UConn ECE Magazine

By the Numbers

Registration numbers: 17,236 students are enrolled in UConn courses at their high schools through UConn Early College Experience. Check out the schools with the highest number of student enrolled in UConn courses, highest percentage enrollment increase from last year, and the larges percentage of high school students taking UConn courses


UConn ECE Instructors are a True Insirations

We asked our Instructors how they spent their summer. From road trips to family reico unions and museum lectures to specialized training, UConn ECE Instructors did it all. From the U.S. in Ohio to Alaska to Maine to Pueto Rico to Italy to France to Spain to Japan and beyond!


UConn ECE Alumni

What are they saying and what are they doing now? See what UConn ECE students from the class of 2019 are up to 4 years later. Cassandra DiPierro (Fairfield Warde High School), Amara McNeil (Classical Magnet School) , Karissa Touma (Wolcott High School), Morgan Nace (Daniel Hand High School), Keegan Eveland (Middletown High School), and Jonas Goemans (E.O. Smith High School)


Italian Immersion Day & Quiz Bowl

On November 2, 2023, we welcomed about 75 students to the UConn Storrs Campus for the UConn ECE Italian Immersion Day & Quiz Bowl. Tina Chiappetta-Miller, UConn ECE Italian Faculty Coordinator, coordinated the event and was the Master of Ceremonies for the day...


French Immersion Day & Quiz Bowl

Coordinated and hosted by Dr. Florence Marsal, UConn ECE French Faculty Coordinator, the day was set up in a very similar manner to the Italian event. The French Immersion Day & Quiz Bowl is the longest running UConn ECE student language event, dating back to 2001...


UConn ECE Cardboard Boat Race

Amidst a very wet fall season, and a rain delay from our original scheduled date of Friday, September 29th, we were able to host our UConn ECE Cardboard Boat Race at the Avery Point Campus on Friday, October 6th. With over 300 students in attendance, we kicked off the academic year with one of our largest annual student events!


Fall 2023 Professional Development Workshops

This fall in Early College Experience we’ve hosted eighteen professional development workshops for groups of Early College Experience Instructors who offer UConn courses in English, Sustainable Plant and Soil Science, American Studies, Environmental Science...


2023 Teacher of the Year

Check out the UConn ECE Instructors who were selected as their district’s teacher of the year, from Coventry, Glastonbury, New Britain, Plainville, Portland, Somers, Hartford and Suffield School districts.


News to Know

Chris Todd attends NACEP Leadership Academy, UConn ECE at NACEP National Conference, College Credit Self-Tracker helps students keep track of their college credits, Volume I of the Concurrent Enrollment Review released, featuring a case study on UConn Early College Experience.


UConn ECE Magazine, Director's Thoughts

On behalf of the UConn Early College Experience (ECE) team, welcome to the winter edition of the UConn ECE Magazine. This season’s theme, Passport to Success, harkens to the long-standing belief that future success, both individual and societal, is inherently linked with education. However, we often lose sight of the idea that education, in and of itself, is not limited to the four walls of a classroom, but instead encompasses the multitude of experiences, interactions, and pursuits that we undertake. While a trendy phrase today, the idea of the “lifelong learner” is not new, nor unique. In 1897, John Dewey published “My Pedagogic Creed” in vol. 54 of School Journal. In this brief, but poignant essay, Dewey wrote “I believe that edu­cation is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”


As students and educators, the UConn ECE Community truly embodies John Dewey’s belief that education happens best within social interactions. Whether those interactions are the real-world connections conducted daily in classrooms across the state, or the social experiences and interactions we pursue, UConn ECE is truly a community of learners. Highlighted throughout this edition of the magazine, you will find incredible examples of a commitment to the tenants of a lifelong learner among students and educators alike. From reflections on the continued growth of the UConn Pre-College Summer program, to our ECE cardboard boat race and this fall’s highly competitive ECE French and Italian Immersion Quiz Bowls, the articles highlight a community which support the intersectionality of content and social interaction.


With over 17,000 students enrolled in UConn coursework, much of this magazine edition is dedicated to the stories of their ECE instructors and program alumni who undertook amazing opportunities to advance their own education. Whether it was an opportunity to engage in new learning, re-connect with family, or simply try some­thing new, we hope these stories will provide an opportunity for you to pause, reflect upon your own accomplish­ments, and hopefully inspire you to renew your passport and pursue your next adventure.


With gratitude,


Christopher M. Todd
Executive Director

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