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CS Professional Development

CS4All organizes professional development for some curriculum on a regular basis, and occasionally coordinates other professional development depending on available funding and interest from teachers.

See below for some of what you can expect to see in the coming year.

Attendance at and credit for our PD events is governed by our departmental policy unless explicitly indicated otherwise.

Teacher community

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


School Year 2018-19 High School teacher 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 an AP CSP workshop in Chicago this summer.

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
  • Unit 4 (Programming): December 1, 4 and 5
  • Unit 5 (Data): TBD
  • Unit 6 (Robotics): TBD

School Year 2018-19 Elementary School teacher PD

We are proud to support three workshops happening this August in collaboration with the University of Chicago:

PD workshop for Scratch Encore, an intermediate programming-based computational thinking curriculum designed for 5th-7th grade learners designed to be ethnically and socioeconomically inclusive. The curriculum instructional materials are designed for instructors with varying experience levels.
The first morning will be for teachers with little programming experience. The rest of the workshop will present Scratch Encore.
  • When: July 31-August 1, 9am-4pm.
  • Where: Chicago Theological Seminary, room 217, 1407 E 60th St
  • Who: Chicago elementary school CS teachers
  • How: apply here
  • Benefits: this workshop is free of charge. CPDUs/ISBE hours will be provided for CPS teachers (Learning Hub class # 79478).
PD workshop for Action Fractions, an integrated mathematics-computational thinking curriculum to augment mathematics instruction, designed using Everyday Mathematics. This course focuses on 3rd and 4th grade fractions instruction, providing 10 hours of instruction per year.
The first morning will be for teachers with little programming experience. The rest of the workshop will present Action Fractions.
  • When: August 2-3th, 9am-4pm.
  • Where: Chicago Theological Seminary, room 217, 1407 E 60th St
  • Who: Chicago elementary school CS teachers
  • How: apply here
  • Benefits: this workshop is free of charge. CPDUs/ISBE hours will be provided for CPS teachers (Learning Hub class # 79479).
This is a PD workshop for Introductory Scratch Instruction, helping teachers who want their students to get an introductory experience blending puzzle-based code.org with the exploratory approach of the Creative Computing Curriculum.
  • When: August 8th, 9am-4pm.
  • Where: Chicago Theological Seminary, room 232, 1407 E 60th St
  • Who: Chicago elementary school CS teachers
  • How: apply here
  • Benefits: this workshop is free of charge, and participants will receive a $100 stipend. CPDUs/ISBE hours will be provided for CPS teachers (Learning Hub class # 80003).

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