Teacher applications for Code.org’s Professional Learning Program close March 17th! Apply Today!
Why CS Principles?
AP CS Principles is designed to be far more than a traditional introduction to programming – it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the big, foundational ideas of computing so that all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. AP CS Principles (PEIMS# A3580300) has also become an important course for increasing access and diversity in CS classrooms. Because of this, many high schools are now looking to add or expand their AP CSP course offerings. Of course, as with all new courses, having teachers certified and trained to teach AP CSP has been an issue for some schools.
Finding an AP CSP Teacher just got easier
In late 2016, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) approved changes to TAC 231.257 to allow teachers with a Technology Applications certification OR a Computer Science 8-12 certification to teach AP CS Principles (AP CSP). That means if your school or district already has a teacher with a Technology Applications certification, then you already have someone to teach AP CSP–even if you don’t have a CS certified teacher available.
Getting intensive CSP professional development just got easier too
Code.org’s Professional Learning Program for CS Principles is an an intensive, year-long professional learning program for high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Principles (high school) courses. This program is designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools, and approach to students in their classrooms.
Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:
- Attending the five-day, in-person summer workshop (dates and locations assigned by district)
- Attending four local one-day, in-person workshops (normally on Saturdays)
- Engaging in 20 hours of on-line PD
- Teaching the course during the 2017-18 school year
- Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population
Applications close on March 17th!
Professional Learning Program for Middle School Teachers
Are you a middle school teacher or do you know a middle school teacher interested teaching a CS Discoveries course? Then check out the Code.org Professional Learning Program for CS Discoveries. More information
Amy Werst, email@example.com