August 1, 2016

We're very excited to announce lots of new changes and updates at UCCI! 

New UCCI Course Resources Development Grant!

We're very excited to announce our brand new UCCI Course Resources Development Grant, which will allow selected applicants to receive up to $5,000 for developing a robust set of instructional materials for at least one UCCI course. Exact award amounts will be determined based on the scope of work described in each individual or team's Grant Application.

Grant Deliverables:

  • A comprehensive pacing guide for each of the UCCI course(s) you select.
  • A robust set of curriculum materials (rubrics, lesson plans, assignment sheets, etc.) that would support future educators in successfully implementing the chosen UCCI course(s).

To apply, please complete the Grant Application.
If you have questions about the UCCI Course Resources Development Grant, please send an email to ucci@ucop.edu with "Course Resources Development Grant" in the subject line, or call 510-287-3349. UCCI will answer questions about the grant up until Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. After that point, all questions and answers will be publicly available on our website: http://ucci.ucop.edu.

Eight UCCI courses now designated as "honors," with more on the way!

We're excited to announce that eight of our courses now qualify for honors status with UC, and more of our catalog will soon be joining those eight! You can view the current list of courses receiving the "honors bump" now and come back to the list throughout the week, as we'll be adding other courses to that list as they get approved through UC's "a-g" review process.

Changes On the Way to UCCI Course Adoption Process

Individuals seeking to add UCCI courses to their "a-g" course lists during UC's 2016-17 update cycle will experience a change from previous years: They will be prompted by UC's Course Management Portal to obtain a code from UCCI staff in order to proceed in successfully adding the course. This code will be obtained through the process of filling out UCCI's Course Adoption Form

This change to our course adoption process is part of our ongoing efforts to build a thriving and engaged network of educators who are currently teaching UCCI courses. We agree with Dr. Marcie Grill, featured in this month's Teacher Spotlight, that the best resource for teachers is...other teachers! That's why in the past year, we have put a tremendous amount of focus on doing what we can to connect teachers of UCCI courses to one another. Through our UCCI Teacher Exchange Program and our growing UCCI Course Teacher Directory, we're making progress in building a community of educators working on integrated curriculum. But our biggest challenge in building that network has come in the form of not having a formalized mechanism by which we can establish a relationship with schools offering our courses. The Course Adoption Form helps us establish that relationship, and will provide us with valuable information in how to best shape and expand our programs and resources to best serve teachers and their students.

You are welcome to preview the Course Adoption Form. And if you are already offering UCCI courses or teaching one yourself, we encourage you to complete (or circulate among your faculty) our UCCI Course Teacher Survey. The information teachers provide in the survey helps us grow our directory of teachers willing to serve as resources for one another, and gives UCCI staff important insight into the kinds of resources and support teachers need before and during the process of teaching a UCCI course.

If you have questions about the changing adoption process for UCCI courses, please don't hesitate to get in touch via email (ucci@ucop.edu) or by phone (510-287-3349).

“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