Make Computer Science Part of Your Professional Learning

Over the next few months, we will be sharing all kinds of resources related to Computer Science Professional Development — from stories by teachers and Computer Science Professional Development experts to podcasts, graphics, Facebook Live events, and other fun surprises ;).

This is a conversation and we would love to hear your ideas and feedback along the way! Is there anything in particular about Computer Science (CS) that you’d like to hear about?

We are exploring the intersection of Computer Science and Professional Development to champion CS education and the teachers who bring it to life and to support the launch of our own CS professional learning opportunity.

Computer Science and Game Design for Teachers

From its inception, Zulama has been committed to helping teachers become life-changing mentors to their students and providing teachers with personalized, fun, and rigorous learning opportunities. To that end, we’re SO excited about the launch of our Computer Science and Game Design Professional Development Course and Certificate, created in partnership with the Computer Science Teachers Association.

With the rapid growth of CS-related careers, we want to give all teachers a chance to learn how to bring engaging CS experiences to their students. Our self-paced, interactive course will do just that, and this year we’re aiming to teach 2,000 teachers across the country about the joys of CS and Game Design.

A Bit More about the Course

Our 30-hour professional development course is designed for K-12 Teachers, experienced coders and novices alike. This online course is fun and highly interactive while also being rigorous enough to align with the K-12 CS Framework and the CSTA standards. In the course, teachers will:

  • learn and apply game design principles and programming skills.
  • use industry-standard tools to design and code an original video game and showcase it in their own digital portfolio.
  • interact with other teachers who are learning about and teaching CS.
  • receive a Computer Science and Game Design Certificate, upon completion of the course.

You can learn more about the course and register for it here.

Why CS Matters: The State of CS Education

  • Over 7.7 million Americans use computers in complex ways in their jobs (Change the Equation, 2015).
  • Nearly half of those 7.7 million work in fields that are not directly tied to science, technology, engineering, and math (Change the Equation, 2015).
  • Fewer than half of K–12 schools offer computer science courses with programming included (Google & Gallup, 2016).

Level Up Your Teaching Skills: Computer Science Professional Development – Part 2

Emmanuel Schanzer, Founder and Program Director of Bootstrap, and Marina Theodotou, Director of Professional Development at the Computer Science Teachers Association, joined Nikki Navta to discuss fun and effective CS professional development opportunities. They provide insight into how all teachers, from English teachers to technology specialists, can access great PD and bring Computer Science to their classrooms.

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Level Up Your Teaching Skills: Computer Science Professional Development – Part 1

Emmanuel Schanzer, Founder and Program Director of Bootstrap, and Marina Theodotou, Director of Professional Development at the Computer Science Teachers Association, joined Nikki Navta to discuss fun and effective CS professional development opportunities. They provide insight into how all teachers, from English teachers to technology specialists, can access great PD and bring Computer Science to their classrooms.

Part 1 of 2

Equity in Computer Science Education – Part 2

Leigh Ann DeLyser, co-chair of the CSforAll Consortium, joined Nikki Navta to discuss efforts to make Computer Science education more equitable. They offer advice and strategies to teachers who are working to make their CS curriculum more inclusive, and they discuss larger-scale changes that would allow students from all different backgrounds to engage with CS.

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Equity in Computer Science Education – Part 1

Leigh Ann DeLyser, co-chair of the CSforAll Consortium, joined Nikki Navta to discuss efforts to make Computer Science education more equitable. They offer advice and strategies to teachers who are working to make their CS curriculum more inclusive, and they discuss larger-scale changes that would allow students from all different backgrounds to engage with CS.

Part 1 of 2