If you’re attending SIGCSE 2017 in Seattle, WA, be sure to checkout these sessions featuring our own Carol Fletcher, Deputy Director of the Center for STEM Education, talking about CS for All, CS certification, and professional development. (See the online program for more details.)

Building CS Teaching Capacity: Comparing Strategies for Achieving Large Scale Impact

Thursday, March 9, 1:45-3:00pm

ABSTRACT Many states are taking up the President’s challenge to provide CS for All. One of the most significant barriers to realizing this goal is the lack of trained and certified CS teachers. Building teacher capacity on a large scale is a challenge each of these panelists has tackled in their own region. Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of targeting in-service vs. pre-service teachers, online vs. face-to-face training, carrots vs. sticks, top down vs. bottom up strategies, and long-term vs. short term solutions to building capacity across an entire state or metropolitan area. Panelists represent CS for All efforts from Texas, New York City, and Arkansas.


  • Carol Fletcher (UT Austin Center for STEM Education)
  • Leigh Ann Delyser (CSNYC)
  • Anthony Owen (Arkansas Department of Education)
  • Kimberly Hughes – Moderator (UTeach, The University of Texas at Austin)


High School CS Teacher Certification: Standards, Assessments, and Professional Development

Thursday, March 9, 5:30-6:30pm

ABSTRACT CS Education in primary and secondary schools has experienced a renaissance in the last few years as the CS for All initiative has gained traction across the nation. CS curricula abound and a new AP course, CS Principles, has been deployed that aims to broaden participation. Lack of consensus exists however in what constitutes a qualified CS teacher. A widely accepted and adopted modern certification/licensure process (CSTA 2013) must be developed. Professional development that can be rapidly scaled to build CS teacher capacity is required to realize the vision of CS for All across the nation.

In this session we will engage state and national CS thought leaders to discuss the CS certification process, educator standards, and certification tests across various states to determine opportunities for future collaboration. What are the content standards that all beginning CS teachers must meet? What if any specific CS pedagogical topics need to be assessed? Applications today are built in teams and often deployed and distributed in the cloud. Are these topics too advanced for high school CS or should they be integral? How can professional development be designed to help teachers across multiple states meet certification standards? The existing standards from the ETS CS Certification test (Texas Education Agency, 2010) currently used in multiple states will serve as the baseline for group discussion and feedback.


  • Carol Fletcher (UT Austin Center for STEM Education)
  • Wesley Monroe (UT Austin Center for STEM Education)

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