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Summer 2017 PD

See summer PD offerings below. For more details and to see things in chronological order, see our Contact with questions.

Check back often, as our summer offerings are still under active development.

Computer Science Institute (all grade levels)

The Computer Science Institute will bring together Computer Science teachers from all over the city to engage in training and discussion on topics recommended by CS teachers. Topics covered will include:
  • teaching computational thinking,
  • supporting diverse learners, and
  • planning!
August 21, 2017 @ Benito Juarez Community Academy (sign up here)

Exploring Computer Science (high school)

The foundational high school CS course for CPS, Exploring Computer Science is appropriate for students that are new to CS, and can be taught by teachers with any experience level who are willing to learn alongside their students.

The summer PD is appropriate for HS teachers new to the ECS course, as well as those returning for the second summer of professional development. The PD is jointly organized by CS4All and DePaul University, and is facilitated by CPS teachers.

ECS PD Dates
  • Approval from school administration

Computer Science in Science / Project GUTS (middle school)

August 7- 9, 2017, 9am-4pm @ King College Prep HS

Computer Science in Science (CSS) is a curriculum that seamlessly integrates middle school science concepts with computer science, modeling and digital simulations. CSS training puts you in the shoes of a struggling student learning to code. Through this struggle, you will troubleshoot, overcome obstacles, and get excited about your solutions. Not only does this curriculum introduce you to coding (and a way to introduce coding to your students), but it does so in a way that puts a computer science spin on important 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science concepts.

Computer Science in Algebra (middle school)

August 14-16, 9am-4pm @ Palmer ES

The Computer Science in Algebra (CSA) curriculum was developed to teach algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming. The twenty lessons focus on concepts like order of operations, the Cartesian plane, function composition and definition, and solving word problems - all within the context of video game design.  By shifting classwork from abstract pencil-and-paper problems to a series of relevant programming problems, CS in Algebra demonstrates how algebra applies in the real world, using an exciting, hands-on approach to create something unique. 

Bootstrap (middle/high school CS+algebra)

August 22-24, 9am-4pm at Benito Juarez High School

Bootstrap is a research-based, computational modeling curriculum in Algebra for grades 6-12. Bootstrap: Algebra applies mathematical concepts and rigorous programming principles to guide students in creating a simple video game, and is aligned to National and State Standards for Mathematics. Students create a simple, 3-character game involving a player, a target and a danger.  They design what each character looks like, and use algebraic concepts to detect collisions, handle keystrokes, and determine how they move and interact.

AP Computer Science Principles

This course is appropriate for students who have completed an introductory CS course such as ECS, and for teachers with some CS experience. The PD is organized by a number of outside partners.

CSP PD Dates
  • Approval from school administration
  • CS experience

Apple Everyone Can Code

Apple is offering CPS teachers the opportunity to attend a two-day professional learning workshop that will cover the Everyone Can Code curriculum for grades K–8 on iPad. If you’re interested in teaching with this curriculum in your school, the workshop will be a great way to get started. Click here to see how this Apple's curriculum fits into our new Curriculum Guide.

iPad devices will be available for you to use during the workshop. Even if you don't have iPad devices at your school, you can still come and meet with your peers and learn about this exciting new curriculum. Substitutes will be provided to cover your time during this 2-Day workshop. CPDUs will be offered to completers.

Workshop dates
Several two-day sessions will be held during the weeks of June 12 and June 19, 2017 at the Apple office downtown at 401 N Michigan. All sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Lunch has been donated and will be provided.) Space is limited.  Please don't delay. For more information and to register click the links below. 

June 13–14 
Learn more and register, also Learning Hub course 37092, class 71576

June 15–16 
Learn more and register, also Learning Hub course 37092, class 71577

June 20–21
Learn more and register, also Learning Hub course 37092, class 71578

June 22–23
Learn more and register, also Learning Hub course 37092, class 71579

Informational Web-Ex sessions
We’ll share details about the curriculum and the two-day workshop in a series of information sessions via a WebEx and conference call. Feel free to attend either of the times listed below: 

May 24 (Wednesday) 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
May 31 (Wednesday) 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Please place this link in your calendar for the above informational webinar dates.  
Click this WebEx link to join:
And join by telephone: 1-866-639-3240 Password: 718 208 9755

Learn more
Use the following materials to learn more about the Everyone Can Code resources: