CSPdWeek has unfortunately been cancelled due to COVID-19
As we continue to monitor the situation concerning COVID-19, the CSPdWeek team has been taking public safety and public health seriously while trying to consider the needs of teachers who want professional development. Many of us are finding ourselves balancing full-time work with full-time childcare and working hard to adapt to empty store shelves, social distancing, and the challenges of distance learning. We know this is already impacting you, your students, and your families, and that continued uncertainly only makes an anxious time more stressful.
In an effort to protect public health and minimize the uncertainty, we have made the difficult to decision to cancel National CSPdWeek for 2020.
This decision was not made lightly. Educators are natural optimists—it’s in our blood to believe that the best outcome is always possible! But we feel that keeping things undecided at this point was doing more harm than good, and we know that teachers deserve clear communication and messaging. Your health matters more than our numbers. We hope to return in 2021, when the work of building our community and strengthening our professional networks will be more important than ever.
We also work with local and statewide CSPdWeek teams across the country, many of whom are still planning to run locally-based professional development this summer. National CSPdWeek may be cancelled this year, but we encourage you to investigate the opportunities that exist in your local communities.
This is an especially difficult time for the students and families who are the most vulnerable, and we are cognizant of the incredible lengths many of you are going to in order to continue teaching and serving those students right now. We are all in this together, and we are keeping you in our thoughts.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
—The CSPdWeek team
CSPdWeek is a week-long residential professional development experience for computer science educators to support teachers and schools in offering inclusive and rigorous computer science learning opportunities. Co-located programs include Bootstrap, NCWIT’s C4C (Counselors 4 Computing), and The Beauty and Joy of Computing (AP CS Principles).
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, 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.
In order to be eligible for ECS PD, teachers must commit to teaching ECS as a full course at the high school level in 2020-21. In addition, new teachers must commit to participating in the full ECS PD experience—5 days in summer 2020, 4 quarterly ECS Online PD sessions, and 5 additional days in summer 2021. ECS teachers who are interested in this program as their second summer of PD are welcome to apply as well.
The application deadline is TBD. Notifications of acceptance will be made in spring. In order to confirm your registration, you must submit a signed letter of commitment from your principal within a week of your notification of acceptance.