Code.org Regional Partner
Through our partnership with Code.org, we are bringing high-quality, computer science-focused training to educators across Arizona. Code.org’s program supports K–12 teachers and principals in their efforts to develop the fundamental knowledge and strategies they need to create the next generation of coders. If you’ve ever considered teaching computer science or know other teachers who might love it, Code.org’s professional learning programs are an ideal place to begin.
Code.org has helped prepare nearly 100K elementary, middle, and high school teachers to offer computer science, 98 percent of whom say they would recommend the program to another teacher.
Generously supported by GoDaddy.
Applications for CS Discoveries and CS Principles are now being accepted!
CS Discoveries Workshops
June 8–12, 2020
CREATE at Arizona Science Center®
July 20–24, 2020
Arizona State University
CS Principles Workshops
July 20–24, 2020
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ, USA
(In conjunction with CSPD Week)
The Professional Learning Program is a yearlong commitment, consisting of a five-day in-person summer workshop, plus follow up academic year workshops hosted in-person or virtually. Individuals who complete the year-long commitment are able to apply the training towards a computer science endorsement. To learn more click HERE.
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?
- Public school districts and charter schools (grades 9–12) that do not currently offer computer science instruction can apply for grant dollars through the Computer Science Professional Development Fund.
- Arizona recently approved two computer science endorsement options for educators - and Code.org CS Professional Learning course hours are eligible to count toward requirements.
- Arizona adopted K–12 Computer Science standards in 2018.
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.
- Professional Learning Program: https://code.org/professional-learning
- CS Fundamentals: https://code.org/educate/curriculum/elementary-school
- CS Discoveries: https://code.org/csd
- CS Principles: https://code.org/csp
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.
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.
If you’re interested in supporting this or other professional development opportunities, please contact Tammy Stewart, Chief Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.716.2000 ext. 223.