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

Spring 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.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE French Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE French Workshop

On Thursday, April 29th UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for French, Florence Marsal (Associate Professor in Residence) met with certified French Instructors for their annual professional development workshop. Instructors received a copy of L’art de perdre by Alice Zeniter and participated in a discussion about the novel.

After the book discussion, the group listened to parts of the music album “Pili pili sur un croissant au beurre”, by Gaël Faye. Which reference exile, nostalgia, and dual identity.

Prof, Marsal shared that both the novel and the music album can help us teach history (wars in Algeria and Rwanda, France’s military actions there) with a more personal and human approach, thanks to the young narrators. But these two resources can also start discussions with our students about childhood and youth, about family origins and one’s sense of identity, and about writing one’s own story to make sense of it.

 

 

After a short break the group reconvened to hear from Adrienne Eldredge, (French Adjunct Faculty, UConn) about “The Italianization of les passions in 17th-century France.” Adrienne Eldregde’s talk focused on emotions in Italian theater, through the lens of French and Italian philosophy, theater treatises, and plays.

At the end of the meeting UConn’s French 3250 and 3251 were discussed by Elisabeth Buzay, (Visiting Assistant Professor, UConn). Elisabeth Buzay spoke about the two recent culture and conversation courses she taught in a hybrid format: her 3251 syllabus focused on the “10 arts of the 21st century”, and the final project was to create a digital story. In her 3250 course, she implemented a crowd-sourced syllabus, and students created a final project in one of the following formats: a TV newscast, a radio show, or a podcast.

UConn French Courses offered through ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Animal Science Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Animal Science Workshop

On Wednesday, April 28th UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinators for Animal Science, Dr. Jenifer Nadeau and Dr. Amy Safran met with certified Animal Science Instructors for their annual professional development workshop. Drs. Safran and Nadeau went over guidelines for all ECE instructors including sample syllabi with course description and philosophy, required books, and grading policies. The group also discussed and shared helpful resources used in their classrooms. Later, Violet Jiménez Sims, Ed.D., Associate Director of Teacher Education (School-University Partnerships), UConn, met with instructors and spoke about “Including Diversity via Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching”.

UConn ECE Animal Science courses offered through ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Environmental Science Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Environmental Science Workshop

On Tuesday, April 27th  UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Natural Resources and the Environment, Dr. Morty Ortega met with certified NRE 1000E: Environmental Science Instructors for their annual professional development workshop. The meeting was focused on “Environmental Justice in Your Community” with a special presentation by Parker McMullen Bushman Director of Extension for the City and County of Denver from Colorado State University.

Later in the morning Dr. Ortega spoke with the certified Instructors about COVID -19 and Wildlife and later how the pandemic has affected the class environment.

UConn ECE Environmental Science courses offered through ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Medieval History (HIST 1300) Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Medieval History (HIST 1300) Workshop

On Thursday, April 22nd  UConn Early College Experience and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Medieval History, Prof. Sherri Olson met with certified HIST 1300 Instructors for their annual professional development workshop. Instructors were asked to read Carlo Ginzburg's, The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries (first published in Italian in 1966, first English translation 1983). The group had an interactive conversation about teaching during COVID-19 and later held a scholarly discussion about the text.

If you’re interested in looking at the text, it is available free of charge at archive.org (direct link: https://archive.org/details/nightbattleswitc00ginz/mode/2up). To read it you can create a free account which allows you to check it out for one hour or for 14 days.

UConn ECE History courses offered through ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Biology Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Biology Workshop

On Tuesday, April 6th, UConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Biology, Dr. Tom Abbott and colleagues Jean Laughman and Dr. Christopher Malinoski met with ECE Biology Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

The group met to discuss future curriculum directions and pedagogy in our classrooms. Later, Dr. Abbott showed Instructors how to use computational techniques in the 3D Modeling of Proteins, and its use in the addressing of complex health problems and its possible implementation in ECE Biology classrooms.

The figure below and its description were taken from a public protein database and can be visualized and analyzed using a computer-modeling program called PyMol.

“Spike glycoprotein, a class I fusion protein harboring the surface of SARS-CoV-2 (SARS-CoV-2S), plays a seminal role in the viral infection starting from recognition of the host cell surface receptor, attachment to the fusion of the viral envelope with the host cells”

The morning ended with a discussion on the merits of molecular modeling skill development and its implementation in our classrooms. Dr. Abbott and Dr. Malinoski also shared a scientific animation project with the instructors.

 

UConn Biology courses offered through Early College Experience.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Marine Sciences Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Marine Sciences Workshop

On Tuesday, March 30thUConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Marine Sciences, Claudia Koerting, met with ECE Marine Sciences Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

The group met to discuss the positives and negatives of teaching during COVID-19 and their shared ideas for projects at home and virtually. Later, the group discussed the book “Soul of an Octopus “, by Sy Montgomery which they received  in advance of the workshop day to discuss with UConn Faculty panel:

  • Jamie Kleinman, Assoc. Professor in Residence of Psychology at UConn Avery Point
  • Patti Brown, Adjunct Faculty at UConn Avery Point. Patti was a high school teacher at Fitch and has her master’s from UConn in oceanography and has experience teaching heartfulness/meditation
  • Karen Dobley Adjunct Professor at UConn Avery Point whose expertise is in animal behavior and ecology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UConn ECE Marine Science courses offered through ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Italian Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Italian Workshop

On Wednesday, March 24thUConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Italian and Assistant Professor in Residence Tina Chiappetta-Miller met with ECE Italian Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

The group met to discuss teaching during COVID-19 and their best strategies and resources. Later, Assistant Professor Camilla Zamboni from Wesleyan University shared her talk “Teaching Italian through Games: Practical Approaches for a Gameful Pedagogy” with the Instructors.

Each Instructor received a copy of the board game Dixit. The game is based on picture cards that the players use words and expressions in the target language (in this case Italian) to describe in a cooperative and story-building ways. Prof. Zamboni discussed how to adapt games like Dixit to the Italian classroom (as well as provide a few online options) and why games can work as great teaching tools.

 

UConn ECE Italian courses offered through ECE.

SPRING 2021 UCONN ECE ENGINEERING WORKSHOP

SPRING 2021 UCONN ECE ENGINEERING WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, March 10thUConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator from Engineering Prof. Ross Bagtzoglou met with ECE Engineering Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

Prof. Bagtzoglou invited Associate Professor in Residence Sarira Motaref to speak about the HuskyCT site and course resources and later Department Head & Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering Prof. Maria Chrysochoou and Research Assistant Connie Syharat shared their research “Neurodiverse Initiative Discussion: "Leveraging Neurodiversty for Engineering Innovation" with the group.

UConn Engineering courses offered through UConn ECE.

3-10-2021 UConn ECE American Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies and U.S. History Workshop

3-10-2021 UConn ECE American Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies and U.S. History Workshop

On Wednesday, March 10th  UConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for American Studies Laurie Wolfley, Faculty Coordinator for Latino and Latin American Studies Anne Gebelein, and Faculty Coordinator for U.S. History Matt McKenzie met with ECE American Studies, Latino and Latin American and U.S. History Instructors for a professional development conference.

Prof. Gebelein spoke about "Mass Deportation" and engaged in a Q&A session with the group afterwards. Later, certified UConn ECE Instructors Veda Harris (Waterbury Schools) offered resources for teachers teaching Latino studies and Kim Childress and Matt Hay (Hartford Schools) shared how they integrate Latino and African-American voices into their 11th grade US History class. After a short break, Instructors broke into groups to encourage listening across disciplines for collaborative potential.

UConn American StudiesU.S. HistoryLatino and Latin American Studies courses offered through UConn ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Allied Health Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Allied Health Workshop

On Wednesday, March 3rd , UConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator from Allied Health Sciences Prof. Bruce Blanchard met with ECE Allied Health Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

Prof. Blanchard discussed AH 1100, AH 2001 and AH 4092 courses with the Instructors and spoke to course content, the HuskyCT sites, assessments, and their challenges and concerns they’ve experienced teaching their courses remotely this year. Later in the afternoon, guest speaker Dean McKay, PhD, ABPP; Department of Psychology Professor; Fordham University spoke to the Instructors about "Unique Stressors in the Age of COVID: Five Major Dimensions and General Coping Strategies".

UConn Allied Health courses offered through UConn ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Spanish Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Spanish Workshop

On Friday, February 26thUConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinators from UConn’s Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department (Spanish), Guillermo B. Irizarry and Eduardo Urios-Aparisi met with ECE Spanish Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

Guest speaker Carlos Gardeazábal-Bravo from Colby College shared his presentation “Taller multimodal sobre derechos humanos latinoamericanos” (“Multimodal workshop on Latin American Human Rights”) with the group and answered their questions. His talk included the implementation of film and other practical applications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Dr. Gardeazábal-Bravo’s talk, ECE Faculty Coordinators Prof. Irizarry and Prof. Urios-Aparisi spoke with the ECE Spanish Instructors to discuss issues and resources of environmental issues and their course specific questions and concerns.

UConn Spanish courses offered through UConn ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE American Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies and U.S. History Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn ECE American Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies and U.S. History Workshop

 

On Wednesday, February 10th  UConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for American Studies Laurie Wolfley, Faculty Coordinator for Latino and Latin American Studies Anne Gebelein, and Faculty Coordinator for U.S. History Matt McKenzie met with ECE American Studies, Latino and Latin American and U.S. History Instructors for a professional development conference.

Guest speaker Dexter Gabriel shared his research about Juneteenth and the origins of Black History Month with the group. After his talk, he engaged in an interactive group discussion with Instructors. Dr. Gabriel is an

After a short break, the attendees broke into small groups to discuss their favorite lessons and ideas for envisioning new lessons revolving around African American and Latino History. Later the instructors spent time in a discipline specific breakout session with their faculty coordinator discussing their course specific questions.

 

UConn American Studies, U.S. History, Latino and Latin American Studies courses offered through UConn ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Maritime Studies Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn Early College Experience Maritime Studies Workshop

 

On Wednesday, January 13th UConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Maritime Studies Laurie Wolfley met with ECE Maritime Studies Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

Also in attendance were UConn faculty members, Mary K Bercaw Edwards, Syma Ebbin and Nathaniel Trumbull. ECE Instructors and UConn Faculty enjoyed a group enjoyed conversation about how they are teaching their courses in remote and hybrid settings.

Later, Mary K Bercaw Edwards and Craig Edwards shared an interdisciplinary workshop on “Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous” complete with live and prerecorded musical performances of period music played and sang by Craig on multiple instruments including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, accordion and banjo. After a short break, Syma Ebbin shared her talk “Climate Change: Impacts and Solutions” with the group and a short Q&A period occurred.

UConn Maritime Studies courses offered through UConn ECE.

Spring 2021 UConn ECE Chemistry Workshop

Spring 2021 UConn Early College Experience Chemistry Workshop

 

On Wednesday, January 6th  UConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Chemistry Dr. Fatma Selampinar met with ECE Chemistry Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

The group enjoyed a conversation about how they are teaching their UConn chemistry courses in remote and hybrid settings. Also discussed were questions about course content and final exams.

Later the group participated in an interactive presentation by Dr. Jessica Rogue Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut titled “Integrating lessons in Bionanotechnology Research with Lessons in Teaching.”

UConn Chemistry courses offered through UConn ECE.

Fall 2020 UConn ECE Math Workshop

Fall 2020 UConn Early College Experience Math Workshop

On Thursday, December 10th UConn Early College Experience and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Math, Assistant Professor in Residence, Anthony Rizzi met with ECE Math Instructors for their annual professional development workshop. Instructors received a copy of How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics by Eugenia Cheng.

The group met in both small breakout groups and as a whole group to discuss teaching during a pandemic, best practices for teaching Math 1030Q and 1131Q/1132Q and strategies for covering course materials. Later the group discussed Part 1 of How to Bake Pi and how it to relate the concepts to their students.

UConn Math courses offered through UConn ECE.