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UCAPP UPPI Welcomes New Program Coordinator

Joanne Manginelli has been named the University of Connecticut’s program coordinator for the Wallace Foundation’s University Preparation Program Initiative (UPPI) in the Department of Educational LeadershipUCAPP's New UPPI Program Coordinator, Joanne Manginelli. Prior to this role, Manginelli was Director of Professional Learning and subsequently Executive Leadership Coach of Hartford Public Schools, where she helped design and recruit for the UConn/Hartford PLUS Administrator Preparation (UCAPP) program cohort.

The Wallace Foundation UPPI project is a $47 million initiative to research, improve upon, and change the way that principals are trained. At UConn, the UPPI team will work on improving the UCAPP program to meet the goals set through the Wallace initiative. Manginelli has worked closely in developing and implementing principal preparation programs, and comes to this role hoping to use her knowledge and experience to help meet the goals established for the UCAPP program. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor for the UCAPP program.

The director of UCAPP, Dr. Richard Gonzales, describes the UConn UPPI project as a “vast undertaking”, for which Manginelli will be an “asset to organizing and contributing to the continuous improvement effort.” The Wallace Foundation emphasizes that this initiative is a vital one for improving schools and education as a whole.

“I am really looking forward to working with the UCAPP and UPPI team members,” Manginelli says. “They are all exemplary educators and I value their commitment to this work.”

Manginelli obtained her BS in Music Education at the University of Bridgeport in 1975. She earned her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education at Southern Connecticut State University in 1993, along with her sixth year diploma in Educational Leadership in 2005.

“She brings a wealth of quality experience as a practitioner and knows our program well,” says Dr. Gonzales. “We are pleased to welcome Joanne to the UCAPP team.”

Joanne can be reached at

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Neag School Welcomes Back Educational Leadership Alumni for Second Annual Forum

Following an evening of networking among more than 130 educational leadership alumni, students, and colleagues, two notable Neag School alumni — school principal Alicia Bowman and superintendent Joseph Macary — took to the stage to share their program experiences and insights on leadership during Neag School’s Second Annual Educational Leadership Alumni Forum, held Nov. 1 at UConn’s von der Mehden Hall in Storrs.

To READ Shawn Kornegay’s full story, please click HERE.

To VIEW UCAPP alumnus Alicia Bowman on YouTube, please click HERE.

Alumni Appointments

Congratulations to our current students and recent graduates for the following job appointments:

Deb Almonte, Director of Culture and Climate Development

Abe Ammary, Principal
Litchfield Center School

Ryan Betts, Assistant Principal
Saugatuck Elementary, Stamford

Jenna Barrows, Principal
Woodstock Elementary School

Anthony Brooks, Assistant Principal
Bowers Elementary School, Manchester

Kelly Brouse, Principal
Bugbee Elementary School, West Hartford

Cynthia Callahan, Principal
Langford Elementary School, East Hartford

Lauren Catalano, Assistant Principal
Cider Mill School, Wilton

Nick Chanese, Principal
CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts

Rose Clack, Assistant Principal
ESOL & World Language Coordinator, New London High School

Patrick Cone, Dean of Students
Hartford Public Schools

Daniel Crispino, Principal
John Barry Elementary, Meriden

Caitlin Eckler, Principal
Union Elementary School, Farmington

Jaunice Edwards, Director
Bloomfield Public Schools

Lisa Fekete, Principal
Polk Elementary School, Watertown

Pari Gheti, Director of STEM
Manchester Public Schools

Kevin Geissler, Assistant Principal
Museum Academy at Wish, Hartford

Giana Gleeson, Director of State and Local Affairs
Teach for America

Eric Good, Principal
Lake Regions High School, Naples, Maine

William Green, Director
Depot Campus, Mansfield

Christina Guerra, Assistant Principal
Fox Run Elementary School, Norwalk

Kate Howard-Bender, Assistant Principal
CREC Public Safety Academy

Lisa Hunter, Pre-K STEAM Coordinator

Carl Johnson, Assistant Principal
Plainville High School

Tammy Kelly, Special Education Department Head
DAG Middle School and Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford, CT

Joe LaBarbera, Principal
Silver Lane School, East Hartford

Brooke Lafreniere, Principal,
Path Academy, Windham

Jeff Larson, Principal
Public Safety Academy, Enfield

Jennifer Lizee-Hammer, Curriculum Specialist

Amy Miller, English Department Chair
Farmington High School, Farmington

Jennifer Miller, Principal
Prudence Crandall School, Enfield

Ashley Molden, Assistant Principal
Suffield Middle School, Suffield

Kathleen Nardini, Literacy Specialist
Noah Wallace Elementary, Farmington

Laura Norbut, Assistant Principal
Smith Middle School, Glastonbury

Laura Parisi, Assistant Principal
Eastern Middle School, Greenwich

Melissa Ross, Director of Pupil Services
Vernon Public Schools

Jillian Sinquefield, Dean
Blackstone Valley Prep High School

Kenneasha Sloley, Principal
MD Fox, Hartford

Megan Thompson, Assistant Principal
Manchester High School-Bentley Alternative Academy

Katie Uriano, Principal
Hebron Elementary School

Nicole Vibert, K-12 Humanities Dept Chair
Regional #15 Public Schools

Wallace Foundation Names Neag School Part of $47M Principal Preparation Program Initiative

University of Connecticut Selected by New York-based Wallace Foundation to Participate in $47 Million Initiative to Improve How Aspiring Principals Are Trained and to Be Part of a National Effort to Share Lessons with the Broader Field

UConn to redesign program in collaboration with state and local school districts

The Wallace Foundation has selected the University of Connecticut to participate in a $47 million national initiative to develop models over the next four years for improving university principal preparation programs and to examine state policy to see if it could be strengthened to encourage higher-quality training statewide. An independent study will capture lessons from the participating universities and their partners, to be shared with policymakers and practitioners across the country….

Read the entire article HERE.

Program Faculty Awarded

Casey Cobb, Morgaen Donaldson, Kimberly LeChasseur, Rachael Gabriel, Richard Gonzales, and Sarah Woulfin received the 2015 AERA Division L Outstanding Policy Report Award.

Morgaen Donaldson received the 2015 AERA Division A Emerging Scholar Award.

Richard Gonzales served on the English Language Acquisition/Educational Equity Task Force convened by Speaker Sharkey to make recommendations to improve academic and social outcomes for the English Language Learner population in CT.