At the 2015 UConn ECE New Instructor Orientation, 191 newly certified instructors representing the largest cohort added to date were given the opportunity to meet each other, the UConn ECE staff and their faculty coordinators in day-long event on the Storrs campus. Participants were introduced to program policies and procedures, vast library resources, technology resources, and were able to network with each other. Instructors are invited back on campus annually for discipline-specific workshops. By reaching so many instructors annually, UConn ECE serves as one of the largest professional development organizations in the state of Connecticut.
UConn Vice Provost For Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Dr. Peter Diplock spoke at event about how UConn ECE is now one of the highest achieving concurrent enrollment programs in the nation. Speaking of the instructors, Dr. Diplock said, “I think probably the strongest asset we have is you, your willingness to get certified, and your willingness to partner with us, your commitment to teaching and learning, your commitment to education and most of all your commitment to your students.” Instructors must pass a rigorous certification process, akin to a job application, in order to be certified as adjunct faculty to teach UConn courses in the high school.
The community welcomed 18 new schools new partner high schools to the program. News schools include: A.I. Prince Technical High School, Academy of Aerospace and Engineering , E.C. Goodwin Technical High School , Easton Country Day School, Eli Whitney Technical High School, Ella T. Grasso Technical High School, Farmington High School , Franklin Academy, H.H. Ellis Technical High School, Henry Abbott Technical High School, High School Inc., J.M. Wright Technical High School, Miss Porter's School , Naugatuck High School, Quinebaug Middle College High School, Saint Thomas More School, The Grove School and Vinal Technical High School. That means UConn ECE now has certified instructors at 194 high schools.
Pictures of the event can be found on the UConn ECE Facebook page.
Video Of Vice Provost Peter Diplock can be found on ourYouTube page.