Goal 1: Professional Learning

Equipping rural educators with the skills to teach their students will be one of SSDA's most important projects in our 38-year history. We are thrilled to partner with Sacramento County Office of Education and together be the conduit to prepare students to learn computer science at an early age. CS4NorCal rural students will be more prepared to compete for college and career opportunities. That is a major goal of SSDA and our member school districts.

Tim Taylor ~ Executive Director ~Small School Districts' Association, 2020

CS4NorCal offers a unique, intensive and recursive professional learning opportunity for educators, schools and districts preparing to build a computer science pathway. CS workshops* are free of cost AND teachers can earn stipends for participation. In addition to a summer week of professional learning, just-in-time support will be offered during the school year as new CS content is implemented and integrated with other academic coursework. Teachers will have access to curricular technical assistance and invited to join a regional CS community of practice, which will meet quarterly.

*Credential authorization courses are not free of cost.

Professional Learning Stipends

Successful completion of:

  • $3000 for MS and HS teachers for 20 days of professional learning workshops over 2 years

  • $1500 for ES teachers for 10 days of professional learning workshops over years

  • $100 per Community of Practice meeting

  • $100 a year for data collection activities that occur outside of workshops

Summer of CS Workshops

Join CS4NorCal colleagues, the Sacramento County Office of Education and the Small School Districts’ Association for the 2022 Summer of CS (Computer Science), scheduled for the week of June 13-17.

CS4NorCal 2022 Summer of CS Summary Flyer Returning Participants

Elementary and Middle School Courses

Elementary 4 CS

Dates: June 13-15, 2022
Time: 9:00-3:30
Audience: Grades PK-6 Teachers

Cost: Scholarships are available to participate at no-cost ($750 value).

Description: This summer, join other K-6 educators from across California in the virtual Elementary 4 CS Workshop at the Summer of CS. During this three-day experience, you will explore ways to bring Computer Science (CS) education into your classroom. Expert facilitators will share model lessons and curriculum from providers such as Google and Code.org. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to design integrated activities that incorporate CS into existing math, science, and language arts lessons. Lastly, you will experiment with distance learning tools to help bring CS to your students when they are learning remotely.

This workshop will prepare you to teach and integrate CS concepts in your class next year.

Flyer: https://bit.ly/summerofcs-e4c

Application and Registration: Coming Soon

CS Discoveries

Dates: June 13-17, 2022
Time: 9:00-3:30
Audience: Grades 6-10 Teachers

Cost: Scholarships are available to participate at no-cost ($1500 value).

Description: CS Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. This summer institute and the four academic year workshops will help you prepare to teach the course for the first time.

Flyer: http://bit.ly/csd-flyer

Application and Registration: Coming Soon

High School Courses

Exploring CS

Dates: June 13-17, 2022
Time: 9:00-3:30
Audience: Grades 9-10 Teachers

Cost: Scholarships are available to participate at no-cost ($1500 value).

Description: Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is a K-12/University national program (curriculum + professional development) committed to democratizing computer science knowledge by increasing learning opportunities at the high school level for all students, with a specific focus on access for traditionally underrepresented students. The ECS program consists of a high school introductory computer science (CS) course combined with a teacher professional development program. ECS was developed in response to previous research, detailed in Stuck in the Shallow End (Margolis et al., 2008), that identified disparities in CS learning opportunities that fall along race and socioeconomic lines.

The ECS curriculum consists of six units of approximately six weeks each, covering Human Computer Interaction, Problem Solving, Web Design, Introduction to Programming, Computing and Data Analysis, and Robotics. We also offer two units that can be used as alternates to either unit 5 or 6: E-Textiles, and Artificial Intelligence. The ECS curriculum is structured to facilitate inquiry and equity-based instructional practices so that all students, especially those in schools with high numbers of low-income students and students of color, are introduced to the problem solving, computational practices, and modes of inquiry associated with computer science. The curriculum aligns well with college preparation coursework as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways including: Information Technology; Engineering and Design; and Arts, Media and Entertainment Technology, among others.

This workshop will prepare you to teach ECS next year.

Flyer: http://bit.ly/ecs-flyer

Application and Registration: Coming Soon


Computer Science Principles

Dates: June 13-17, 2022
Time: 9:00-3:30
Audience: Grades 10-12 Teachers

Cost: Scholarships are available to participate at no-cost ($1500 value).

Description: CS Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in.

This year-long course can be taught as an introductory course and as an AP course - no prerequisites required for students or for teachers new to computer science! In addition, the Code.org curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach.

This workshop will prepare you to teach CS Principles next year.

Flyer: https://bit.ly/cspflyer

Registration: Coming Soon

Middle and High School Courses


Bootstrap Algebra

Dates: June 13-17, 2022
Time: 9:00-3:30
Audience: Grades 7-12 Teachers

Cost: Scholarships are available to participate at no-cost ($1500 value).

Description: New for the 2022 Summer of CS is a CS Integration workshop which will feature the math/Science/CS curriculum Bootstrap! Each participant will receive the full curriculum for Bootstrap Algebra and for Bootstrap Data Science. The five days of professional development will equip teachers to lead students through the curricula by:

  • working with peers to discuss content and pedagogy used within the curriculum

  • spend time working through lesson materials and software first hand as students

  • debrief lesson activities, content, and pedagogy with their peers led by a Bootstrap trainer

  • review the research for improved student performance on standardized tests for students learning mathematics through Bootstrap Curricula.


Three days of the week will be focused on Bootstrap: Algebra and the remaining two will focus on Bootstrap: Data Science, which could be part of a math or science class. The content for both curricula is suitable for middle and high school grades.


Flyer: bit.ly/Bootstrap-flyer

Registration: bit.ly/3LJRDEe


Registration closes on 5/20/22 to allow for materials to be mailed out. However, there might still be space available. Contact wchu@scoe.net for more information.


Equity-Minded Instruction in CS

Dates: June 13-17, 2022
Time: 9:00-3:30
Audience: Grades 6-12 Teachers

Cost: Free

Description: Join us for this hybrid course to understand how to implement equitable experiences in computer science through:

  • Examining our own unconscious biases and misunderstandings

  • Learning about intersectionality and impact on computer science identity

  • Using the Universal design for learning framework for CS lesson planning

  • Leveraging computer science as a tool for addressing social justice through

  • Using culturally responsive pedagogy to influence CS classroom culture

  • Collaboration in Computer Science (participants will engage in a Design Thinking activity)


Please note: The course content will be accessed through CANVAS. Participants will engage in both synchronous and asynchronous activities.


Registration: bit.ly/3uR5IZG

Speciality Courses and Credentials

AP Computer Science A with CSAwesome

Dates: Coming Soon
Audience: Grades 10-12 Teachers

Cost: Scholarships are available to California teachers who will be teaching APCSA during the 2022-2023 school year. Participate at no cost ($2500 value).

Description: AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science.

The goal of the CS Awesome curriculum is to provide an interactive curriculum for students that uses frequent, small practice problems that allow students to incrementally build their Java programming skills. The curriculum is provided online through an e-book and includes many opportunities for creativity and collaboration with other students. The course was designed to engage all students and support students transitioning from a Computer Science Principles (CSP) course to CS A. Join other APCSA teachers this summer in a six-week, 65-hour virtual intensive professional learning experience to prepare to teach APCSA next year.

Flyer: Coming Soon

Registration: Coming Soon


Jump Start Your Supplementary Authorization

Dates: TBD

Audience: K-12 Teachers (whether or not you require a supplementary authorization to teach*)

Cost: Scholarships are available to California teachers ($850 value).

Description: Interested in teaching CS but need an authorization to do so*? Jumpstart earning your Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science from UC San Diego by completing one class -- Computational Thinking & Block-based Programming!

Features:

  • Relevant online coursework in CS concepts, practice, and teaching strategies

  • Cohort of colleagues working together leads to active discussions, quick peer feedback

  • Weekly live/video overviews, study plans, and partner-pairing opportunities (optional)

  • Discussions and/or Questions with Beth and undergraduate tutor support available each week (by request)

  • Great sense of accomplishment, interesting assignments, materials you can use in your class next year (including materials and models for online learning)

  • Hours: ~100 (20 first week, 10-20 each following week). Varies significantly based on prior programming experience.

Learn more about the course content.

*Don't need authorization but want to explore? Join us anyways!

Flyer: Coming Soon

Application and Registration: Coming Soon

To add:

Composition of training events -- i.e., a syllabus

Integration with math/science

Hub-and-spoke model, plus virtual

SCOE's experience and expertise; bios of trainers

Awareness...Onboarding...Ongoing model -- Jared's CSforCA slide show

Counselors and Administrators

Counselors 4 Computing

Dates: June 14, 2022
Time: 9:00-3:30
Audience: Counselors Supporting Students in Grade 6-12+

Cost: No cost to participate. Be sure to bring a team, consisting of a teacher and administrator, to the Summer of CS!

Description: This workshop is designed BY school counselors and FOR school counselors and others in advising roles! Computing permeates every aspect of our society, creating a high demand for technological innovations that change how we think, connect, conduct research, build products, and more. This demand drives the economy and creates a direct impact on the job market; the U.S. Department of Labor estimates 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. by 2024, but more than two-thirds of these jobs could go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of college graduates with computing-related degrees.

Computer Science is changing everything! This PD will equip you to talk to your students about sustainable careers of the future. Check out this video from Code.org that talks about how computer science is changing the fashion industry, agriculture, and so much more!

Even though computing jobs offer some of the highest salaries available, we’re failing to make computing education accessible to all and attract diverse talent to the discipline. School counselors are uniquely positioned to advocate for equity and access, and we will share the data, talking points, and resources to support your professional goals.


Registration: https://www.summerofcs.org/workshops#h.3ds4wrsqvvnr


CSforCA Workshop for Administrators

Dates: June 14, 2022
Time: 9:00-3:30
Audience: Counselors Supporting Students in Grade 6-12+

Cost: No cost to participate. Be sure to bring a team, consisting of a teacher and administrator, to the Summer of CS!

Description: This interactive workshop will provide hands-on tools and strategies to implement equity-minded K12 computer science (CS) education in our schools, districts, and county offices of education. The workshop and accompanying CS Equity Implementation Guide, written by administrators for administrators, are resources aimed at transforming CS education implementation in California and increasing opportunities for all students, including low-income students, students of color, young women, English learners, and students with special needs.

  • After a brief introduction, facilitators will ask attendees to participate in polls asking them about their experience with CS, their district’s experience with CS, and what kind of access they think students in their community have. The facilitators will then provide the context of CS in California, including an overview of research and data along with several recent policy wins including the adoption of statewide CS Standards and the development of a CS Strategic Implementation Plan.

  • Facilitators will then share lessons learned from a Research-Practice Partnership of 5 early-adopter districts/county offices who are mentoring 9 other Local Education Agencies who are new to CS as a Network Improvement Community (NIC) to scale teacher professional development, build capacity of education leaders and policymakers and contribute to the research base to support expansion of equity-minded CS education across California. They will present the CS Equity Implementation Guide that this NIC produced and then have the participants break out into small groups to discuss one of the challenges as presented in the guide.

  • The session will conclude with the facilitators providing additional resources for participants to get more information and guidance, as well as a question and answer session.

Registration: https://www.summerofcs.org/workshops#h.7o9vitnzpg40

Second Summer Courses

2022 CS4NorCal Academic Year Workshops and Community of Practice Meetings

Scroll or expand the document below for Year 1 and Elementary 4 CS calendars

2022-23 CS4NorCal Academic Year Workshops and CoP Meetings

Project Overview & Expectations

1 - Project Overview and Expectations

Slides

Narrated Presentation

Professional Learning Model

2 - Professional Learning Information

Slides

Narrated Presentation

Year 2: Implement for Impact

CS4NorCal Professional Learning Outcomes

Grade K-5 educators will be able to:

  • Deepen knowledge of grade-level CA CS content standards, concepts and practices

  • Learn how to embed culturally responsive instructional strategies and activities in CS curriculum, such as CS Fundamentals

  • Develop technology-based and “unplugged” pedagogical approaches to CS instruction

  • Easily integrate CS concepts and practices into math or science instruction

  • Connect students to extended CS learning through extended-day activities and events

  • Incorporate project-based learning into CS instruction

  • Create authentic assessments of student learning

Grade 6-8 educators will be able to:

  • Deepen knowledge of grade-level CA CS content standards and their concepts and practices

  • Address CS content standards using culturally responsive instructional strategies and activities in CS curriculum, such as CS Discoveries

  • Develop technology-based and “unplugged” pedagogical approaches to CS instruction

  • Deliver CS content via new standalone electives or integrated into math or science instruction

  • Connect students to extended CS learning through extended-day activities and events, such as robotics or CyberPatriot clubs and competitions

  • Prepare students for college and career through work-based learning and college-and-career readiness activities

  • Incorporate project-based learning into CS instruction

  • Create authentic assessments of student learning

Grade 9-12 educators will be able to:

  • Deepen their knowledge of grade-level CA CS content standards and their concepts and practices

  • Address CS content standards using culturally responsive instructional strategies and through new CTE and/or AP courses (e.g., Exploring Computer Science, Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A)

  • Develop both technology-based and “unplugged” approaches to CS instruction

  • Connect students to extended CS learning through extended-day activities and events, such as robotics or CyberPatriot clubs and competitions, Hour of Code or summer coding camps

  • Prepare students for college and career through work-based learning and college-and-career readiness activities, including opportunities for early college credit

  • Incorporate project-based learning into CS instruction

  • Create authentic assessments of student learning

School administrators and counselors will be able to:

  • Build a CS pathway that is high quality, scalable and sustainable and offers equity, access and inclusion for all teachers and students

  • Extend CS learning through extended-day activities and events, such as robotics or CyberPatriot clubs and competitions

  • Prepare students for college and career through work-based learning and college-and-career readiness activities

  • Understand teacher credentialing, standards and other statewide policies.

Professional Learning Components

Professional learning components