CS Discoveries Professional Learning Program

The Code.org Computer Science Discoveries Professional Learning Program is an intensive professional learning program for middle school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries course either as a semester or full-year offering. This program is designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the CS Discoveries curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.

Applications for the 2017-18 CS Discoveries Professional Learning Program are closed. If you are still interested in joining in 2018-19, sign up below to be added to our contact list.

What does a Code.org CS Discoveries educator do?

If accepted into the Code.org CS Discoveries Professional Learning Program, you will:

  • Join a nationwide community of educators working to change the face of computer science education
  • Participate in in-person and online professional development
  • Plan and deliver the CS Discoveries curriculum to your students, and reflect on your experiences

How does it work?

The program has two components:

  • Code.org TeacherCon - An intensive, hands-on, in-person workshop providing foundational experiences with computer science and the Code.org suite of tools. The week-long workshop is the primary capacity building experience for teachers prior to their first year of instruction. Participants will explore the curriculum and tools, consider and experiment with specific classroom management and teaching strategies, and build a local community of teachers who are using this curriculum.
  • Continuing Professional Development - A menu of online and local in-person professional development options from which educators can build a customized personal learning pathway. This phase of the program is blended, with ongoing in-person meetings as well as online activities.
    • The in-person meetings are run by local facilitators. They focus on the essential elements of the course, such as teaching new content, keeping the classroom environment equitable and engaging, and continuing to build pedagogical strategies.
    • The online activities are focused on building the online professional learning community, providing continued support with tools and content, introducing new and helpful resources for teaching the course, and further exploring the curriculum.

What are the program commitments?

Code.org TeacherCon: (Summer)

  • 5 days in-person. Dates and locations vary by district.

Continuing Professional Development: (September - June of following academic year)

  • 4 days (24 hours) in-person, hosted locally around the nation
  • 20 hours online, self-paced

Who can participate?

The CS Discoveries Professional Learning Program is open to teachers who are interested in teaching the Code.org CS Discoveries course. We prioritize educators who plan to teach the course to grades 7, 8 and/or 9. In order to participate, we ask that educators:

  • Commit to participating in the full, year-long professional development program
  • Work with their school administration to ensure that this course will be offered on the school's master schedule
  • Support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school's student population
  • Teach the course in a school served by one of Code.org's Regional Partners. To find out if your area is served by one of our Regional Partners, please visit our Regional Partner Map.

Where is the program offered?

We currently offer the CS Discoveries Professional Learning Program in locations where we have Regional Partners. Please check our Regional Partner Map to see if there is a partner in your area.

How to apply?

Applications for the 2017-18 CS Discoveries Professional Learning Program have closed. If you are still interested in joining in 2018-19, sign up below to be added to our contact list.