ATTENTION Middle and High School Teachers!
Computer science is expanding in schools across Alaska! As the Code.org Regional Partner, the Alaska Staff Development Network (ASDN) is pleased to invite you to be part of our 2020 Code.org curriculum trainings in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Bethel.
Code.org’s curriculum is the most popular in the nation for K-12 computer science.
- It provides courses for every grade band.
- Is used in more than 180 of the largest school districts in the U.S.
- Is aligned to the new Alaska Computer Science Standards.
- Importantly, it is provided to any educator for free, forever.
- NO previous experience teaching computer science is needed to learn it.
Summer 5-Day Workshops
The Code.org Professional Learning Program begins with a five-day, in-person summer workshop, followed by four additional sessions throughout the year. This model is designed to support middle and high school teachers before and during their first year teaching Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles.
CS DISCOVERIES WORKSHOPS (CSD) – 6th-10th grade level
What is CS Discoveries? Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course for 6 – 10th grade students. This 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.
June 1-5, 2020 – Anchorage
June 8-12, 2020 – Fairbanks
*Partial travel support may be available for approved CS Discoveries participants.
CS PRINCIPLES WORKSHOP (CSP) – 9th-12th grade level
What is CS Principles? 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.
Code.org AP CSP is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP®. CS Principles syllabus is pre-approved by the College Board’s AP Course Audit, and an officially recognized professional development that prepares teachers to teach this course.
June 1-5, 2019 – Anchorage
August 3-7 – Bethel
*Full travel scholarships are available for CS Principle participants (flights, lodging) for approved participants.
In order to participate in this program, ASDN asks that applicants:
- Commit to participating in the full, year-long professional learning program
- Plan to teach the course in the 2020-21 school year
- For CS Discoveries, teach students between 6th and 10th grade
- For CS Principles, teach students between 9th and 12th grade
- Support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s student population
- Teachers will need their principal to sign off on their application, and principals will need to agree that the teacher will teach the course in the 2020-21 school year