Author: Stefanie Malinoski

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Math Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Math Workshop

On Monday, December 20th , UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Math, Dr. Anthony Rizzie met with certified Math Instructors for their annual professional development conference. Dr. Rizzie spoke with the group about their courses, schedules, expectations and other updates.

Later in the morning, the Instructors broke into groups to discuss best practices and teaching strategies for 1030Q and 1131Q/1132Q. After discussing the courses, the group transitioned to discussing the text Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World by Matt Parker which was provided to all Instructors in advance of the workshop.

 

UConn Math courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Spanish Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Spanish Workshop

On December 17th UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Spanish,  Prof. Ana María Díaz-Marcos hosted the ECE Spanish workshop that was dedicated to the memory of Prof. Laurietz Seda who coordinated ECE-Spanish for many years. This year´s the event was entitled "Digital Humanities in Spanish" and forty teachers from across Connecticut participated in the workshop.

Two outstanding scholars were invited to attend and present their work and lead the discussion. Prof. Tina Escaja, Distinguished Professor of Spanish and director of Gender, Sexuality and Women´s Studies at the University of Vermont presented "From bar codes to new technologies for resisting and learning in pandemic times".  Prof. Escaja introduced her creative work on digital poetry and her robopoems. Spanish ECE instructors discussed the possibilities of bringing to the Spanish ECE classroom projects that fall in the intersection of humanities, technology and art. After the break, Prof. Montseu Feu from Sam Houston State University in Texas discussed her latest digital project “Fighting Fascist Spain: Spanish-American press against European fascism.” The conversation evolved around student participation in digital research and recovery projects and possibilities of collaboration in digital publications. There was also a lively discussion on using graphic humor as a tool for learning about historical political activism in the field of Hispanic Studies.

UConn Spanish courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Physics Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Physics Workshop

On Tuesday, December 7th, UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Physics, Dave Perry met with certified Physics Instructors for their annual professional development conference. Dr. Perry spoke with the group about their courses and exam formats.

Later in the morning, Kevin Segar, EastConn’s Community Arts Connection After School Program Coordinator spoke to the group hands on activities for common-core science project and how physics can be incorporated to such activities.  The main project Kevin spoke about is brush pile microhabitats and Dr. Perry spoke about how physics students can incorporated in such projects.

UConn Physics courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE HDFS Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE HDFS Workshop

On Tuesday, December 7th, UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Human Development and Family Sciences, Dr. Shannon Weaver and Minjung Choi, M.S., Graduate Assistant, HDFS ECE Program met with certified HDFS instructors for their annual professional development workshop.

The group shared news and updates and past year successes. Later they discussed textbooks and desired resources.  After a short break the group heard from members of the HDFS department who shared their research:                                                                     

Intergenerational Transmission of Risk Behaviors Between Fathers and Adolescents

Kari Adamsons, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Sciences, UConn            

 

Spill Over Between Family Members During COVID-19: Family Conflict and 

Parent’s Stress Predicting Children’s Emotion Regulation Outcomes

Abagail Horton, Human Development & Family Sciences, UConn

 

Longitudinal Impacts of COVID-19 on Parents: Mental Health, Coping, and 

Posttraumatic Stress      

Beth Russell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Sciences, UConn 

 

After a lunch break the group reconvened to meet in breakout sessions discussing how to incorporate research into course topics and a second session on “Inclusive for All: Ideas and Challenges”.

 

UConn HDFS courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Sociology Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE SociologyWorkshop

On Tuesday, November 30th  UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Sociology, Prof. Mary Bernstein met with certified Sociology Instructors for their annual professional development conference. Prof. Bernstein spoke with the group about their courses and how the semester has been going.

Later in the morning, UConn ECE Library Liaison Shelia Lafferty spoke to the group about the library resources available to ECE instructors and their students. Instructors also received a copy of “The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives” by Jen Schradie prior to the meeting and discussed the book as a group at the end of the morning.

UConn Sociology courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Music Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Music Workshop

On Friday, November 19th UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Music Megan Lyons met with certified Music Instructors for their annual professional development conference. The Instructors checked in and introduced themselves to Megan and spoke about the courses they teach in their high schools. The group also spoke about modernizing music curricula and provided examples citing diversity initiatives and current events.

The Keynote presentation “Building Towards Culturally Responsive and Just Futures in the Music Classroom” was given by Karen Cueva who discussed culturally responsive and engaging teaching techniques in music.

Karen Cueva is a Peruvian-American violinist, educator, and arts administrator, who believes in the power of creative youth development as a vital part of social infrastructure and cultural production. Karen is currently the Assistant Director for Learning and Engagement Programs at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. There, she oversees professional development for music educators working with youth across the country, both in schools and community music programs. She is also a Knowledge and Strategy Associate for The Lewis Prize for Music, a foundation that partners with leaders who create positive change by investing in young people through music. Karen has earned degrees from The Juilliard School and Harvard University.

UConn Music courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Anthropology Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Anthropology Workshop

On Friday, November 12th UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Anthropology Associate Professor, Alexia Smith met with certified Anthropology Instructors for their annual professional development conference. Dr. Smith was joined by UConn Assistant Professor, Eleanor Ouimet also from the Anthropology Department to discuss project based learning in anthropology and teaching anthropology today.

UConn Anthropology courses offered through ECE.

 

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Library Media Specialists Training

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Library Media Specialists Training

On Wednesday, November 10thUConn Early College Experience and colleagues from UConn’s Babbidge Library met with ECE Library Media Specialists from our partner high schools for their fall professional development training.

The morning included the following short presentations:

  • Computer Services (NetID, Software, UConn Anyware) - ITS Staff
  • Borrowing and Library Cards- Kim Wilk
  • Interlibrary Services – Terry Palacios
  • Navigating the Library website: What’s New – Sheila Lafferty
  • New Electronic Library Resources @ UConn – Michael Rodriguez

After a short break, librarians selected breakout sessions directed to their interests. They included:

  • Real News Resources with Steve Batt

Profile: https://lib.uconn.edu/about/directory/steve-batt/

  • Open Education Resources (OER)with Zach Claybaugh

Profile: https://lib.uconn.edu/about/directory/zach-claybaugh/

  • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusivity Resources with Kelsey Brown

Profile: https://lib.uconn.edu/about/directory/kelsey-brown/

  • Using Citation Management Toolswith Hilary Kraus

Profile: https://lib.uconn.edu/about/directory/hilary-kraus/

 

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Chemistry Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Chemistry Workshop

On Thursday, November 4th UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Chemistry, Associate Professor in Residence Dr. Fatma Selampinar met with certified Chemistry Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

The keynote speaker was Assistant Professor Dr. Kerry Gilmore, UConn, Department of Chemistry who shared his presentation “Green Chemistry – Making Medicines and Chemistry in the Classroom”. Part of the abstract for his talk is below:

“ A longstanding goal in chemistry is the replication and improvement of natural processes for the synthesis of molecules. One of the most efficient processes in the natural world is the conversion of light into chemical energy. While photochemistry has been an active area of research over the past 100 years, it has only been in the last 15 years or so that we have seen an explosion in the capabilities and applications of photochemistry. This is in part due to the introduction of continuous flow technology, allowing chemistry to be performed in processes more akin to assembly lines than the big buckets currently used.

In this seminar, we will talk about this more green and efficient means of production and it’s facilitating impact on photochemistry. We will then showcase the power of this approach for the generation and use of singlet oxygen and discuss how chemistries can be performed in the classroom, and open up the discussion for collaborative work in this area in the development of new processes, screening natural catalysts, and bringing advanced chemical processes to your classrooms.”

 

Later in the morning, Dr. Selampinar spoke to the instructors about their UConn courses and provided updates about the program.

UConn Chemistry courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Chinese Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Chinese Workshop

On Friday, October 29th UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Chinese Dr. George Yang met with certified Chinese Instructors for their annual professional development conference. Dr. Yang spoke to the group about assessments, the connection between high school and college courses, and other issues.

Later in the morning, Prof. Cecilia Chang, Williams College shared her talk with the group “From Instruction to Assessment: Best Practices in Enhancing Test Performance for Free Response Questions of the AP Chinese Exam” and instructors discussed how these best practices can be applied to their UConn Chinese courses.

UConn Chinese courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Economics Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Economics Workshop

On Wednesday, October 27th  UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Economics Dr. Natalia Smirnova met with certified Economics Instructors for their annual professional development conference. Dr. Smirnova spoke to the group about ECE Accreditation Requirements “What you need to know about course comparability: syllabus, assessment, and grading”. Later Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Senior Economic Education Specialist from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis spoke to the group about “Highlighting Diversity and Inclusion with FRED® Data”.

After a short break, the group reconvened to hear from Scott A. Wolla, Economic Education Coordinator at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis share his talk “Monetary Policy Has Changed. Has Your Instruction?”.  Finally the group heard from UConn’s Sheila A. Lafferty, Information Literacy & Social Sciences Librarian who shared information with the instructors about UConn’s Library Resources.

For more information about the day see Dr. Smirnova's blog.

UConn Economics courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE English Conference

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Marine Sciences Workshop

On Friday, October 22nd,  UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for English Associate Prof. Scott Campbell met with certified English Instructors for their professional development conference. The theme for the conference was "Teaching for Joy and Justice".

UConn English courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE SPSS Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Marine Sciences Workshop

On Friday, October 22nd,  UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems (SPSS), Dr. Julia Kuzovkina met with certified SPSS Instructors for their professional development workshop.

Prof. Morty Ortega  (also UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Environmental Science) shared a presentation with the group "Generation Z, who are they? How we can work with them?" and letter led a discussion with the instructions on teaching agricultural sciences to Generation Z.

UConn SPSS courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Marine Sciences Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Marine Sciences Workshop

On Wednesday, October 20th UConn Early College Experience, UConn’s Marine Sciences Department and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Marine Sciences, Claudia Koerting met with certified MARN Instructors for their professional development workshop.

The group had a discussion on syllabi and course comparability in these COVID educational times focusing on assessments and grading. Later they discussed Sea Grant Updates and Dept. of Marine Sciences faculty met with the group to discuss proposals for working with the high schools. To end the day, Instructors shared additional resources, ideas, new instructional formats, and types of demonstrations--especially ones they have had success with these past 18 months.

 

UConn Marine Sciences courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Political Science Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Political Science Workshop

On Friday, October 15th UConn Early College Experience, UConn’s Political Science Department and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator Political Science Dr. Fred Turner met with certified Instructors for their professional development workshop. Jamelle Bouie was the keynote speaker. Mr. Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. There was also a panel discussion “Teaching Politics in Deeply Divided Times “ hosted by Department Head for Political Science, Prof. David Yalof, and Profs. Shareen Hertel, Jeremy Pressman, Brendan Kane.

 

L-R: UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Political Science Dr. Fred Turner, ECE instructors Claude Morest, Michelle Pusser, Katie Boland, Keynote Speaker, Jamelle Bouie, and ECE Instructors Christopher Todd and Jonathan McGlynn.

UConn Political Science courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE European History (HIST 1400) Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE HIST 1400 Workshop

On Wednesday, October 13th   UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for European History (HIST 1400), Prof. Ken Gouwens met with certified Instructors for their professional development workshop. Dr. Gary Kates (H. Russell Smith Foundation Professor of History, Pomona College) shared his talk on “What Book History Teaches US about the 18th Century European Enlightenment”.

Later, Jennifer Dufault (Guilford High School & Dr. Brendan Kane will lead discussion of how to teach an assignment on “Displacement in 1600s Ireland”.

 

UConn History courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Philosophy Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Philosophy Workshop

On Friday, October 1st  UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Philosophy, Prof. Mitch Green met with certified Instructors for their professional development workshop. Michael McKenna (U. of Arizona) gave a philosophical presentation on free will.

The day also included a collective discussion regarding Issues, Problems, and Challenges of the past (2020–21) and new Academic Years, FERPA and Dual Enrollment, and Grading Standardization.

UConn Philosophy courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE American Studies, Maritime Studies and U.S. History Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE American Studies, Maritime Studies and U.S. History Workshop

On Tuesday, September 14th   UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinators for U.S. History, American Studies and Maritime Studies met with certified Instructors for their professional development workshop. The theme of this year’s workshop was “Integrating Asian American Perspectives into the Teaching of History, AMST and MAST: Methods to Lesson Plans to Assessments”.

Dr. Jason Chang gave the keynote presentation: “A Transdisciplinary Voyage into The History of Racial Indenture in the 19th Century Coolie Trade”. After the keynote and a short break, the group reconvened to discuss their favorite assignments and assessments and for discipline specific conversations with the ECE Faculty Coordinator for U.S. History, Dr. Matthew McKenzie and ECE Faculty Coordinator for American Studies and Maritime Studies, Laurie Wolfley.

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Fall 2021 Workshop Update

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Workshop Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all UConn ECE professional development workshops will remain virtual for the Fall 2021 semester. Workshop dates will be posted on the "Dates to Remember" section of the ECE website and as always shared with each discipline specific group via the listserv. We hope to reconvene in-person professional development workshops during the Spring 2022 semester.

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Spring 2021 UConn ECE Human Rights Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Human Rights Workshop

On Wednesday, June 2nd UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Human Rights, Dr. Glenn Mitoma met with certified Human Rights Instructors for their professional development workshop.

The theme for the event was: “A year to remember, not to forget – The Three Pandemics: COVID, Racism, and Denial”.  The morning began with a discussion about how COVID has impacted their teaching over the last year.  After a short break the group reconvened to collaborate in a group discussion with Dr. Mitoma about “Dealing with Denial– Historic and Current trends: Responding to claims of cancel culture, Holocaust Deniers, Armenian Genocide, and other conspiracies in the classroom.

UConn Human Rights courses offered through Early College Experience.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Music Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Music Workshop

On Tuesday, May 25th  UConn Early College Experience and Faculty from UConn's Music Department, Blake Taylor, Dr. Eric Rice and Dr. Daniel Goldberg  met with certified Music Instructors for their annual professional development workshop.

The group started the day with a round table discussion about teaching ear training during the pandemic. Topics discussed included how the courses ran at UConn, how the courses ran in the high schools and what new resources were used due to the remote nature of the courses this year. Later in the morning, Prof. Daniel Goldberg, UConn Assistant Professor in Residence shared a presentation and discussed ear training and how to help struggling students in the course move forward.

UConn Music courses offered through Early College Experience.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Statistics Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Statistics Workshop

On Wednesday May 19th  UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Statistics, Professor Nalini Ravishanker met with certified Statistics Instructors for their professional development workshop.

Kathy Ensor, President-elect of the American Statistical Association gave the keynote presentation. She discussed news from ASA and efforts in support of Houston’s Management of the Pandemic. The group also discussed the 2020 census.

After a short break, there were presentations by UConn ECE Statistics Instructors, Nicole Cowles (Nonnewaug High School), Boyd Johnson (Lyman Hall High School), and Kelsey Kapalczynski(Wethersfield High School) about using Desmos and Pear Deck and an open discussion. Later Prof. Ravishanker shared two interesting data samples before concluding the workshop.

 

UConn Statistics courses offered through Early College Experience.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Art Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Art Workshop

On Wednesday May 19th UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Art, Department Head, ad interim and Professor of Illustration Cora Lynn Deibler met with certified Art Instructors for their professional development workshop.

The group started the day with a round table discussion about teaching studio art during the pandemic—trials, tribulations and best practices.  Later UConn ECE Instructor’s shared student work with each other and discussed grading strategies.  After a short break the instructors spoke about teaching and being an artist—how to balance two full time professions and not go crazy!

UConn Art courses offered through Early College Experience.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE HDFS Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE HDFS Workshop

On Tuesday, May 11th  UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Human Development and Family Sciences, Associate Professor Shannon Weaver met with certified HDFS  Instructors for their spring professional development workshop.

The group started with a celebration of past year successes and later broke into small groups to review and discuss course objectives and course topic additions. Later in the day Dr. Weaver gave the keynote presentation:

“"Revisiting the Theories Used to Structure the Course: Systems Theories"

Shannon E Weaver, Ph.D., Faculty Coordinator, HDFS 1070 ECE Program, UConn Associate Professor, Dept of Human Development & Family Sciences, UConn

 

To end the day there was a final breakout session where textbooks. desired resources and the future of fieldwork was discussed.

 

UConn HDFS courses offered through Early College Experience.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Classics Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Classics Workshop

On Tuesday, May 5th UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Classics, Sara Johnson (Associate Professor, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies) met with certified Classics Instructors for their annual professional development workshop.

Instructors received an electronic copy of "Ethnicity in the Ancient World – Did it matter" by Erich S. Gruen.

The group divided up the text to provide brief summaries of each chapter and share questions and their thoughts.  Chapter topics are listed below:

  • Were Barbarians Barbaric?
  • Herodotus and Greekness
  • The Racial Judgments of Polybius
  • Rome’s Multiple Identities and Tangled Perspectives
  • Constructed Ethnicities in Republican Italy
  • The Chosen People and Mixed Marriages
  • Did Hellenistic Jews Consider Themselves a Race or a Religion?
  • Philo and Jewish Ethnicity
  • The Ethnic Vocabulary of Josephus
  • The Racial Reflections of Paul
  • Christians as a “Third Race”

UConn Classics courses offered through Early College Experience.