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UCCI Institutes

Connecting California teachers. Enriching high school education.
Mar 28 '13

#CTEchat lights up with ideas for creating business-education partnersips

Mar 21 '13
Mar 19 '13

exploratorium:

Working with scientist Raphael Kudela of U.C. Santa Cruz’s Earth and Sciences department, the Outdoor team has been investigating the seemingly simple question: What color is the Bay?

“The Color of Water” installation consists of 32 distinct color swatches suspended below the rail and above the water so that visitors can actively match the day’s water color and investigate the causes behind these daily shifts. The exhibit will encourage visitors to view the Bay with a more discerning eye, understanding that ever-changing Bay dynamics affect the Bay’s color day to day, sometimes moment by moment.

The Exploratorium reopens to the public at our new location at Pier 15 along San Francisco’s Embarcadero on April 17.

Photos by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

Mar 18 '13
Mar 12 '13

First look: Fall 2013 UCCI Institutes pairings are decided!

We can’t wait - we have to reveal the just-decided dates, location and topics of the Fall 2013 UCCI Institutes!

Are you a  California educator interested in developing high school curriculum in these areas?

  • Health Science and Medical Technology with English
  • Health Science and Medical Technology with math or lab science

Then you’ll want to remember these dates and location:
Nov. 7-10, 2013 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego

We are totally excited about the Fall 2013 pairings, which should make for strong courses that integrate Career Technical Education (CTE) with "a-g" academics.

(By the way, if you’re not familiar with UCCI’s integrated curriculum, here’s what to remember: Courses developed at the UCCI Institutes are destined for approval by the University of California - and this means they are absolutely college-prep and that they do count toward a student’s college-admission eligibility. Once they are approved you will find them on the UCCI program course list on the Doorways website, where all UC-approved courses can be found.)

So, here are the pairings and what they offer:

English with Health Science and Medical Technology:

  • grounds English study in a context, affording students the opportunity to develop the reading, writing and critical thinking skills relevant to health science careers
  • gives students the opportunity to explore careers in the ever-growing field of health science, while at the same time meeting the English subject requirement for college admission
  • ensures students interested in pursuing a career in health science are prepared for the intensive reading and writing demands of the field

Math or laboratory science with Health Science and Medical Technology:

  • gives students the opportunity to master the concepts of science and math  that are essential for success in the health science field
  • showcases how math and science are applied in actual health science careers
  • lets students explore careers in the ever-growing field of health science while fulfilling their math or science subject requirements for college admission

There are many benefits to teachers when they come to the Institutes. UCCI participants:

  • become part of a community devoted to applied learning through the integration of academic and career technical education (CTE) content
  • learn new approaches to teaching in their own content area
  • gain a better understanding of UC’s “a-g” approval process

In addition, UCCI Institutes participants earn 2.5 Continuing Education Units through the Education Department of UCLA Extension and receive a (modest) stipend.

Special note to districts and schools! Participants’ schools or districts are reimbursed up to $250 per teacher to help cover sub costs while that teacher attends the Institutes.

THE APPLICATION IS NOT OPEN YET - but look for it soon on the UCCI Institutes website!

-DM

Mar 7 '13
"Earning three or more CTE credits within a focused sequence of courses was second only to 9th grade students’ grade point average as the strongest variable affecting high school survival for boys."
Findings “stunning” in new study from National Research Center of Career and Technical Education, says professor.
Feb 22 '13
"The Breakthrough Prize draws attention to the fundamental misunderstanding of how scientific research is actually done. Science, perhaps more than any other intellectual pursuit, actively builds on the research and technical innovations — and the ideas — of others. Breakthroughs in scientific understanding are not made by individuals. Nearly all ‘breakthroughs’ are the result of scientific collaborations and research teams where each individual brings his or her specific expertise, experience and passion to focus on a particular aspect of a narrowly-defined challenge or problem. To single out individual scientists for special recognition is to overlook or ignore the dozens or even hundreds of talented individuals who also contributed to that breakthrough. The fact is that large collaborations are ‘the norm’ for the areas of science that this prize is aimed at."
Grrlscientist, writing in the The Guardian, about the problems she sees with the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
Jan 25 '13
Jan 24 '13
Photo Credit: Neal Edgeworth Photography.
Teachers: How fun would it be to task your students with making a 6-second video? Vine, an app that caps users’ videos at 6-seconds in length, “lends itself to sharing how-tos and time-lapse updates,” according to this article in The Washington Post. The article also notes that the app can be used “to share short animations as well.” I think there could be lots of interesting possibilities with using Vine inside of a larger classroom project. What do you think?

Photo Credit: Neal Edgeworth Photography.

Teachers: How fun would it be to task your students with making a 6-second video? Vine, an app that caps users’ videos at 6-seconds in length, “lends itself to sharing how-tos and time-lapse updates,” according to this article in The Washington Post. The article also notes that the app can be used “to share short animations as well.” I think there could be lots of interesting possibilities with using Vine inside of a larger classroom project. What do you think?

Jan 24 '13
"Poor students who don’t apply to selective schools … aren’t surrounded by a network of teachers and college counselors who know what advice to give a top-flight student. They’re not part of a legacy and tradition of high-performing students reaching for the best colleges. Instead, they tend to ‘come from districts too small to support selective public high schools, are not in a critical mass of fellow high achievers, and are unlikely to encounter a teacher or schoolmate from an older cohort who attended a selective college.’"
 - Derek Thompson, in his thought-provoking post at the Atlantic: “Why Smart Poor Students Don’t Apply to Selective Colleges (And How to Fix It).”