CS certified, but not sure how to get a class started? Struggling to find a CS1 curriculum that works? Come and get a sneak preview of a curriculum package that will get you through your first year. Everything you need in a nice, neat package and ready for you to implement on day one including lesson plans, lessons, videos, study guides, activities, projects, labs, lab solutions, and assessments. Learn how best to make this crucial first year class a success from WeTeach_CS Education Professional Development Specialist, John Owen.

In How to Teach High School CS, participants will examine the CS1 TEKS to become familiar with the expectations and then explore the four modules that make up the course.

  • Introduction – An introduction to Scratch, a block-based programming platform, on the first day of school, immediately engaging the students in coding experiences that are meaningful, fun and easy. This approach also exposes students to some fairly sophisticated programming concepts and skills in a multi-week module of study.
  • Programming – A continued study of programming that introduces Object Oriented concepts, using a graphic-based tool with scripted coding called Jeroo. This module further explores the fundamentals of coding, providing high-level thinking and problem solving opportunities for students.
  • Offline Topics – We’ll tackle some off-line topics such as ethics, intellectual property rights, digital security, as well as the basics of technology systems and operations, including knowledge of hardware and software components, and aspects of programming languages (high level vs low level, compiled vs interpreted, top down vs bottom up vs object oriented design concepts, etc.)
  • Dive into Java – A “from the beginning” dive into Java programming, building from the traditional and simple “Hello World” program, showing the “bare bones” structure of a Java program, and gradually unfolding new aspects of coding, including output, input, data types and operations, variables and parameters, conditionals, loops, function use and creation, basic data structures and algorithms, all in preparation for further study in a second year of CS, which will prepare the student for the CS A AP test.


  • When – Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Where – Holiday Inn Austin – Town Lake, 20 S IH-35, Austin, Texas 78701
  • Cost – $200
  • CPE Credit – 14 hours
  • Accommodations and Travel Reimbursement – Attendees may be eligible for reimbursement of travel and accommodations expenses. See registration page for details.

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