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New: dates are being added for summer 2018 PD opportunities. Scroll down!

Attendance at our PD events is governed by our departmental policy.

Teacher community

Outside of events organized by the Office of Computer Science, there are several resources available to teachers on a continuing basis:


School Year 2018-19 PD

ECS is the foundational high school CS course at CPS. The professional development cycle starts with a week over the summer, continues with four quarterly days over the course of the school year, and continues with a week during the summer a year after the first week.

If you have questions about the summer PD for ECS, please contact Faythe Brannon (fmbrannon at cps dot edu).

The ECS PD will be offered during three separate weeks in summer 2018 (all options will be at DePaul's downtown campus, 243 S Wabash Ave):
  • July 23-27
  • August 6-10
  • August 13-17
Great News! A non-instructional rate stipend (6 hours/day) will be provided for CPS teachers, provided: 1) your principal commits to your teaching the course in SY18-19 AND ( 2) you are an ECS teacher either attending the PD for the first time OR returning for the second summer of the PD), AND 3) you have a maximum of one excused absence from the 5 days of the PD.  We are able to offer this stipend this summer only due to a generous grant from Google; we may not be able to do so in the future.

To start the registration process for any of these, please complete our interest form.

ECS Pre-Professional Development Webinar
This spring, CS4All is offering a preparatory webinar for new ECS teachers:
  • When: Monday, June 4th from 5:00pm - 6:00 pm.
  • Where: Zoom meeting
  • Who: new ECS teachers
  • How: register here (password = ecs@cps)
ECS Instructional Tools Workshops
CS4All will be offering workshops during the summer for new and experienced ECS teachers. The workshops will allow teachers an opportunity to get additional hands-on experience using essential instructional tools. Most of the workshops will be between 2 - 4 hours.
  • When: dates TBD, will be provided at the webinar (see above)
  • Where: CPS Garfield Park office or central office
  • Who: new and experienced ECS teachers
  • How: complete the ECS Instructional Tools Workshops interest survey form

AP Computer Science Principles summer PD

There will be two AP CSP workshops in Chicago this summer, for two different curriculum options.

Beauty and Joy of Computing AP CSP
This is the first time a BJC workshop has been offered in Chicago! The Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum and professional development are distinct from other offerings in that they use the Snap! programming environment, and have a stronger emphasis on higher-level programming concepts.
  • When: July 30-August 3
  • Where: Location TBD, likely DePaul downtown campus
  • Who: Chicagoland CS teachers, and others willing to travel
  • How: apply here and email cs4all@cps.edu that you intend to come
  • Cost/stipend: The registration cost is $75, and teachers who complete the workshop and a Create task will get a $500 stipend.

Code.org AP CSP
Code.org is the most widely-used AP CSP curriculum.
  • When: July 16-20
  • Where: Lumity (55 W Van Buren St, Chicago)
  • Who: Chicagoland CS teachers
  • How: apply here
  • Cost/stipend: this workshop is free of charge.

Exploring Computer Science (high school) quarterly PD

The quarterly PD for Exploring Computer Science is for ECS teachers to convene and prepare to teach the later units of the course that are not covered in the summer PD. The PD will be hosted at DePaul University, 243 S Wabash (room details forthcoming).

In SY17-18, we piloted an option to attend the PD during the school week instead of on a Saturday, and hope to be able to do so again in SY18-19 (funding-dependent).

ECS PD Dates
  • TBD!
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