Fall 2013 Recap


Nov. 22, 2013

Eight UCCI Institutes course development teams worked intensively at the Fall 2013 UCCI Institutes to create the frameworks for new UC Curriculum Integration courses that blend math, science or English with the CTE industry sector Health Science and Medical Technology.

The Fall 2013 UCCI Institutes course developers’ concentration was remarkable, especially considering the sunny Mission Bay setting at the Bahia Resort Hotel. (There were even two rescued harbor seals to visit: Billy and Gracie, whose pool is located right on the hotel grounds.) The beach beckoned, yet still the teams pressed on.

This slideshow, which played during the Saturday night dinner celebrating the teams' hard work at the Institutes, captures the fun, intensity, and rewards associated with participating in the work of collaborative integrated course design:

The fall Institutes concluded Sunday, Nov. 10, with a presentation introducing these eight newly created courses:

  • Learning Patients: ELD English is a literacy-rich, multimedia, project-based ELD English course for ninth through 12th grade. Its culminating project is a student-centered health conference presented to medical field employees, community members, school staff, students and families.
  • Mental Health Matters: Building Awareness through Various Modes of Communication, a one-year, college-and-career preparatory English course for ninth-graders, integrates English with the Mental and Behavioral Health HSMT career pathway. Throughout the course, students conduct self-generated research related to each thematic unit, learning to effectively communicate information and ideas using industry-specific language, to analyze and justify personal perspectives regarding mental and behavioral health issues, and to use current media effectively to inform and persuade multiple audiences for different purposes."
  • Health and the Public: a Discourse on Ethics, Communication, Culture, Body Systems and Career Exploration is a second-year English course in which students engage with the ethical challenges faced by public health practitioners. The course examines the communication, cultural awareness, and knowledge necessary to navigate health science career pathways. Students in this course will develop competency in researching sources, using language in a professional setting, and communicating with healthcare professionals through digital media and technology.
  • The Dynamic Literacy of Patient Care, an 11th-grade English course, challenges students to delve deeper into the areas of communications, ethics, wellness, cultural diversity, preventative care and mental health in the field of patient care. Students will work toward a culminating project that includes research in careers and a portfolio encompassing technology, interview skills, and a resume.
  • Public Health: Reading and Writing Your Way to a Healthier World is a college-preparatory, 12th-grade English course in which students examine the importance of personal responsibility, societal expectations and leadership ability in the field of public and community health. This course takes a rigorous, project-based learning approach to helping students acquire the critical thinking and communication skills needed for further study and work within the field of public health.
  • The Biology of Personal, Community & Global Health lets students examine the scientific factors that affect the health and well-being of personal, community and global systems. In this course, students employ the scientific method to understand personal, familial, community and global health while mastering data collection and analysis. In addition to conducting research, students engage in ethical debates throughout the course to deepen their critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Chemistry of Health and Wellness is a yearlong course in which students engage in lab experiments designed to help them learn about the chemical properties and interactions that affect human health and wellness. All lab activities emphasize procedures and safety, inquiry-based lab protocols, methods for gathering and analyzing data, and mathematical applications. Students read and write in the discipline to research, document and communicate their findings and propose further research regarding health and wellness.

The courses produced at the Fall 2013 Institutes are currently being reviewed for “a-g” approval. Approved courses earn program status, which means any school in California can add a UCCI course to its UC course list without further review. You can view all UC-approved UCCI courses on our UCCI course catalog.

As always, the Institutes’ serious work was punctuated by the fun of photo-booth group portraits with wacky costumes, and fueled by copious amounts of snacks in the team rooms (just in case the energy from the Institutes' buffet meals wore off too soon).

And once again, there were returning course developers and facilitators as well as newcomers, providing many opportunities for building and strengthening a community of educators who can then share each other’s experience and expertise throughout their teaching careers.

We were sad to say goodbye to the new friends we made and colleagues we worked with, but we've tempered our sadness by looking forward to the Spring 2014 UCCI Institutes, which will be held April 10-13 in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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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