It’s already November and you know what that means? Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10, 2017) is just one month away! So, now’s the time to sign up and plan an Hour of Code even for your school or community.

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

#CSEdWeek and #HourOfCode Resources

You can sign up to host an Hour of Code, find CS resources, or materials to help you promote and advocate for CS education on the following sites.

Still thinking about getting CS certified?

Make CSEdWeek 2017 even more memorable and earn $1000 stipend!

This year’s Computer Science Education Week coincides with the December 6-9 testing window for the TExES CS 8-12 certification exam. And thanks to the support of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), WeTeach_CS is offering a $1,000 stipend, through the Certification Incentive Program (CIP), to currently certified Texas educators who add a CS certification to their resume. This means current Texas teachers who decide to join us on the road to 500, by taking the TExES CS 8-12 Certification Test, may be eligible to receive a $1000 stipend upon achieving CS certification.

For complete information about deadlines and requirements, please read and follow all steps of the CIP Checklist. Texas teachers must meet certain eligibility requirements and be accepted into the program prior to testing to qualify for the $1,000 stipend.

Need to prepare? We can help with that too!

Our online certification prep course, Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers. This self-paced course is designed to prepare teachers to take the TExES 241 Grades 8-12 Computer Science certification exam. Course materials provide extensive detailed instruction, examples and practice on everything from introductory programming topics such as variables, functions, loops and logical expressions to more advanced topics such as data structures, recursion, and object oriented programming. Basic enrollment is FREE! Participants wanting to receive 40 CPE credit hours from The University of Texas at Austin upon completing the course can upgrade their enrollment. Upgraded participants will also have access to weekly quizzes and the comprehensive final, which mimics the actual 100 question CS certification exam.

More information / Registration

More Information on Certification and CIP

  • For more information about Computer Science certification, visit the WeTeach_CS Get Certified page.
  • For complete information about CIP requirements and deadlines, visit the CIP Checklist page.
  • Read everything and still have CS certification questions? Email us at weteachcs@austin.utexas.edu for help.

 

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