Mark your calendars!

When making your 2017 CS professional development plans, be sure to mark January 5, 2017 on your calendar so you don’t miss out on’s Professional Learning Program. On January 5th, will begin taking applications from teachers to participate in Computer Science Discoveries (Middle School) and Computer Science Principles (High School) Professional Learning Programs. Each program includes training and curriculum CS teachers will put to use in the classroom.

Computer Science Discoveries

The Computer Science Discoveries Professional Learning Program is an intensive professional learning program for middle school educators who are interested in teaching’s CS Discoveries course either as a semester or full-year offering. This program is designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the CS Discoveries curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms. Texas teachers could use the CS Discoveries in a middle school Tech Apps classroom or Fundamental of Computer Science course.

To learn more, visit the CS Discoveries Professional Learning Program page on

Computer Science Principles

The College Board has launched a new AP® course called AP® Computer Science Principles. The course 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. The official AP® exam will go live in the 2016-17 school year with an exam and portfolio-based assessment. AP CS Principles is an approved course in Texas (PEIMS # A3580300).

To learn more, visit the Computer Science Principles page on

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Teacher Interest Form now to be contacted when the application opens.
  2. Complete the program application on January 5, 2017. (Details and application link TBA)

The application window runs from January 5 – March 17, 2017, but seating is limited so mark your calendars to apply on January 5th! 

Questions? Contact, Amy Werst for more information.


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