Professional Learning Opportunities

AP Computer Science Principles for High School

Are you interested in increasing opportunities for high school students to explore computer science? Looking for something with a broader curriculum than AP Computer Science A? The College Board has recently launched a new course that may just be the course for you: AP Computer Science Principles. Designed to be far more than a traditional introduction to programming, this is an engaging and approachable course that explores many of the big, foundational ideas of computing so that all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world in which we live. The Friday Institute is offering professional development to support this new course, utilizing two of the most popular curricula.

Code.org Professional Learning Program

As North Carolina’s regional partner for Code.org, The Friday Institute offers a program for teachers who are planning to implement Code.org computer science curricula. The professional learning program is an intensive, highly supportive program designed to prepare educators who have not necessarily taught or studied computer science previously to provide high quality instruction. The program includes:

  • A five-day summer workshop, which will fully prepare educators to utilize Code.org curricula and teacher support systems.
    • July 22 – 26 in Raleigh, NC (FULL: email me to be put on waitlist)
    • July 29 – August 2 in Raleigh, NC
  • Four one-day Saturday workshops during the school year when teachers will reconvene for ongoing training and just-in-time support.
  • Additional opportunities for online and face-to-face networking and collaboration with peers and industry professionals throughout the year.

The fee for the CS Principles year-long programs is $2,000 which includes 9 days of professional development, workshop materials, and eligible travel costs. We are able to make this available at 33% off the national cost thanks to generous contributions and support from Code.org and NC State University. In addition, thanks to funding support from The College Board, we are able to offer scholarships to public school educators in North Carolina to attend our CS Principles Professional Learning Program at no charge.

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Beauty and Joy of Computing AP CS Principles Summer Workshop

The Friday Institute is working with the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) team to offer professional development. The Beauty and Joy of Computing emphasizes the joy and complexity of creating visual computer programs and apps, balanced with critical reflection on both the potential benefits and harms of new computing technologies. We are still making plans for 2019.

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CS Discoveries for Middle Grades

Code.org Professional Learning Program

Computer Science Discoveries is a full-year introductory computer science survey course (can be implemented as two standalone semesters) for middle schools using Code.org curriculum. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students are empowered to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The program includes:

  • A five-day summer training, which will fully prepare educators to utilize Code.org curricula and teacher support systems.
    • June 24 – 28 in Raleigh, NC (FULL: email me to be put on waitlist)
    • July 15 – 19 in Charlotte, NC
    • July 22 – 26 in Raleigh, NC (FULL: email me to be put on waitlist)
    • July 29 – Aug 2 in Raleigh, NC (FULL: email me to be put on waitlist)
    • August 5 – 9 in Raleigh, NC
  • Four one-day Saturday workshops during the school year when teachers will reconvene for ongoing training and just-in-time support.
  • Additional opportunities for online and face-to-face networking and collaboration with peers and industry professionals throughout the year.

The fee for the CS Discoveries year-long programs is $2,000 which includes 9 days of professional development, workshop materials, and eligible travel costs. We are able to make this available at 33% off the national cost thanks to generous contributions and support from Code.org and NC State University.

Fortunately, the state of North Carolina has allocated funding to cover the cost of the program, as well as reasonable travel costs, for all NC public school teachers including charter school teachers.

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CSD Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed)!

The CSD Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) is designed to be used in either of two ways: in conjunction with the five-day, face-to-face professional development workshop that is offered each summer (described above) or as a stand-alone experience for teachers who have not attended a workshop. Though both experiences have similar goals, the face-to-face workshop uses role-play to actively explore and experiment with pedagogical techniques. In the online course, the focus is a deeper dive into content to bolster educators’ computer science understanding and into the pedagogy underpinning the course.

This course teaches participants how to:

  • Understand the CSD curriculum content and pedagogy
  • Prepare to implement a student inquiry-based approach in your classroom
  • Model effective learning practices for students through the lead learner model
  • Develop a broad view of computer science to inform your teaching
  • Understand CSD pedagogy and how to apply it in your classroom
  • Become part of a network of educators who are doing similar work; develop a community of practice

The Computer Science Discoveries MOOC-Ed opened on April 9th and will be available all summer.

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CS Fundamentals for Elementary Grades

Code.org Professional Learning Program

Elementary school teachers can sign up for a free, high-quality professional development workshop from an experienced computer science facilitator. The workshop will provide an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Workshops last 6-7 hours and will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5.  Teachers can search for scheduled workshops at https://code.org/professional-development-workshops.

We can also work with district and school leaders to host a free workshop for their teachers. For more information about our goals and approach to our courses, please see our curriculum values and our professional learning values.

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Infusing Computing

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

June 24-27, 2019

Charleston, SC

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We are recruiting middle and high school teachers willing to learn and implement new and innovative pedagogies for infusing computer science into their content areas. We are looking for individual teachers, as well as interdisciplinary, school-based teams of 3-4 teachers from NC and SC to attend the PD. Ideally, we are looking for teachers who do not solely teach computer science but are interested in integrating it into their content. Stipend, food, and travel funds will be provided.

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edcampCode: Beyond the Hour of Code Workshops for All Teachers

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Have you or your school hosted an Hour of Code? Are you looking to do more with coding in your class? You are not alone. In North Carolina, more than 5,000 teachers and 200,000 students have participated in Hour of Code activities. Many teachers and students are interested in bringing more opportunities to code and learn about computer science to their classrooms.

During these free workshops, teachers can:

  • Develop core computational thinking and computer science skills.
  • Explore hands-on activities leveraging these skills.
  • Discuss opportunities and strategies for integrating computational thinking and coding into their courses.
  • Create and share curricular activities for their classes through guided work.

An edcamp is a user-generated conference – commonly referred to as an “unconference”. Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. Edcamps are modeled after BarCamps, free participant-driven conferences with a primary focus on technology and computers. (via Wikipedia)

We are currently planning our next edcampCode. To receive updates and more information on edcampCode opportunities, please click on the button below.

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