Computer Science Hub

Whether new to teaching computer science or those with several years experience, the LTC’s comprehensive professional learning opportunities support teachers with diverse backgrounds.

Supporting CS with Local and National Partnerships

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.

  • Elementary School (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • High School (9-12)
  • Administrators

Computer Science Fundamentals (Grades K-5)

CS Fundamentals is an introductory workshop designed for elementary educators new to teaching computer science who want to explore how to begin teaching the CS Fundamentals curriculum. Over 85,000 teachers have participated in our original workshop! Join your peers and experienced facilitators to get a hand on intro to computer science, pedagogy, overviews of the online curriculum and teacher dashboard, as well as strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. At the end of the workshop, teachers will have:

At the end of the workshop, teachers will have:

  • A plan of 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

More information about CS Fundamentals is available on Code.org.

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

Workshop Length: 1 Day

Cost: Free or low-cost

Computer Science Fundamentals: Deep Dive (Grades K-5)

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, most of whom were (and often still are) classroom teachers.

Teachers will leave their Deep Dive workshop not only with an understanding of the details, philosophy, values, and rationale behind how the CS Fundamentals course is structured but also with a customized plan for how to implement more of the CS Fundamentals courses. Teachers will have ideas for fostering and developing a strong classroom rapport that nurtures learners of all types and strategies for addressing roadblocks to implementation. Ongoing support through the Code.org teacher forum and online support after the workshop will continue to build a strong community of practice and support for participating teachers.

At the end of the workshop, teachers will have:

  • A concrete plan for offering more CS Fundamentals lessons at their school.
  • Strategies for addressing roadblocks to implementation, including specific issues experienced in lessons taught thus far.
  • Ideas to foster and develop strong classroom rapport that nurtures learners of all types.

More information about CS Fundamentals is available on Code.org.

Attendee: K-5 Computer Science Teacher, Media/Library Specialist, General Education classroom teacher who have taught CS Fundamentals

Workshop Length: 1 Day

Cost: Free or low-cost

Upcoming CS Fundamental Workshops

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Computer Science Discoveries (Grades 6-10)

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course for 6 – 10th grade students. Mapped to CTSA standards, the course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving, programming, physical computing, user centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems.

CS Discoveries can be flexibly taught as a single semester, two semesters over multiple years, or as a full-year course. Options are even available for less than one semester. Our curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach.  More information about Code.org CS Principles is available on Code.org.

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 are available through the application process and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In order 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%. 

As you know, planning for the upcoming summer is full of uncertainty. Given the unknowns, we are restructuring the CS Discoveries and CS Principles workshops to a blended-learning virtual online experience.

 

Upcoming CS Discoveries Programs

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Computer Science Principles (Grades 9-12)

Code.org Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in.

This year-long course can be taught as an introductory course and as an AP course – no prerequisites required for students or for teachers new to computer science! In addition, the Code.org curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach. More information about Code.org CS Principles is available on Code.org.

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 Principles cohort. Application details are available on the links below.

Fee: $1200 per teacher. Scholarships are available through the application process and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In order 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%.

As you know, planning for the upcoming summer is full of uncertainty. Given the unknowns, we are restructuring the CS Discoveries and CS Principles workshops to a blended-learning virtual online experience.

Upcoming CS Principles Programs

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Administrators

Details about administrator presentations will be posted in April.

Upcoming Administrator Opportunities

There are no upcoming events at this time.