Professional Development Opportunities for High School Educators:
Code.org - Computer Science Principles covers many topics including the Internet, Big Data and Privacy, and Programming and Algorithms. The curriculum is flexible to be taught as a normal course or as an AP course.
Length: Full-year course (120-180 hours)
Recommended age: Ages 14-18
Professional learning for teachers: FREE 1-week summer workshop, four 1-day workshops throughout the academic year, and online support
Cost to use curriculum: NONE
Click here to register for this PD. *** Hurry...there are a few spots left for the 18-19 cohorts. Registrations close MARCH 30, 2018
UNLV Summer Computer Science Program: The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) hosts a 6-week summer program for computer science (May 25-July 3, 2018). The project is funded by the United States National Science Foundation. You can access the information via ret.unlv.edu. Teachers will receive tuition-waive scholarship and up to $7500 stipend.
The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Big Data Program is a 6-week summer program designed to keep STEM high school teachers involved on the cutting edge of engineering and computer sicence. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, teachers will work alongside graduate and doctoral students with the aim of sharing their findings and projects in their classrooms.
UTeach - Computer Science Principles: This summer UTeach CS is offering several professional learning opportunities, many of which will be offered at little to no cost. UTeach CS Principles is a year-long high school curriculum that is fully aligned with the AP Computer Science Principles Curriculum Framework. No materials costs are assumed, and project-based lessons and materials are used throughout. This pedagogical approach actively engages students in collaborative learning processes that encourage problem solving, critical thinking, and group communication.
They will be hosting workshops across the US. If you can't make it to one of the in-person trainings they have two online options as well. You can find more information here.
Their largest training will happen in Bloomington, Indiana as part of the Pathfinders Summer Institute hosted by Infosys Foundations USA. All tuition, airfare, room and board for teacher participants will be paid. To make it possible for teachers to attend Pathfinders at no cost, funds from Infosys Foundation USA will need to be matched by schools, districts, PTAs or the donor community at DonorsChoose.org. Click here for detailed information on how the process works and here to apply!
NICER training: Computer Science is a hands-on, project-based curriculum that utilizes a unique computing platform to engage students in an immersive exploration of the breadth of computer science. Through a puzzle-based learning approach that is strategically meshed with candid discussions of the philosophy and expectations that underlie the learning process, a foundation of problem solving and critical thinking is laid upon which the four major themes of computer science are then iteratively built as pillars.
Various beams that showcase the applications of computer science are finally laid atop the pillars. The high-level goals of the curriculum are to (1) Expose students to the beatuy of computer science through an engaging discovery process; (2) Show how exploring computer science can be used to solve hard problems; and (3) Cultivate problem solvers who are comfortable at tackling hard problems and who understand that computer science is a lifelong learning process.
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