CS Principles Professional Learning Program

The Code.org Computer Science Principles Professional Learning Program is an intensive professional learning program for high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Principles course. This program is designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the CS Principles curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.

What does a Code.org CS Principles educator do?

If accepted into the Code.org CS Principles 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 Principles curriculum to your students, and reflect on your experiences

How does it work?

The program has two components:

  • Code.org TeacherCon (Summer Workshop) - An intensive, hands-on, in-person workshop providing foundational experiences with computer science and the Code.org suite of tools. The five-day 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. Educators who plan to deliver the course as an AP will dive into the College Board requirements that come with an AP course.
  • 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?

Five-Day Summer Workshop: (Summer)

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

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

  • 4 days (24 hours) local, in-person workshops (usually on Saturdays)
  • 20 hours online, self-paced

Who can participate?

The CS Principles Professional Learning Program is open to educators who are interested in teaching the Code.org CS Principles course. We prioritize educators who plan to teach the course in grades 10, 11 and/or 12. In order to participate in this program, we ask that applicants:

  • Commit to participating in the full, year-long professional learning program
  • Work with their school administration to ensure that this course will be offered on the school's 2017-18 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.

Not sure if this is the right Code.org program for you? Check out our program recommendations to determine the best fit for your teaching situation.

Where is the program offered?

The CS Principles Professional Learning Program is available in regions served by Code.org's Regional Partners. Please check our Regional Partner Map to see if there is a partner in your area.

How to apply?

Applications for the 2018-19 CS Principles Professional Learning Program will open in January, 2018. If you are interested in joining in 2018-19, sign up below to be added to our contact list.