February 20-21, 2017


The Computer Science Principles Mini-Conference offers a variety of resources for teachers of AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). Informative and hands-on presentations and panels will be announced soon! Attendees will have an opportunity to collaborate across schools and districts to brainstorm plans for developing four-year CS pathways in Texas high schools.

CS Principles is an official College Board AP Course with an AP test as of the 2016-17 school year. AP CSP introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career.

New and Experienced Teachers Welcome!

This year, the CSP Mini-Conference will be divided between two cohorts to better serve new and experienced teachers. One will help teachers who are interested in teaching Computer Science Principles get started. Focusing on new teachers is especially timely this year, as the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) recently approved allowing teachers with a Technology Applications certification or a CS certification to teach AP CSP courses. A second cohort will provide teachers who are already teaching CSP with more in-depth information they can take back to their classrooms.


Get a preview of sessions and speakers by downloading the CSP Mini-Conference Agenda.

Curriculum / Speakers

More information about curriculum and speakers being featured at the CSP Mini-Conference can be found in the WeTeach_CS blog article, WeTeach_CS Announces Speakers for the 2017 CSP Mini-Conference.



  • Type – Face-to-face
  • Dates and Times – Monday-Tuesday, February 20-21, 2017
  • Application and Registration Deadline – Registration deadline is February 14th, 2017.
  • Location -UT-Austin Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Balcones Room 1.108, Austin, Texas 78758   (Campus Map / Get Directions)
  • Eligible AttendeesTexas high school teachers currently teaching or interested in teaching AP Computer Science Principles.
  • Cost –  Registration cost is $120.00 total per participant for this 2-day workshop. ($60.00 per day for each participant.)
  • Certificates of Participation – Certificates stating 12 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online course evaluation. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.


Application and Registration

If you are interested in teaching Computer Science Principles:

Register Here

If you are currently teaching Computer Science Principles in the 2016-2017 school year:

Register Here

You will be asked for your contact information, what subjects you are currently teaching. If you have multiple people attending, please fill out this form for each person. You may need to quit and restart your browser to enter multiple people. If you need technical help with the registration page, send an email to weteachcs@austin.utexas.edu.

Some registration notes:

  • Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and training materials.
  • Payments are due before this event.
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
  • The event is limited to 60 participants.

Participants can pay by credit card or check. The registration confirmation email will contain all the necessary information you need to provide to your business offices regarding credit card payment records and check processing instructions.

Checks for registration need to be made out to The University of Texas at Austin. Please mail checks to the attention of Jeff Early, along with the printed registration confirmation email, to the following address.

Center for STEM Education
1912 Speedway, D5500
SZB 340
Austin, TX 78712
Attn: Jeff Early

If you have questions about payment, please email Jeff Early (jeff.early@utexas.edu) with any payment questions you may have.

Accommodations and Transportation

All participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging arrangements and payments. These costs will be reimbursed by the Center for STEM Education at The University of Texas at Austin to non-WeTeach_CS Collaborative participants in Texas who attend the entire event. Lodging costs will be reimbursed at the state rate for those who live more than 60 miles from the event. Mileage will be reimbursed*, also at the state rate, as calculated by MapQuest using the shortest route option. Reimbursement forms will be provided electronically after the event.

*If you owe money to any State of Texas organization or entity, whatever amount you were to receive may be credited toward your debt. 

Note: Only Texas residents are eligible to participate in reimbursement program.

A copy of the Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exempt form is provided and should be printed and turned in to your hotel upon arrival. State hotel tax will not be reimbursed.

Hotels near Pickle Research Campus (PDF)

Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate (PDF)


Parking has been prepaid for participants of this event. Please print out this document prior to arrival at the workshop. The guard will point you in the direction of the designated parking area. If you fail to bring this with you, parking will cost you $3/day.

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