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Get Those Calendars Ready: New T&L Events on the Horizon!

Get Those Calendars Ready: New T&L Events on the Horizon!

I am excited to share a few things with you the T&L team has coming up in the near future--opportunities I know you and your colleagues will love. 

We’re excited to announce that applications for our Code.org Professional Learning Program for middle and high school teachers are now open. If your school plans to offer these courses in 2021-22, please encourage interested teachers to apply today.

The Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long event for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching CS Discoveries or CS Principles (high school) courses. This program is designed to prepare educators to provide high-quality instruction based on the Code.org curriculum, tools and approach. Best of all, no prior computer science experience is needed to get started! 

Teachers who apply and are accepted into the program are required to attend a five-day, virtual summer workshop on June 21-25, 2021 (CS Discoveries), and July 12-16, 2021 (CS Principles), and are strongly recommended to:

  • Attend four local, one-day, in-person workshops (usually on Saturdays).
  • Teach the course during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course representative of the school’s overall student population.

The fee for participating in this program is $500 per teacher. If you require financial assistance, though, scholarships are available! The fee or scholarship covers the full year-long program and includes teaching materials, workshop supplies, 9 days of professional development and meals during in-person workshops. Additional travel costs are not covered.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit our Professional Learning Program page.

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Next is a new social-emotional learning (SEL) video study that Tammy Dillard will lead. Each session will use a segment from Edutopia's “How Learning Happens” video series and will feature a brief video, discussion and most importantly, an opportunity to network with other educators as we all strive to strengthen SEL practices in our schools.  

Every meeting is stand alone event. We know schedules change and life happens. While we want to see you as often as possible, there are no requirements, no assignments and no homework. We'll start on February 1st, plan to run until spring break, and then evaluate if we feel continuing longer makes sense. We will meet each week at 3:30-4:00 on Monday afternoons. For more information, contact Tammy Dillard

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Lastly, OPSRC would like to help you celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2. If you would like one of our staff members to join your classroom virtually and read aloud to your students, just let us know. Because there are not many of us and quite a few of you, please get your requests in soon. Just suggest a book or poem or give us an idea of a topic and let us choose. We will connect you with one of our volunteers and set up the Zoom or Google meeting. 

Contact Jean Potter for more information or to request a read-aloud partner.

I hope you find these opportunities as exciting as I do. Please feel free to share these events with your friends and colleagues. If we can do anything to help you finish this semester strong, don’t hesitate to ask. 

Jason Midkiff

Director

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