Code.Org. In July, teachers from across the country travelled to Chicago for a training summit in order to prepare to lead training sessions throughout the country. Code.Org is committed to improving access to computer science education for all children, especially at the elementary level. In support of this mission, they sponsor free classes for elementary and middle school teachers, librarians and curriculum specialists who are committed to bringing coding instruction into their classrooms and libraries.
Here is Code.Org founder, Hadi Pavtovi, explaining why computer science is for everyone:
My first two classes have been for teachers and librarians from NEISD and Northside ISD in San Antonio.
Regardless of what subject you teach, computer science is foundational knowledge for all students in the 21st century. Incorporating it in your classroom will give your students a huge leg up. This is a subject the kids love learning!
With the help of Code.org, I am providing no cost, one-day workshops for elementary school teachers interested in teaching computer science. What's in a workshop?
In-person instruction, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Over 10,000 teachers have participated in a workshop and the majority say it’s the best professional development they've ever attended.
All costs are covered by Code.org! There is no charge for these workshops. You'll also receive (at no cost to you):
- Printed curriculum guide
- Certificate of completion
- Classroom supplies for the unplugged lessons
- Fun Code.org swag
If you are interested in scheduling a class for teachers at your school or at ESC-Region 20, please contact me!