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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 6, 10, 13, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
March 6, 10, 13, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
April 10, 14, 17, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
May 1, 5, 8, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
*The course is split into smaller chunks over the 3 days in lieu of a full day on zoom
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 email@example.com.
Applications For CS Discoveries And CS Principles Are Now Being Accepted
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course appropriate for 6th - 10th-grade students. The curriculum emphasizes problem-solving, creation, and collaboration while introducing students to the many ways computer science impacts their lives. CS Discoveries is designed to be taught as a single semester (Units 1-3), two semesters over multiple years, or as a full-year course. No computer science background is necessary for students or teachers. Applications will open on December 1, 2020.
Computer Science Principles (CS Principles) is an introductory Advanced Placement (AP) course designed to broaden participation in computer science for 9th-12th grade students. CS Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science while challenging them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. No computer science background is necessary for students or teachers. Applications will open on December 1, 2020.
CS Discoveries and CS Principles professional learning programs are year-long programs consisting of a 5-day workshop held during the summer, followed by 4 quarterly one-day sessions throughout the school year. Each of the follow-up sessions are held on a Saturday and engage participants in continued learning of the curriculum, pedagogy, and resources needed for a successful year.
Applications for 2021 CS Discoveries and CS Principles cohorts will open on December 1, 2020. The cost of the year-long program is $1,500 per participant. However, thanks to corporate sponsors such as GoDaddy, we are able to reduce the cost to $500 per participant. There are a limited number of full scholarships available for teachers who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- A minimum of 50% of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch services.
- A minimum of 50% of the student population are underrepresented minorities.
- The school is classified as rural per NCES (locale codes 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43), AND a minimum of 40% of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch services.
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 10,640 open computing jobs, almost three times the average job demand rate in Arizona. Open jobs in computing alone represent more than $932 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.
Arizona Science Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: GoDaddy
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.