Written by: Joanne Manginelli, UCAPP's UPPI Program Coordinator
On Saturday, April 29th, the University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) held their 3rd Annual Change Project Day at Laurel Hall in Storrs. 38 Neag students, approaching graduation from the School Administrator's 6th year certificate program presented their final projects to their mentors, clinical supervisors, UCAPP instructors, colleagues, friends, and family.
The UCAPP Change Project is the capstone of a two-year endeavor where students identify a need or opportunity for school improvement and work toward positive change in the students' home or mentor school. This year’s projects impacted over 1,100 students and nearly 12,000 educators statewide from the 38 studies. They focused on a variety of topics with many addressing equity and access for all students.
Individuals in three of UCAPP's cohort models, Traditional, PLUS, and Residency, were represented at the event. Longtime UConn Adjunct Professor, Michael Buckley, delivered the keynote address while 10 UCAPP alumni served as room facilitators where they introduced the presenters and shared their own leadership experiences.
The morning presentations were followed by a reception in the Student Union Ballroom (Storrs) along with a panel discussion. Recent UCAPP alumni and new school leaders, Christine Griswold, Carl Johnson, Joseph Labarbera, and Kenneasha Sloley, related thoughts and insights to help guide the new graduates as they transition into their administrator positions.
“We would like to thank The Connecticut Association of Schools, Hartford Public Schools, and LEAD Connecticut for their partnership and support in preparing highly and capable school leaders who are committed to realizing equity and excellence for all students and school communities,” says Dr. Richard Gonzales, Neag's Director of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs. “We also wish to express our most sincere appreciation for the school and district leaders, who generously shared their time and expertise as mentors to our UCAPP leaders.”
To view more photos from the event, please visit Neag's Facebook page.