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We Want You! (To Join Code.org's Professional Learning Program)

We Want You! (To Join Code.org's Professional Learning Program)

A pretty incredible opportunity to join Code.org's professional learning program!

Did you know computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States? Did you also know there are 500,000 current computing openings in every industry and every state, and they’re projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs? Around 90% of parents want their child to study computer science, but only 35% of high schools nationwide teach computer science. Houston: we have a problem! But guess what? OPSRC has the answer! Being Oklahoma’s Code.org partner means we can provide intensive supports as you build pathways to computer science at your school or entire district.

If it’s professional development you need, we’re excited to announce that applications for Code.org’s Professional Learning Program for Computer Science Principles (high school) and Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) are now open. Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries or CS Principles courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high-quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms. Best of all, you don’t need any prior computer science experience to get started! If your school plans to offer these courses in 2019-20, please encourage interested teachers to apply today. If you’re not sure if this is something you’d like to undertake, I encourage you to chat with our Innovative Programs Manager, McKalyn Danner. She can help you strategically plan your implementation of computer science.  

If you do have teachers who apply and are accepted into the program, they will commit to:

  • Attending the local five-day, in-person summer workshop July 15-19, 2019 in Oklahoma City.
  • Attending four local one-day, in-person workshops (Saturdays).
  • Teaching the course during the 2019-20 school year.
  • Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population

Note: CS Discoveries can be taught as a single semester or a full year. CS Principles must be taught as a full year.

The fee for participating in this program is $800 per teacher (which is more than a 70% discount off the national cost) but all qualified OPSRC members will receive scholarships! 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit the Professional Learning page for CS Discoveries or CS Principles. For additional information or questions regarding the program and application, please email McKalyn Danner at mckalyn.danner@opsrc.net.

And don't forget to stay tuned for our our upcoming webinars and events!

Jamila MacArthur

Director, Teaching & Learning

Jamila MacArthur serves as OPSRC's Director of Teaching & Learning. In this role, she will lead the team to further expand quality professional development for public schools, including more robust online training offerings. She will also focus on strengthening collaborative partnerships with schools to further develop innovative strategies that increase student achievement. Among her many certifications, she was recently approved as a Summit Learning Certified Support Partner and as as a Tulsa Model Evaluator.

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