A first: the UCCI Exchange

July 24, 2013

What do you do after you’ve found a UCCI course you want to teach at your school? Make it your own, naturally! UCCI has designed the UCCI Exchange to provide a place where teachers can collaborate on the lesson plans and resources that will help them take the course from the page to the classroom. Our inaugural Exchange was held July 18-19 at McClymonds HIgh School in Oakland.

At this first UCCI Exchange, teachers worked on DaVinci Algebra, which blends required college-prep math with the Arts, Media, & Entertainment CTE industry sector’s Media and Design Arts career pathway, and Green Up and Go! Clean Energy-neering, which is a dynamic combination of lab science (physics) with the Engineering Technology career pathway of the Engineering and Design CTE industry sector.

Our first Exchange brought together educators from schools districts (Sacramento CIty, Anderson Valley, Oakland, Petaluma and San Francisco Unified), and Valley Charter High School. They were supported by representatives from the California Career Academy Support Network, ConnectEd, Education Trust-West and UC Berkeley, who offered feedback,  ideas and space to develop curriculum covering both the “a-g” and CTE elements of the UCCI courses. The day kicked off with an exercise in collaborating on projects - by building wind turbines:

Our program manager, Sarah Fidelibus, and projects coordinator, Katie Leslie, head down to Riverside later this week for the second Exchange. And more will be planned!

As with this first session, each Exchange will focus on specific UCCI courses, and we invite teachers who already teach them to join us and share their projects, instructional strategies, assessments and more. Experienced UCCI teachers can offer invaluable insights from their experience, and they can help others tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of their students.

The curriculum that teachers develop at the Exchanges, and the resources shared there, will be made available in the near future - stay tuned for announcements about this new offering here and in our newsletter.

If you'd like to attend a future event (they’re free!) or just want more information, please fill out our UCCI Exchange interest form, and we will follow up with you soon! And don't forget to subscribe to UCCI updates on the UCCI Exchange page.

We would like to thank Donna Wyatt of the Oakland Unified School District for arranging for us to be at McClymonds High for our first Exchange, and to Pier Sun Ho and Kentaro Iwasaki of ConnectEd for lending their expertise to the program!

“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