Spring 2013

We can hardly wait for the spring 2013 Institutes!

April 4, 2013

The Spring 2013 UCCI Institutes are taking shape, and we are excited about the educators who will be collaborating in San Francisco on innovative new high school courses.

This will be a strong cohort. Our Institute integrating English or History/Social Science with Arts, Media and Entertainment will welcome 30 course developer participants, and our Institute integrating Language other than English with Health Science and Medical Technology will welcome 20 participants.

We were so thrilled with the applications that we can’t resist sharing a glimpse into some of the thoughtful responses they provided to the application questions. These top applicants' ideas revealed their deep understanding of why integrating curriculum is important, and how they would approach this work at the Institutes. For example:

On why they would like to participate:

"Writing and developing effective curriculum has become one of my main focuses as a classroom teacher. I am very much interested in helping students see the connections between what they learn in the classroom and the 'real world.'"

"As a second year teacher, I continue to grow and expand my knowledge of not only the teaching profession, but of my subject matter as well.  The more exposure to my subject I have, the more pathways and connections into cross-curricular components I see.  As a teacher in a CPA program, it is these cross-curricular components that I see as being so beneficial for my students."

On integrating Language other than English (LOTE) with Health Science:

"Those students who have experienced hospital events with family members who did not speak English will already understand why the language barrier is problematic for both patients and healthcare providers.  For those students who are learning secondary languages, an integrated course would compel them to acknowledge what they have not experienced for themselves, thereby reinforcing the importance for them to continue their language studies."

 On integrating History/Social Science with Arts, Media and Entertainment:

“I feel that one of the most important areas of learning is experiential and inductive. … Integrating History and AME provides the opportunity to take learning beyond simply restating information and moved it into an active, project based experience.  And in order to succeed in AME careers, many professionals need to be willing and able to delve into historical research, gain knowledge of cultural influences and be a lifelong learner.”

We can hardly wait to work with all of the participants, as we know we'll be seeing some dynamic teams creating dynamite courses!

(Interested in finding out more about what we’re doing or what’s caught our attention in the world of education recently? Check out the UCCI Institutes blog.)

 - DM

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“I've gained more from this institute in regards to curriculum development than any other program I've been associated with in my 12 years of teaching.” 

- Aaron Lemos, Spring 2013 UCCI Institutes