy lunch. The event is free to attend. To register, click here.
 
Keynote Speaker:

Kaitlin M. Roig-DeBellis ’05, ’06, an honors student at the Neag School of Education, began her teaching career as a reading …