UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

In partnership with Code.org, Arizona educators have the opportunity to take the first steps in bringing computer science to their schools. Check out our upcoming CS workshops for educators.

What can you expect from a Code.org Workshop? 

  • Engaging workshop experiences 
  • Teaching and learning in context 
  • A collaborative, participant-centric approach 
  • One cohesive set of resources

Scholarships are available for computer science professional learning.

CS Fundamentals

The Intro workshop is designed for elementary educators new to teaching computer science who want to explore how to begin teaching the CS Fundamentals curriculum. Join your peers and experienced facilitators to get a hands-on introduction to computer science, pedagogy, overviews of the online curriculum and teacher dashboard, as well as strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. For more information or to host a workshop at your school or district please contact cs@azscience.org.

July 6–8, 2020

Due to COVID-19, this 8-hour workshop will be taught virtually, spread over three days, and include synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

July 6 2 hours synchronous learning
July 7 4 hours asynchronous learning & office hours with a facilitator
July 8 2 hours synchronous learning

Register Here

CS Deep Dive

The Deep Dive is designed for elementary educators who have started teaching CS Fundamentals but want to more deeply understand Code.org’s approach to teaching CS and need strategies to fully implement the curriculum. Developed with Code.org’s professional learning values in mind, the 7-hour Deep Dive workshop provides teachers with a hands-on learning experience with other like-minded teachers. Teachers are given the space to work through the individual challenges in carefully crafted sessions led by experienced facilitators. For more information or to host a workshop at your school or district please contact cs@azscience.org.

Dates TBD

Applications for CS Discoveries and CS Principles are now being accepted!

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all sessions of the five-day CS Discoveries and CS Principles summer courses, originally scheduled to be held at CREATE at Arizona Science Center (June 8-12) and Arizona State University in Tempe (July 20-24), will now be held virtually.

The virtual workshops will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences and will be held between July 15-17 & 20-21. The decision will be made closer to each of the 4 Academic Workshop days if they will be held in person or virtually based on the CDC guidelines in place at that time.

CS Discoveries Workshop

July 15-17 & 20-21, 2020
Virtual Workshop
More information coming soon!

CS Principles Workshop

July 15-17 & 20-21, 2020
Virtual Workshop
More information coming soon!


Program Information

For Arizona teachers, CS Discoveries and CS Principles workshops are offered at no cost for up to 50 teachers accepted into the program. Preference is given to teachers who teach in a high needs school or in a school with a diverse student population and limited funding for computer science in the district.

If you don't meet the criteria to attend at no cost, the program is still only $500 per teacher, which is an 83% discount off the national cost thanks to our generous supporters: Arizona Science Center and Code.org. Check with your school or district to see if CS PD funding is available! Your district can also apply for CS PD funding from the ADE (details).

The program fee covers the full year-long program including your teaching materials, workshop supplies, 9 days of professional development, on-campus parking, and your meals during workshops. Additional travel costs (i.e., mileage and lodging costs) are not covered.

The curriculum, online student learning platform, and access to support from the teacher and code.org community are available to all schools year-round.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis!

Did you know?

As the Regional Partner, Arizona Science Center provides K–12 teachers opportunities to engage in professional learning that will enable them to effectively teach computer science.


 

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout the economy and society

Arizona currently has 9,860 open computing jobs, almost three times the average jo demand rate in Arizona. Open jobs in computing alone represent more than $860 million in terms of economic opportunity for Arizona residents. 

Significant disparities exist between the need for building Arizona’s computer science (CS) workforce and access to CS education for students, and most notably for underrepresented groups. The biggest challenge in providing students with equitable access to CS is that there are still not enough teachers to teach it. The biggest misconception that schools and teachers have about teaching CS is that it takes years of preparation.


 

If you’re interested in supporting this or other professional development opportunities, please contact Tammy Stewart, Chief Development Officer, at stewartt@azscience.org or 602.716.2000 ext. 223.