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CS4All Team Announces 2017 Opportunities for Schools

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

New York City’s Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative will train 4,775 teachers over 10 years to provide all public school students with at least one meaningful, high-quality CS learning experience at each school level: elementary, middle, and high school.

Last week, the NYC Department of Education announced new CS professional development opportunities for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. Building on last year's strategy, the DOE is offering schools a wide range of entry points including multi-year sequences, year- and semester-long courses, and units that can be integrated into other subjects. Professional development (PD) will be led by the DOE and a growing number of CS education partner organizations.

To help inform educators about the various partner organizations and their PD offerings, CSNYC will convene the providers at its annual CS Education Landscape Meetup on January 24, 2017 at Google. Teachers and school administrators are encouraged to attend so they can meet representatives from these organizations and learn about their curriculum and approach.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach in a city 
as large and diverse as New York.

By providing schools with a diverse range of options, the DOE is making it possible for schools to implement CS in a way that aligns with their school vision and culture. The PD opportunities are designed to be accessible to teachers of varying backgrounds in CS, whether just starting out or building upon existing knowledge, and allowing teachers to continue to grow over time.

Schools can choose from:

  • Long-term program offerings like the Software Engineering Program Jr. (SEPjr), a year-long program for elementary schools, two Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) programs, and more. Participation in these programs are by application, and require a significant investment by teachers (at least 75 hours of PD) and schools (to program courses accordingly).
  • Multi-day opportunities for novice and experienced teachers and everyone in between include the CS Track at the STEM Institute, workshops offered through the Field Support Centers and partner organizations across all five boroughs. PD spans two to five days as well as required follow-on support, which may take the form of additional workshops, site visits and coaching, and online sessions.
  • One-day workshops for teachers new to computer science education to explore introductory topics. Teachers who complete a one-day workshop should feel confident trying CS in their classroom and eager to pursue additional training.

Teachers of all grade levels, skill levels, and subject areas are encouraged to register for these PD offerings and help NYC reach its goal of providing high-quality CS for all students in the NYC public schools.