Whether you’re new to computer science or an experienced CS teacher, WeTeach_CS offers the professional development experiences you need to get certified, or just to improve your knowledge and skills in the classroom. Through Face-2-Face workshops and online courses, WeTeach_CS can deliver a array of professional development choices at the right time and in the right location.
Not yet CS certified?
Get prepared, get certified, and get your stipend!
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 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.
WeTeach_CS Certification Prep Face-2-Face
Give John Owen and the WeTeach_CS Team two days and they’ll tell you what you’ll need to know to pass the TExES 241 CS 8-12 certification exam during this 2-day workshop style prep. WeTeach_CS Certification Prep Face-2-Face provides an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. We currently have six workshops scheduled before the end of the summer, so choose the one near you and register today!
Upcoming WeTeach_CS Certification Prep Face-2-Face Workshops
- May 4-5 – Houston
- May 16-17 – Amarillo
- June 11-12 – Edinburg
- July 31 – August 1 – Richardson (UT Dallas)
Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers (Online)
Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers is designed to prepare teachers to take the TExES 241 Grades 8-12 Computer Science certification exam. The course provides 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. Enrolled participants will receive access to weekly quizzes and the comprehensive final, which mimics the actual 100 question CS certification exam. Enroll Today!
Already CS Certified?
Whether you’re about to start teaching your first CS course, need help building a CS program at your school, or want to improve and expand your knowledge and skills, let WeTeach_CS help you make the most of your teaching practice.
WeTeach_CyberSecurity GenCyber Summer Camp – June 11-15
The STEM Center at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce that our first week long WeTeach_CyberSecurity GenCyber Summer Camp for high school teachers will be held at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in Austin from June 11-15, 2018. The camp will provide an opportunity for teachers to deepen their understanding of the field of cybersecurity, its importance in this day and age, and how it represents a great opportunity for kids interested in high tech careers. Teachers who attend will receive training in a number of areas related to cybersecurity that they can take back to the classroom. Applications are being accepted through May 1st and there are only 23 seats available for this FREE training, so don’t delay—Apply today!
How WeTeach_CS for High School (Face-2-Face)
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 Professional Development Specialist, John Owen.
Upcoming How WeTeach_CS for High School Workshops
PD for both new and experienced teachers
These workshops are suitable for new and experienced CS teachers, as well as many non-CS teachers who are looking to integrate computer science, computational thinking, and STEAM skills into their classrooms.
Bootstrap: Video Game Programming with Algebra (Face-2-Face)
Bootstrap teaches students to program their own video games in an algebraic programming language, exposing them to key math concepts. Middle- and high-school teachers around the country have implemented the curriculum as a one-month module, a weekly activity or an afterschool program. Always a popular offering, WeTeach_CS will host two 3-day workshops this summer and a 1-day follow-up session for teachers who have attended one of our previous Bootstrap workshops.
Upcoming Bootstrap Workshops
Logo Summer Institute (Face-2-Face)
The Logo Summer Institute is an intensive immersion in creative computing for K12 teachers. A project-based approach supports computational thinking, and STEAM learning and teaching. The program is highly individualized to accommodate novices as well as more experienced participants, teachers of different subjects, and those who work in informal settings as well as in classrooms. Learn to code as you explore and create projects using Scratch, Makey Makey, Hummingbird, Arduino, and a variety of other hardware and software platforms. The Logo Summer Institute provides a relaxed atmosphere with a small group of colleagues and a great deal of personal attention from experienced workshop leaders. This workshop will be held June 11-14 in Austin—Register Today!
2018 WeTeach_CS Summit and Deep Dives
For 2018, we’ve expanded our WeTeach_CS Summit and Deep Dives with so many new sessions, strands, and activities that we’ve had to move to a bigger location! Come join us for two, three, or five days of CS professional development suitable for prospective, new, and experienced K-12 CS teachers.
WeTeach_CS Summit 2018 – June 18-20
The WeTeach_CS Summit is a 3-day event which educates, empowers, and inspires K-12 CS teachers, advocates, administrators, professional development providers, university instructors, and policy-makers to advance the goal of CS for All in Texas and beyond. This year’s Summit will be held on the shores of the San Gabriel River at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center in Georgetown, TX, just outside of Austin. Approximately 450 CS champions will be in attendance. More information / Registration
WeTeach_CS Deep Dives 2018 – June 21-22
WeTeach_CS Deep Dives is a special 1.5-day workshop event which picks up right where the WeTeach_CS Summit (June 18-20) leaves off. So, if the three days of the 2018 WeTeach_CS Summit just doesn’t sound like enough CS professional development goodness for your tastes, then consider sticking around and taking part in WeTeach_CS Deep Dives! But you don’t have to attend the WeTeach_CS Summit in order to attend a Deep Dives course. Maybe you only have time to take a quick dip into one of the featured subjects. No problem–that’s what Deep Dives are for! More information / Registration
And that’s not all!
Check out our complete 2018 event listings for updates and additions, then stay up-to-date by subscribing to the WeTeach_CS blog, following us on Twitter (@weteachcs), and liking WeTeach_CS on Facebook. Once connected, you’ll get the latest on upcoming events, including our very popular 3D Printing workshop (July 23-27 in Corpus Christi) and the first ever WeTeach_Java workshop (July 23-27 in Austin).
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