Code.org Computer Science Professional Learning

Code.org Computer Science Professional Learning

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Contact Brian Bates, Director of Professional Learning, at bbates@ltcillinois.org.

Supporting CS Teachers with Intensive, On-Going Support

As a Regional Partner for Code.org, the Learning Technology Center facilitates professional learning programs for current and future computer science educators. Through scholarships, these programs are available little-to-no cost so that Illinois educators and their districts can develop the capacity and expertise needed to operate an enriching computer science curriculum.

Free CS Curriculum Provided by Code.org

More than one million teachers have brought CS to their students using Code.org’s free curriculum. Below is an overview of each grade level.

  • CS Fundamentals (K-5)
  • CS Discoveries (6-8)
  • CS Principles (9-12)

Designed to be fun and engaging, Code.org’s progression of Computer Science Fundamentals blends online and “unplugged” non-computer activities to teach students computational thinking, problem solving, programming concepts and digital citizenship.

  • Audience: Elementary students, ages 4-11
  • Curriculum length: 6 courses, 10-25 hours each, optimized for grades K-5
  • Prior Knowledge: None! Just bring your curiosity
  • Cost to use curriculum: None

Learn more about CS Fundamentals from Code.org.

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory course that empowers students to engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun!

  • Audience: Middle and high school students, grades 6 – 10
  • Curriculum length: 50-150 hours, can be taught as a semester or full-year course
  • Prior knowledge: None! Just bring your curiosity.
  • Cost to use curriculum: None

Learn more about CS Discoveries at Code.org.

Computer Science Principles covers many topics including the Internet, Big Data and Privacy, and Programming and Algorithms. The curriculum is flexible to be taught as an AP or non-AP course.

  • Audience: High school students, grades 9 – 12
  • Curriculum length: 100-180 hours, should be taught as a full-year course. Contains 10 units, including a Create Performance Task prep unit.
  • Prior knowledge: None! Just bring your curiosity.
  • Cost to use curriculum: None

Learn more about CS Principles at Code.org.

LTC Professional Learning

In partnership with Code.org, the LTC provides optional professional learning opportunities to support new and experienced computer science educators as they adopt the Code.org curriculum.

Computer Science Fundamental

Free or Low Cost

Participants receive a hands-on intro to computer science, pedagogy, overviews of the Code.org online curriculum and teacher dashboard, as well as strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. At the end of the workshop, teachers will have:

  • A plan of action to start teaching CS Fundamentals.
  • An implementation plan for teaching two CS Fundamentals lessons
  • Goals for how deep into the course they would like to try to get.
  • Strategies for teaching CS Fundamentals lessons.
  • A connection to the community of CS Fundamentals teachers.
  • A printed curriculum guide with pedagogy, tips, and best practices.
  • A certificate of attendance

Attendee: K-5 Computer Science Teacher, Media/Library Specialist, General Education classroom teacher

Workshop Length: 1 Day

Cost: Free or low-cost

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Computer Science Discoveries

$1200 | Cohort Runs July 2021 - May 2022

Participation in this 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.

Attendee: New computer science teacher

Workshop Length: A year long program includes a one week summer workshop, 4 days of follow up workshops and online support.

Registration Process: Attendees must apply to be part of the CS Discoveries cohort. Application details are available on the links below.

Fee: $1200 per teacher.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be awarded based on information provided on the application. To attend the program at no cost, attendees must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • The participant’s school has students from marginalized racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in computer science where the rate is ≥ 50%.
  • 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%.

Computer Science Principles

$1200 | Cohort Runs June 2021 - May 2022

Participation in this 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.

Attendee: New computer science teacher

Workshop Length: A year long program includes a one week summer workshop, 4 days of follow up workshops and online support.

Registration Process: Attendees must apply to be part of the CS Discoveries cohort. Application details are available on the links below.

Fee: $1200 per teacher. 

Scholarships: Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be awarded based on information provided on the application. To attend the program at no cost, attendees must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • The participant’s school has students from marginalized racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in computer science where the rate is ≥ 50%.
  • 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%.