On Friday, December 16th, UConn Early College Experience and the Faculty from Anthropology invite all certified UConn ECE Anthropology Instructors to participate in the annual professional development conference.
Laura Buffi, Instructor, Quinebaug Middle College, UConn ECE Courses: Introduction to Human Rights, American Politics
I love being able to share these UConn courses with our high school students. It is a great opportunity and challenge for them and they really get so much out of the experience.
Dylan Gaffney, Alumni, New Fairfield High School ('17), Major: Political Science & History
I took an English ECE class under the title "Humanities" during my senior year of high school. It was an absolutely phenomenal experience that was foundational to my success in college. I learned how to tackle more sophisticated materials from a critical perspective that was not possible in my other college formats, which relied on standardized tests. Crucially, I had my first experiences writing real research papers that required diligent drafting in Humanities, and that basically gave me a method for how to succeed in writing papers at UConn. It was also just a lot of fun to have mature class discussions reminiscent of a small seminar, and we did very involved creative projects as well. The best part of the experience was that I was eased into these academic changes in a familiar environment, so once I got to college, I was able to hit the ground running.
Meredith Gendreau, Student, Berlin High School ('23), Intended Major: Nursing, Course taken: UConn ECE Biology
Being enrolled in a Uconn ECE course is an experience like no other; although it is challenging, it is extremely rewarding. I admire how during UConn ECE Biology, my peers and I have the opportunity to dig deep into our subject and analyze tedious, yet fascinating, skills that we wouldn't otherwise get to encounter. Getting a glimpse into the post-secondary education world while still in high school makes me feel ready and eager to continue similar explorations in a little over a year. My UConn ECE instructor is one who is immensely knowledgeable, passionate, and dedicated. By prompting us to work individually, in small groups, and as a whole class, he challenges us all to perform our best but is always ready to guide us when questions arise. I have nothing but positive things to say about my UConn ECE experience thus far!
Emily Borona, Student, Ansonia High School ('22), Intended Major: Undecided, Courses taken: UConn ECE Biology, UConn ART 1030
This class has provided numerous detail-oriented projects that have improved my ability to draw from real life. As the year has progressed, I've noticed an immense growth in my drawing skills and have seen progress throughout my projects. This class is very well rounded and provides opportunities to work with multiple different mediums in order to improve one’s skills in all areas of art. Each class is relaxing and our teacher provides helpful and honest criticism. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in improving their art skills.
Devin Collins, Student, Berlin High School ('22), Intended Major in Biology, Courses taken: UConn ECE Biology, UConn ECE Language, UConn ECE Literature
My experience taking UConn ECE courses was a truly enlightening one that I feel has better prepared me for all of my future endeavors. By committing to this program it forced me to develop crucial skills that I will take with me into my future. Skills such as time management, diligence, determination, and commitment have all been further enforced in me through taking various UConn ECE courses. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to get a glimpse into the rigor of college courses and I think that if I had not taken these UConn classes I would not be nearly as prepared as I am today!
Gina Gallo, Instructor, Bristol Central High School, Courses: Italian ILCS 3239/ SPRING: ILCS 3240
Teaching ECE Italian is a privilege, an amazing learning experience and a passion project all in one! The curriculum allow us to dive into art, music, literature, film and more. The varied units give the class a foundation to discuss current events as well as classical studies. These courses are designed to move our students up the proficiency scale and best prepare them for language use outside of the classroom. We have a great number of student who continue studying Italian after graduation!
I love being an ECE Biology Instructor! My students have gone on to take 200 level Biology courses at UConn and other colleges and universities and have excelled. Every year, I have former students tell me they were well prepared for college. I have even had students who decide years after graduating college to go into the medical profession, for example, and are able to dust off their UConn ECE transcript and use their Biology courses to complete prerequisites for nursing, etc. It is awesome to be able to provide rigorous college-level courses for my students.