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Dr. Catherine Little’s Project SPARK is in the News

Dr. Catherine Little has been conducting a summer program/research project, Project SPARK, that was recently featured in the Norwalk Hour, Read the story at  http://www.thehour.com/news/article/Brookside-program-aims-to-close-the-excellence-8424512.php

Dr. Ron Beghetto discusses points from his new book: Big Wins, Small Steps: How to Lead For and With Creativity

Dr. Ron Beghetto is Professor of Educational Psychology in the Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology program, and an international expert on creativity in educational settings. In this Principal Center podcast he discusses ideas presented in his new book on creativity.

Chafouleas Elected President of SSSP

Sandy Chafouleas, EPSY professor, has been elected the incoming President of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP).  The purpose of SSSP is to advance basic and applied scientific research, disseminate research findings to broad audiences, and foster communication about the specialty of school psychology.  Membership in SSSP is limited to nomination and invite only. In the 1960s, SSSP founded the prestigious Journal of School Psychology.  The not for profit entity funds major initiatives such as the Early Career Research Award, Dissertation Grant Award, International Research Award, School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference, and the Research Registry. Her term begins in 2017 as President-Elect.

Photo of Chafouleas speaking

Hamilton Receives Dissertation Award

Dr. Rashea Hamilton was selected as the recipient of the 2015 William E. Loadman Outstanding Dissertation Award for Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University. This award is given annually to the Ph.D. student who has completed and defended the most outstanding dissertation in each academic area during the previous year. Dr. Hamilton is a Research Associate for the National Center for Research on Gifted Education in the Neag School of Education at UConn.

Dr. Rashea Hamilton receives outstanding dissertaton award

Picture: Dr. Rashea Hamilton (center) is presented with a William E. Loadman Dissertation Award by donor Professor Emeritus William E. Loadman (left) and Dr. Eric Anderman, her advisor and the chair of the Department of Educational Studies.

Kehle and School Psych Program Recognized for Research Productivity

Dr. Thomas Kehle is among the most published school psychologists from 1907-2014 according to a recently published review of publication in School Psychology Quarterly (March 2016), Vol. 31, No. 1.   UConn was listed as seventh out of all school psychology programs for the number of publications by school psychology faculty and students at a university for that period. In addition to Kehle, UConn school psychology professors include Dr. Melissa Bray, Dr. Sandra Chafouleas, Dr. Lisa Sanetti, and Dr. Tamika La Salle.

Siegle Receives National Award for Impact on Gifted Education

Dr. Del Siegle was recognized for his impact on gifted education as recipient of the 2016 Palmarium Award, presented Feb. 4 in Denver.

The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education at the University of Denver presented the award during its annual conference.

Siegle is a professor of gifted and talented and Head of the Department of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at UConn. He also serves as director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, the federal government’s only funded national center on giftedness.

The Palmarium Award is presented to the individual most exemplifying the vision of the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education: A future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced and systemically nurtured throughout the nation and world. Recipients demonstrate that vision through practical impacts on education, advocacy outreach, educational publications and influential research.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the third annual Palmarium Award,” Siegle said.

After receiving the award, Siegle delivered a talk titled Tips for Making a Difference in Young People’s Lives, addressing important attitudes toward learning that enable young people to be successful.

Siegle is a past president of the National Association for Gifted Children, the largest organization dedicated to promoting the needs of gifted and talented children. He is also chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG. With over 650 state, national, and international presentations and over 100 articles, book chapters, and books on gifted and talented education, Siegle is nationally recognized for his work on motivation and underachievement of gifted students.

Sugai Addresses Legislators About Lowering Use of Restraints in Schools

Connecticut lawmakers and education leaders seeking to reduce the use of restraints and seclusion in public schools were encouraged this week by EPSY Professor George Sugai who offered a successful, research-driven alternative to addressing disruptive student behaviors.

More than 100 people attended a two-hour presentation at the state Capitol on Jan. 27, where professors George Sugai and Nicholas Gelbar described how a prevention and de-escalation strategy known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can significantly reduce incidents of seclusion and restraint, while simultaneously improving the classroom climate for all students. Read more at http://spotlight.education.uconn.edu/2016/hands-off-reducing-restraints-in-connecticut-schools/

George Sugai

Kaufman Finds Creativity Lacking in College Admission Process

Educational Psychology professor James C. Kaufman found that traditional college admission practices are capturing only part of a student’s overall potential when they overlook creativity. Read more at http://spotlight.education.uconn.edu/2016/creativity-found-lacking-in-college-admissions-process/.

James Kaufman

Betsy McCoach Receives 2016 Distinguished Researcher Awards

D. Betsy McCoach, Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Program Coordinator, was named the 2016 Neag Distinguished Researcher. This award is given to a senior level-investigator in the Neag School of Education who, over at least the past 10-year period of time (at least five consecutive years at UConn), has made significant research contributions to his or her field of study.

Dr. Erik Hines Holds a Seminar on Black Males in Higher Education

Dr. James L. Moore III, a distinguished professor of Urban Education and Executive Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center, and Dr. Erik Hines, Assistant Professor at UConn in Counseling, held a seminar on the Black male experience in higher education at the Dodd Center Konover Auditorium on Thursday, November 5.

Dr. James Moore and Dr. Erik Hines hold a seminar on Black males in higher education