Posted: Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:37 pm EST
Recently CS for All Teachers was included in a publication for computer science professional development. This guide contains four steps for education leaders to use to build computer science capacity among K-12 teachers, counselors, and administrators. Below is a summary of the steps from this guide. Click here to access the guide, from the National Center for Women & Information Technology website.
Step 1 - Define your program’s student learning objectives
- Create a CS leadership team and meet with them to discuss your school’s program, curriculum and overall philosophy.
- Get to know the CS learning and performance standards relevant to your state.
- Work together with teachers to develop a curriculum based on your goals.
- Commit to the ongoing assessment and growth of your CS program.
Step 2 - Match teachers with professional development that fits your goals and priorities
- Take advantage of teacher-tested STEM and CS lessons and easy-entry learning opportunities.
- Get to know the many professional development vendors and offerings you can choose from.
- Consider programs that combine initial professional development and classroom curricula in one.
- Connect teachers with opportunities and information focused on creating and leading a diverse and equitable classroom.
- Show teachers the fun and creative side of CS by having them complete an Hour of Code activity on Code.org.
- Enable teachers to attend a professional development conference.
- Research certification opportunities for your teachers.
- Encourage experienced teachers to help with the initial professional development of new teachers.
- Provide teachers with support from industry volunteers through the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Classroom Enrichment model.
Step 3 - Connect teachers with ongoing support
- Bring together K-12 CS teachers from across your district to create your own teacher working group.
- Encourage and support your teachers’ memberships to the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).
- Explore individual and group memberships to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
- Invite teachers to join the virtual community at CS for All Teachers.
Step 4 - Enlist and empower other supports
- Meet with your counselors to discuss their role in increasing student access to computing education and careers.
- Show counselors the fun and creative side of CS by having them complete an Hour of Code activity on Code.org.
- Bring a Counselors for Computing (C4C) professional development workshop to your area, at no cost to participants.
- Connect counselors with tools to create equity and opportunity in CS classes.
- Engage in some of the same steps teachers are going through in their professional development.
- Participate in teacher working groups (see Step 3).
- Tour CS classrooms in other schools.
- Learn how to make enrollment in your CS classes reflect the demographics of your school as a whole.