Here are additional options to the one Maine is running using the Code.org curriculum. Email Renee Charette (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like information on that offering.
Mobile CSP is a College Board endorsed course designed to prepare students for the AP CS Principles exam. It is based on a mobile computing theme: students learn the basics of computer science by building socially useful mobile apps using the App Inventor programming language. For the 2018-19 school year, the Mobile CSP curriculum will support app building on both the Android and iOS (iPhone) platforms. To learn more about the curriculum, visit course.mobilecsp.org.
The Mobile CSP PD is a year-long program in which teachers are organized into small (10-12 person) cohorts led by a Master Teacher. It consists of completing a PD course plus a mentored PD experience during the school year. The cohorts may meet entirely online or in regional hybrid format. The PD is offered at different levels, including a week-long (50 hours) immersion option for experienced CS teachers and a multi-week (90-100 hours) extended PD for teachers new to CS. Mobile CSP has been successfully taught by high school teachers from all areas - English, social studies, math, business, etc. If you’re new to computer science, we recommend that you select the extended PD where you will complete most of the student curriculum under guided support from a master teacher. If you’ve taught CS classes before, such as Exploring Computer Science or AP CS A, then the immersion PD will provide the additional foundation you need to teach Mobile CSP.
Registration for summer 2018 is now open! Visit www.mobile-csp.org/participate for further details, including PD locations, costs, and scholarships.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Beauty and Joy of Computing
Interested in adding the Beauty and Joy of Computing to the courses offered at your school? BJC is a College Board endorsed curriculum and professional development provider for the AP Computer Science Principles course. We are excited to announce two opportunities for teachers this Summer 2018.
First, thanks to the generosity of Infosys Foundation USA, we are offering FREE BJC Computer Science Professional Development for 80 teachers at the Infosys Foundation’s USA Pathfinders Summer Institute on July 15-20, 2018 at Indiana University Bloomington. Funds from Infosys will match funds from schools, districts and individual donations to make it possible for teachers to attend at no cost. Find more information at infy.com/Pathfinders.
Second, BJC will offer regional Summer PD to public school teachers at different locations and dates around the country. The cost of the workshop is $75 and includes all materials, and ongoing support by our BJC team. Teachers who complete the requirements will be eligible for a stipend of up to $500 plus travel and lodging expenses. Apply for a regional BJC PD at http://bjc.link/BJCPDApp2018.
Find more information at http://bjc.berkeley.edu/summer-pd/.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTeach CS Principles
A number of fully funded, five day in-person UTeach CS Principles workshop opportunities are available to teachers this summer. Paid, on-line workshops are also scheduled. Please see our website for locations and dates: https://cs.uteach.utexas.edu/
UTeach CS Principles is an NSF-supported, and College Board endorsed, year-long high school course that addresses the seven Big Ideas and six Computational Thinking Practices specified by the College Board’s AP Computer Science Principles Curriculum Framework. It is designed for students from diverse backgrounds who are new to computing. UTeach CSP is a complete, classroom-ready curriculum that contains comprehensive teacher materials that rely on delivery models that are flexible and easy for teachers to use in a variety of high school classroom settings. The curriculum is designed to be taught using a project-based approach to engage all students, especially women and other historically underrepresented students, in the field of computer science. It prioritizes deep conceptual understanding of computer science and development of computational thinking skills rather than focusing solely on programming.
Teachers also receive year-long, on-demand implementation support by phone or email. Teachers are able to schedule virtual meetings with a teacher support specialist to discuss course questions or concerns. UTeach teacher support specialists also offer regularly scheduled, just-in-time unit webinars throughout the year. Teachers also have access to supplemental online training materials and participate in an online, moderated national community of practice where they can collaborate and share materials with other educators.
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