Educators in Context and Community
Educators in Context & Community (ECCO) is a comprehensive career-based professional development learning community for education majors and the ed-curious (e.g., those who work with children and families). ECCO is open to all class standings, First Years thru Seniors and focuses on:
- Acclimating members to the diverse cultures and communities (urban, rural and suburban) which their students will bring with them into the classroom.
- Preparing members both socially and emotionally for the rigors of teaching.
- Cultural competence—being aware of, and able to work in, diverse settings with diverse students.
- Helping ECCO members get to know themselves, their students, the community and their profession.
Residential Requirement | Students who are members of the ECCO Learning Community are not required to live within the community but it is an added benefit to the program. If you choose to live in the community, you can choose to room with someone who is in ECCO -or- you can choose a roommate who is not a member.
About the Community | ECCO Learning Community students live in a diverse population in McDonald Hall along with other highly ambitious and motivated students who are members of other Learning Communities. Students work, live and hangout together to ease the transition to college life, while supporting each other throughout the ECCO program.
McDonald Hall | Centrally located and steps away from the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and the Jerome Library, McDonald Hall is a traditional residence hall and houses classrooms and faculty/staff offices. Amenities include an art studio, music room, study area, computer lab, laundry on each floor and a full community kitchen.
Each community has a set of residence hall rooms specifically designated for them. To sign up for one of these rooms, you must apply, and be accepted into the community, prior to April 25, 2018. To ensure your chance to live in the community, please complete the following steps:
|Step 1||Complete your housing application|
|Step 2||Apply here and login with your BGSU username and password|
|Step 3||Click on Add a New Community Enrollment Request and choose your desired community and academic year/term|
|Please Note||Students can apply only for two communities on their own. If you want to apply to more than two communities, please contact the additional communities you are interested in so they can apply for you. If you have applied for two and change your mind, go into the system and withdraw yourself from the one(s) you are no longer interested in. This will open up a space for you again.|
After you have submitted your request to join a community, you will receive an email from the community director approving your request. When it’s time for you to select your room in the next phase, you will be able to view and select rooms within the designated community space in the community’s residence hall. For example, if you choose to join the Chapman Learning Community, you will select a room in Kohl Hall.
Student participation in the ECCO learning community has an impact on a student’s success at Bowling Green State University. Participants in this community experience a level of personalized attention, and exposure to high impact educational opportunities that their peers do not. This leads to higher retention and graduation rates among members. This means that more of our members stay in school and eventually graduate than typical students at Bowling Green State University.
Student Retention | Students who participate in ECCO stay at BGSU and graduate at a higher rate than their peers. Over the past 10 years, ECCO members have significantly high proportions of students returning to BGSU from Fall to Spring semester- typically between 95-98%. In comparison with the College, ECCO members stay through their freshman year at significantly higher rates: typically 3-5% points higher. Similarly high proportions of students return to BGSU from freshman to sophomore years, between 84-90%. In comparison with the College, ECCO members return to BGSU for a second year at significantly higher rates, typically 8% higher.
Student Satisfaction | ECCO members must devote one day per week to doing their Field Placement, and they are required to do social, service, and professional development activities on a regular basis. They have to take more courses, pay more money, do more field placement hours, and give back to the learning community. Despite or because of these challenges, 98% of the members surveyed said that ECCO has provided them with experiences that they believe will help them to be a better teachers.
- “I’m in ECCO for the opportunity to interact with students on a weekly basis through field placements. ECCO has also helped me to gain lifelong connections and friendships” – Ali Brown
- “I am in ECCO to make sure that being a teacher is what I wanted to do. I also wanted to be able to be in a classroom before my junior year of college. I love the fact that I have made some of my best friends through this program and it has honestly made college easier to transition in to” –Alexis Snyder
- “Through ECCO I have gained placement hours and have been opened up to different contexts that have shown me that there is a lot more to education than teaching. I have learned through ECCO that being a teacher you need to get to know your students for who they are outside of the classroom in order to effectively teach them” –Stephanie Siegel
- “I am in ECCO because I love getting to know other education majors who are not just in my own content. It is great to make friends who I can talk to about academics, campus life, and such. I also feel that ECCO has provided me with many opportunities that I would not have gotten to experience if it were not for it” –Bailey Gilligan
- “When joining ECCO you immediately gain a sense of community, family, and help. It’s given me a sense of relief in college because it’s shown me that I do belong here in the program I’m in” – Emily Whitman
- “I am in ECCO because it gives me a placement where I can explore myself as a future teacher as well as it gets me out of my comfort zone” – Alexander Graber
- “I am getting the opportunity to see what types of classrooms I really like and what some of the issues there are in education. These issues are things that I hope to be able to help change in the future” –Adonis Jamison
- “I am in ECCO because I enjoy the opportunity to get field experience before waiting until methods and student teaching. It has helped reassure myself that I want to go into education and become a teacher” –Kristen Tabesh
- “ECCO has given me the chance to begin working on my strengths and weaknesses as a teacher right from my first semester. A lot of insights about teaching have come because of my field placement and my interactions with Dr. Vrooman and other ECCO members” – Caleb Harrah
- “ECCO has provided more opportunities than I had ever anticipated prior to arriving at BGSU. Not only have I grown in my understanding of children and how they learn, but also in my leadership, knowledge, and skills. I feel well prepared to enter methods, student teaching, and the workforce with the preparation ECCO experiences have given me” –Derek Goeglein
Beginning their first semester in ECCO, members will take on a 50 hour field placement in a community different than the one they came from in high school. During their second semester students will do another 50 hour field placement in another context different from their own. In their third semester in the program they will be able to go to a school similar to the one they experienced in their own education.
In their fourth semester students will be asked to choose a contextual focus area and will spend the rest of their academic career in ECCO focusing on the context in which they hope to teach.
ECCO is dedicated to creating culturally competent leaders. We help members to make changes in their own lives to become dedicated and engaged members of the community that make a difference in the lives of students and families in these schools. Therefore we are committed to providing students with experience in urban, rural, and suburban schools. Each of these communities have their own unique challenges. By learning how to teach in multiple educational environments, ECCO students become well prepared to move forward as full time teachers after graduation.