This summer, WeTeach_CS is bringing Bootstrap back to Texas—by popular demand!

Bootstrap provides an excellent introduction to computer science concepts, especially for students who are underrepresented in the CS classroom, and also gives math teachers a new way to connect students with algebraic thinking. 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. Sellouts of Bootstrap workshops are not uncommon, so make your plans to attend and register today!


Bootstrap Schedule for Summer 2018

See below for descriptions of workshop and follow-up events.


Bootstrap 3-Day Workshop

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


Bootstrap 1-Day Follow-Up Workshop

Bootstrap Follow-Up is intended for participants who have attended a Bootstrap training in the past with a need for additional review of the curriculum or added resources and implementation strategies.

Bootstrap follow-up PD always begins by asking teachers what they need, and sharing a menu of possible activities. Instructors then build the agenda for the day around their needs and interests. These activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Show me again – Reviewing elements from the curriculum
  • Enhancing the Design Recipe – extra games, activities, and ways to use the Design Recipe with your students
  • Reviewing, grading, and giving feedback on student work – finding common design recipe mistakes, and how to grade them
  • Deepening the math connection – ways to extend Bootstrap’s materials into other realms of math
  • Integration – teachers share areas where they’re struggling to integrate Bootstrap into their scope and sequence, and we offer guidance for how to do it.
  • Adding tools – many teachers use tools like Desmos and Quizziz. We talk about how to do this with Bootstrap, and share some pre-build Desmos/Quizziz activities as well.
  • Open-ended Q&A – teachers ask questions and share ideas, and the group answers


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