The Learning Technology Center, in partnership with Code.org, are offering Computer Science Discoveries and Principles professional learning programs to Illinois educators at low or no cost to develop the capacity and expertise of computer science educators throughout the state.
Participation in the full year-long program includes teaching materials, workshop supplies, nine days of professional development, and meals during workshops. Professional learning will occur during a week in the summer and four follow-up days throughout the school year. Additional travel costs are not covered and are the responsibility of the school or district.
All participants must attend the workshops of the professional learning program that correspond with the units they plan to teach in 2020-21; work in a school that intends to offer course in 2020-21 school year; be a first-time attendee of a Code.org year-long program; and use the resources to offer CS for the first time or expand CS offerings at the school.
In order to attend the program at no cost, attendees must meet ONE of the following criteria:
- The participant’s school has an underrepresented minority rate is ≥ 50%. Underrepresented minorities in CS include: Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native students.
- The participant’s school is non-rural with a percentage of students eligible for Free-and-Reduced-Meals at ≥50%.
- The participant’s school is rural with a percentage of students eligible for Free-and-Reduced-Meals at ≥40%.
Full scholarships are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you do not meet the requirements to attend at no cost, the program is $425 per teacher.