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Dr. Betsy McCoach Named Recipient of Zirkel Teaching Award

Betsy McCoach

Neag School alumnus Perry A. Zirkel ’68 MA, ’72 Ph.D., ’76 JD, university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, this year established the Dr. Perry A. Zirkel Distinguished Teaching Award at the Neag School. The award will be given annually to a full-time Neag School faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching.

After reviewing several strong nominations, the award selection committee has named Dr. D. Betsy McCoach the 2018 award recipient. She will be formally recognized during the annual Neag School Alumni Awards Celebration on March 17, 2018.

Zirkel, who formerly served at Lehigh as dean of the College of Education and more recently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, has a master’s in education, Ph.D. in educational administration, and JD from the University of Connecticut, as well as a master of laws degree from Yale University.

Read more about the Zirkel Award here.

 

For more information, contact: Stefanie Dion Jones at sdionjones@uconn.edu

Congratulations to Michael D. Coyne – 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award

Michael Coyne, who has spent 16 years at UConn, has published 60 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator in grant-funded projects exceeding $25 million. His research efforts are widely recognized and have been incorporated into school psychology; general and special education; and educational psychology. His practice and systems efforts are influencing local and national policy on adoption of and use of evidence-based instructional practices. In addition, he serves as co-director of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER). Check out a photo from the meeting of Coyne accepting the award.

Congratulations to Devin Kearns – 2017 Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award

In addition to publishing in such top journals as Journal of Educational PsychologyExceptional Children, and Reading Research Quarterly, Devin Kearns has grants and contracts totaling $7.5 million. He also has collaborated with Vanderbilt University, University of Maryland, and Haskins Laboratory, and has pending projects with Florida State University and the University of South Carolina.

Professor James Kaufman was interviewed by New Scientist about nurturing or suppressing creativity in the classroom.

 

Want to Think Outside of the Box? Try Sniffing a Placebo

 

The placebo effect is best known in medicine for making people feel better when they are given sham treatments. Now there is growing interest in using placebos to boost athletic and cognitive abilities…

 

 

Professor James Kaufman was interviewed by New Scientist about nurturing or suppressing creativity in the classroom.

 

Congratulations Professors Sally Reis and Joseph Renzulli – NAGC Book of the Year 2017

Congratulations to Our

NAGC Book of the Year Award Winners

 

Curriculum Compacting: A Guide to Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction Through Enrichment and Acceleration (2nd ed.)

Prufrock Press’sCurriculum Compacting andBreaking Through! have been announced as two of the 2017 National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Book of the Year Award winners. The books were named in the Practitioner and Parent/Caregiver categories, respectively.

In Breaking Through!: Helping Girls Succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, by Harriet S. Mosatche, Ph.D., Elizabeth K. Lawner, and Susan Matloff-Nieves, parents will find tips they can immediately use to help combat the gender imbalance in STEM areas.

Curriculum Compacting: A Guide to Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction Through Enrichment and Acceleration(2nd ed.), by Sally M. Reis, Ph.D., Joseph S. Renzulli, Ed.D., and Deborah E. Burns, Ph.D., introduces the strategies that teachers need to understand to implement curriculum compacting.