A One-Day virtual conference on Computer Science
By current estimates, there are over 400,000 open computing jobs across the country, with over 14,000 of those gainful positions in Illinois alone. Despite that, only 70,000 students nationwide graduated into the computing workforce last year. That discrepancy between opportunity and education preparation begs the question – how can we better prepare today’s students to join a lucrative job market and solve tomorrow’s digital problems with ease?
The solution is clear – we must introduce computer science to our students as early as possible and provide them with pathways that prepare them for a career in this rapidly expanding and diversifying field. With new state-level CS standards to address this need on the horizon, many Illinois school districts face the task of kick-starting or growing their CS program in the near term – a sizable undertaking for districts large and small.
If you’re looking to climb that mountain, don’t go at it alone. Join your peers from across the Prairie State for the 2022 Computer Science Symposium. This one-day, virtual gathering will feature numerous presenters from around the state who are excited to share their CS teaching experiences from across multiple grade levels. CS Symposium attendees will also have the chance to obtain proven curricular resources that can help their school or district fan the flames of their burgeoning CS program without needing to reinvent the wheel.
Don’t miss out on this brand-new opportunity to cultivate computer science teaching and learning in your district, both during the current school year and for many prosperous school years to come. The climb to the CS summit starts here!
When and Where
Date: January 14, 2022
PD Hours: TBD
Who Should Attend?
This virtual event is geared toward educators with a role to play in planning for and facilitating computer science education in their building or district, including:
- STEM teachers
- library media specialists
- curriculum directors
Administrators are also encouraged to attend and learn about new state-level CS standards covering grade school through high school students.
Please contact Brian Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.