Miguel Cardona at podium.
Alumnus Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Education, speaks in Delaware in December 2020. (AP: Carolyn Kaster)

Ed.D. Graduate Miguel Cardona Named 1st UConn Grad to Serve as U.S. Education Secretary

President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, Neag School alumnus and Connecticut’s Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona ’01 MA, ’04 6th Year, ’11 Ed.D., ’12 ELP, was officially confirmed on March 1, 2021, by the U.S. Senate. Cardona was sworn in on March 2, 2021, by Vice President Kamala Harris as the country’s top education official. He is the first UConn graduate in history to hold this position in the White House Cabinet, and the second* UConn alum to hold a Cabinet-level position. Read more.

#ThisIsAmerica Panel Features Critical Race Theory Discussion

UConn alumni, staff, and students gathered virtually in October for the #ThisIsAmerica: Critical Race Theory in Schools panel, which featured Ed.D. faculty Alexandra Freidus and Saran Stewart, as well as alum Paul Freeman ’07 ELP, ’09 Ed.D., superintendent of Guilford (Conn.) Public Schools and Neag School adjunct professor. Read more and access a recording of the event.

Free Academy Coaches School Leaders in Supporting Well-Being

This summer, the Center for Education Policy Analysis, Research, and Evaluation (CEPARE) at UConn’s Neag School of Education convened more than 50 principals, assistant principals, educators, and school district leaders from across the state of Connecticut to coach them on fostering social, emotional, and behavioral well-being and safe school environments. Among those who designed the Academy in collaboration with CEPARE and the Collaboratory on School Child Health was Vernon superintendent and Ed.D. alumnus Joseph Macary ’94 (ED), ’08 ELP, ’16 Ed.D. Read more about the Academy.