What do you do when a breakout session just isn’t enough, but you don’t have time for a full-on workshop?
You take a deep dive, of course!
WeTeach_CS Deep Dives (June 8-9) is a special 1.5 day CS professional development event which picks up right where the WeTeach_CS Summit (June 5-7) leaves off. So, if the three days of the 2017 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 don’t worry, 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 subjects below. No problem–that’s what Deep Dives are for! Deep Dives courses are also great for administrators who want to learn the basics of a new curriculum or what’s involved in getting more teachers CS certified.
This year, WeTeach_CS Deep Dives will feature four popular CS PD course teachers have been asking for more of. The Deep Dive line up will include Bootstrap, Exploring Computer Science (ECS), Project GUTS, and a condensed version of our WeTeach_CS Certification Prep workshop. Each course will run all day (8:00am – 4:00pm) on Thursday and a half-day (8:00am – noon) on Friday.
And remember, whether you’re attending the full week or just Thursday and Friday, you may be eligible for Accommodations and Transportation Reimbursement from the Center for STEM Education at UT Austin. (See the WeTeach_CS Deep Dives event page for details)
When you register, you will be asked to choose from one of the four strands listed below.
Teach Your Students to Program, Mathematically 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 after school program. In Bootstrap, Your Students will Practice and Apply Solving word problems Coordinate planes and Graphing Functions and Variables Function Composition Inequalities in the Plane The Pythagorean Theorem In this Workshop, You Will Participate in a real classroom demonstration of the curriculum Build your own video game, using the math you already know Learn how TEKS Math Standards can be met through a STEM-focused programming curriculum Explore cutting-edge research on algebra education. Click for more information about Bootstrap
Exploring Computer Science (ECS)
The Exploring Computer Science professional development program is based on three major pillars: computer science content/concepts, inquiry, and equity. These pillars are woven throughout all of the support provided to our teacher community. Computer science instruction is modeled through role playing, jig sawing activities, pair and small-group collaboration, structured tinkering, multiple solutions, utilizing manipulatives, and simulations. We firmly believe that ECS teachers and students are part of a community where all learners have a voice and can make valuable contributions to the learning of the whole group. Click for more information about Exploring Computer Science (ECS)
Project GUTS — Growing Up Thinking Scientifically — is an integrated science and computer science program for middle school students serving schools and districts nationally. Growing up thinking scientifically means learning to look at the world and to ask questions, developing and using computer models to help answer questions through scientific inquiry, and using critical thinking to assess which ideas are reasonable and which are not. To grow up thinking scientifically means knowing science to be a computing-rich, dynamic, creative endeavor, a way of thinking, rather than a body of facts. Click for more information about Project GUTS
WeTeach_CS Certification Prep
The WeTeach_CS Certification Prep course provides an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test. Click for more information about WeTeach_CS Certification Prep
- When – June 8-9, 2017
- Where – UT-Austin Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center
- Cost – $120 per participant
- Registration Deadline – June 1, 2017
- Accommodations and Transportation Reimbursement – Participants may be eligible for accommodations and travel reimbursements from the Center for STEM Education at UT Austin. See event page for details.
- WeTeach_CS Summit registration does not guarantee a spot in a Deep Dives session, so be sure to register for both!
- You do not have to attend the WeTeach_CS Summit in order to attend the WeTeach_CS Deep Dives. These are separate events.