Looking forward to the spring 2014 Institutes!
March 10, 2014
The Spring 2014 UCCI Institutes are a month away, and we have 41 talented, motivated educators who will participate! The Institutes will meet April 10-13 at the Hyatt SFO in San Francisco, and over these intensive four days, course developers will work in teams to develop new UCCI courses for the state's high schools.
Each of the new courses will integrate the content of one academic subject with that of one career technical education (CTE) industry sector, with topic pairings predetermined. For Spring 2014, the new courses will pair English or math with Information and Communications Technologies, or pair math or lab science with Engineering and Architecture. UCCI courses are designed for UC approval in the “a-g” subjects; when approved, they will be available for any California high school to teach.
The UCCI Institutes are the prime example of the UCCI program's guiding principle: Teachers are the experts. We believe that integrated courses are best designed by academic and CTE teachers working together. It's the teachers who have the deep knowledge of their subject and how to teach it — the UCCI team simply gives them the time, the place, and the facilitator support to make the work time as productive as possible.
A further benefit of the Institutes is that afterward, the teachers who participate have shared information, instructional approaches and insights with one another--and they take all of that back to their individual classrooms.
We have some participants for Spring 2014 who have been with us before and who applied again because they see the value of curriculum integration. As one applicant for Spring 2014 wrote:
“Whether it is geometry, algebra, or even statistics, students who are developing engineered products for the future no longer see mathematics as a rote activity, but rather, as means to help them achieve their long-term goals and develop products that shape the future.”
Another applicant wrote:
“The importance of integrating English with Information and Communication Technologies is two-fold. First, as our world becomes increasingly dependent on the seamless flow of information, a student's ability to communicate clearly and effectively becomes critical. I have seen too many tech-oriented students who discount the importance of such communication, and a course that integrates these two areas could demonstrate to such students the critical value of both written and oral communication skills. In an integrated course such as this, not only would students be working toward mastery of the English language arts, they would also be applying these skills in real-world I.T. scenarios that this class could provide.”
Working with creative, thoughtful high school educators like these is one of the chief privileges we enjoy as members of the UC Curriculum Integration team, and it's a major reason we're looking forward with such excitement to the Spring 2014 Institutes!