See you in Bloomington, IN July 15-20!

This summer, we are pleased to announce that Exploring Computer Science will be offering our week-long summer PD alongside about 20 other CS & Maker PD programs at Infosys Foundation’s Pathfinders Summer Institute, July 15-20, 2018 at Indiana University Bloomington. Applications are due by April 27. Details and the application can be found at InfyPathfinders.org. See our Teacher Program page for more information about our PD program.

Our commitment to equity includes ensuring that teachers and students who are underrepresented in CS have access to meaningful learning opportunities. As such, we encourage teachers from underrepresented groups or who serve large populations of students from underrepresented groups to apply to our PDs, including but not limited to teachers of color; LGBTQ+ teachers; teachers with disabilities; and teachers serving low-income students, students in rural districts, and/or students who are members of the groups above.

Participation in ECS summer PD includes a $1,000 stipend, and travel, room, and board are all provided. All costs for those teachers accepted for ECS PD will be covered by a combination of Infosys and NSF funds, and you will not have to do any independent fundraising. 

The application process concluded on April 27. If you did not get a chance to apply but are interested in other PD opportunities with us, see information about our partnerships at the bottom of the page.

As momentum for CS for All grows nationally, Infosys Foundation has decided that a larger, more broadly-focused event is the best way to meet the needs of the broad range of teachers who will participate in PD. As a result, CSPdWeek will not take place in 2018. Instead, all the CSPdWeek programs that provided PD at CSPdWeek will be part of the Pathfinders Summer Institute, which will include over 20 co-located K-12 CS & Maker PDs. We will be offering our regular week-long PD as part of Infosys Foundation’s new project. 

In recent summers, we offered our weeklong professional development workshop at CSPdWeek at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. CSPdWeek was an annual summer program in which ECS partnered with a number of different computer science education organizations, including Bootstrap and others, to offer a rich summer institute with a variety of co-located PD programs.

As a reminder, in order to be eligible for ECS PD, teachers must commit to teaching ECS as a full course at the high school level in 2018-19. In addition, new teachers must commit to participating in the full ECS PD experience—5 days in summer 2018, 4 quarterly ECS Online PD sessions, and 5 additional days in summer 2019. ECS teachers who are interested in this program as their second summer of PD are welcome to apply as well.

If you are a teacher in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia, or Wisconsin, or if you teach as part of Chicago Public Schools or NYC Public Schools, there may be regionally-based ECS PDs in your area that you should consider first. Please see information about our statewide and district partnerships at the bottom of this page.

• Applicants will need to submit an administrator letter of support indicating that they will teach ECS next year and participate in the full PD experience. The letter should be downloaded from the Pathfinders website (link is next to ECS description) and completed prior to starting the application process.

• Please note that the funding and deadlines listed here may be different from other Pathfinders programs. Details stated on this page are true for ECS only.

• As part of the application, Infosys will require you to go to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) school search website, look up your school, and report some of the data you find. This is what the search page looks like:

Below is an example of the result if you look up Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, AL. This image shows where to find the information needed for the Pathfinders application. Click to expand—it’ll be easier to see on a desktop computer.

Statewide Partnerships

Statewide partnerships providing regionally-based PD to teachers include:

Connecticutjkveseskis@gmail.com
Maine Application
Massachusetts Application
Mississippi shelly.hollis@rcu.msstate.edu
UtahApplication
Virginia training@codevirginia.org
Wisconsin Application

Chicago Public Schools and NYC Public Schools also offer district-wide partnerships.

For further information and inquiries regarding ECS Professional Development in summer 2018 please contact Gail Chapman — chapgail@gmail.com.