As we have seen in ongoing research, effective teacher learning requires multiple professional development sessions over time, with lots of opportunities to grow and reflect.
Summer 1Prior to implementation, this week-long summer institute introduces the instructional philosophy and content from the early units.
Quarterly PDsDuring the school year, quarterly PDs focus on remaining units and the three strands: CS Concepts, Inquiry, and Equity. Most quarterly PDs are online.
Unit 1: Human Computer Interaction
Students are introduced to the concepts of computer and computing while investigating the major components of computers and the suitability of these components for particular applications.
Unit 2: Problem Solving
Students will have opportunities to become “computational thinkers” by applying problem-solving techniques, thinking abstractly and applying and creating algorithms.
Unit 3: Web Design
Students expand their knowledge of algorithms, abstraction, and web page design and apply it to the creation of web pages and documentation for users and equipment.
Unit 4: Programming
Students design algorithms and create programming solutions to a variety of computational problems using an iterative development process in Scratch.
Unit 5: Computing & Data Analysis
Students explore how computing has facilitated new methods of managing and interpreting data, finding patterns using their own, local data and a variety of large data sets.
Unit 6: Robotics
This unit introduces how robotics enables innovation by automating processes that may be problematic for humans. Students explore how to integrate hardware and software.