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Staff Spotlight: Catherine Jacques and Traci Karageorge

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Each month, we highlight a member of the CS for All Teachers community. Here, we get to know two staff members on the CS for All Teachers project team.

Traci Karageorge & Catherine Jacques 

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About Traci (L) and Catherine (R)

Catherine Jacques and Traci Karageorge are with the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Catherine’s work focuses on systems and supports for educator effectiveness, including teacher leadership. Traci’s work has focused largely on designing and facilitating a range of professional learning experiences in both virtual and in-person settings. Together, Catherine and Traci developed and led the implementation of the Teacher Leadership in CS (TLCS) micro-credentials for CS for All Teachers. 

 

Can you tell us about your work?

Through our work with ambassadors and other CS teachers, the CS for All Teachers team has learned that there are many skills and attributes that CS teachers need to develop to be successful. These skills and attributes go beyond those associated with traditional teaching roles, often aligning closely with the skills and attributes associated with teacher leadership. Given the dearth of professional development specifically focused on CS teaching, CS teachers may benefit from more specialized and targeted professional development supports that focus on the teacher leadership skills most important in CS education. In response to this potential need, CS for All Teachers developed a micro-credential cluster on teacher leadership in CS.

What micro-credentials are included in the cluster?

There are five micro-credentials included in the stack, which focus on the following topics:

1. Equity in CS

2. Collaboration in CS

3. Building a CS Program

4. Advocacy for CS

5. CS Policy

What do the credentials offer CS teachers?

These professional learning modules offer current and aspiring CS teacher leaders a clear “roadmap” for developing and demonstrating key teacher leadership skills. Further, educators can use these CS teacher leadership micro-credentials for professional development credits, certification, or future growth opportunities. Educators who earn these micro-credentials develop and refine their content knowledge, actively reflect on their achievements, and earn professional development credits (30 hours per micro-credential or 150 hours for the entire cluster). The participants in the 2020-21 micro-credential pilot also had opportunities to make professional connections with other CS teacher leaders and national experts.