Workshops for Educators of Grades 6-12
Lead with CS : First-Year Participants
Computer Science Discoveries
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.
Join your peers for an in-person workshop with room host and a virtual facilitator.
During the 2023-24 school year, you will extend your understanding of the CS Discoveries curriculum through 4 additional workshops and learn how to integrate CS with math and science content through 2 workshops.
Exploring Computer Science
Description: Exploring Computer Science (ECS) was developed in response to 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 is structured to facilitate inquiry and equity-based instructional practices. The curriculum aligns with college preparation coursework and Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways including Information Technology; Engineering and Design; and Arts, Media and Entertainment Technology.
This workshop will introduce you to the instructional philosophy and content from the early units of the ECS curriculum. During the school year, 4 virtual workshops focus on remaining units and 3 strands: CS Concepts, Inquiry, and Equity. Two additional workshops during the school year prepare you to integrate CS with math and science instruction.
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Computer Science Principles
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 are 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. (in-person)
During the 2023-24 school year, you will extend your understanding of the CS Principles curriculum through 4 workshops and learn how to integrate CS with math and science content through 2 additional workshops.
A-g approved course
Implement for Impact: Second-Year Participants
Bootstrap: Data Science
Description: Bootstrap Data Science features evidence-based, integrated materials for.a variety of subject matter for grades 7-12 to leverage students' curiosity about the world around them and to inspire real data analysis and original research. Lessons are available for data visualization, measures of center and spread, programming, linear regression, and more.
Come explore the research, learn about pedagogy, content and integration with other subjects You'll be able to try activities from every single Bootstrap class, debrief with other teachers, talk pedagogy with the trainers, and try out the materials and software firsthand. Go home with a complete final project that you created. (Optional quarterly refresher workshops will be offered during the academic year.)
Description: Bootstrap Algebra features evidence-based, integrated materials for math classes for grades 7-12, including programming that works just like the math in the book, and curriculum and pedagogy based on best-practices in math education. You can use the curriculum in a separate, standalone Computer Science class or integrated into a mainstream math class, delivered by a math teacher with no prior CS experience.
During the workshop, you'll work with your peers to discuss content, pedagogy, and spend the day in your students' shoes. You'll be able to try activities from every single Bootstrap class, debrief with other teachers, talk pedagogy with the trainers, and try out the materials and software firsthand. Go home with a complete final project that you created. (Optional quarterly refresher workshops will be offered during the academic year.)
Equity-Minded Instruction in Computer Science
Description: This course provides K-12 teachers with equity-focused professional learning experiences and research-based tools so they are equipped to embrace diversity and focus on offering equitable access to, participation in, and experiences of CS in their schools and classrooms. All 5 days of this workshop can be attended virtually. (Optional quarterly refresher workshops will be offered during the academic year.)
"Second Summer" Workshop
Do you want to experience the in-person version of the workshop in which you participated in June 2022 (CSD, ECS, or CSP)? Then the "Second Summer Workshop" is for you!
Description: If you are interested in taking a deeper dive into the curriculum you studied in June 2022 and want to collaborate in person with colleagues, consider registering for a "second summer." This opportunity is offered for teachers who participated in the CS Discoveries, Exploring CS, or CS Principles in June 2022.
Also, you might consider signing up for a Second Summer Workshop if you are interested in becoming a workshop facilitator in 2024-25.