Code.org Professional Learning Program FAQs

What is Code.org’s Professional Learning Program?

What am I committing to by joining the Professional Learning Program?

What is my school administration committing to in this program?

Where are Code.org workshops offered? Can I choose which workshop to attend?

What does the program cost?

What technology does my school need to teach this course?

What supplies will I need to purchase in order to teach this course?

When are applications available?

How do I apply?

When will I find out if I’m accepted to the program?

I still have questions! Who can I contact?

What is Code.org’s Professional Learning Program?

Code.org collaborates with Regional Partners across the country to support and expand computer science learning to all students in all schools. Together with your local Regional Partner, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to apply for a year-long professional development experience.

What am I committing to by joining the Professional Learning Program?

We require that you personally commit to the year-long Professional Learning Program, and that your participation is approved and supported by your school administration.

Teacher commitments

By completing this application, you are agreeing to participate in the following professional development experiences:

  • One five-day summer workshop in 2019, hosted by your assigned Regional Partner. Dates and locations will be determined by your Regional Partner, and shared in the application.
  • Four local follow-up workshops during the 2019-20 school year (usually held on Saturdays), hosted by your assigned Regional Partner. Dates and locations will be determined by your Regional Partner.

You are also agreeing to:

  • Teach the course in a school served by one of Code.org's Regional Partners.
  • Work with your administration to ensure the Code.org course is offered on your school’s master schedule in 2019-20.
  • Support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in your CS Principles or CS Discoveries course, representative of the school’s overall student population

What is my school administration committing to in this program?

By approving a teacher’s application to join Code.org’s Professional Learning Program, the administration is agreeing to:

  • Include CS Principles or CS Discoveries on the school’s 2019-20 master schedule.
  • Support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population.
  • Allow the teacher who joins the Professional Learning Program teach CS Principles or CS Discoveries in 2019-20

Where are Code.org workshops offered? Can I choose which workshop to attend?

All participants in the Professional Learning Program are required to attend a five-day in-person summer workshop, as well as four follow up sessions during the following academic year. Participants are assigned to workshops based on which Regional Partner serves their area. Why? We believe it’s important for you to join the cohort you’ll be training with all year. Summer workshops offer you the opportunity to begin building a community of educators. Academic year follow up workshops continue to build that community and help support your development throughout the year, and will support you as you begin teaching the course in the 2019-20 school year.

What does the program cost?

Generous scholarships and grants are available across the country to cover the cost of the program. To find out more about the program cost in your area, please visit our website.

What technology does my school need to teach this course?

The technical requirements to teach Code.org's courses are:

  • Code.org website and emails are whitelisted (not blocked by a district’s firewall).
  • Computer lab with 1:1 computers set up so that group work is possible OR an additional non-computer classroom that the teacher can use for group work.
  • For additional IT requirements, please see https://code.org/educate/it 

What supplies will I need to purchase in order to teach this course?

For more information on the specific supplies required by curriculum, check out the following pages:

When are applications available?

Applications for the Professional Learning Program will be available online starting in October 2018, and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Want to be notified when applications open? Provide your contact information to your local Regional Partner.

How do I apply?

To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Check out the CS Discoveries or CS Principles course page.
  2. Set aside 10-15 minutes to complete the application.

In addition, we recommend that you make sure you’re able to receive emails from teacher@code.org at the email address you will use for your application. If this address is blocked by your district’s firewall, please contact the appropriate IT representative at your school or district to whitelist this address.

When do I found out if I’m accepted to the program?

You should expect to receive a status update from your Regional Partner. Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to guarantee that your Regional Partner will be able to respond to individual requests for status updates. Please reach out directly to your Regional Partner for more information about your application.

If you need to change or withdraw your application, or if you have additional questions, please contact your Regional Partner. 

I still have questions! Who can I contact?

Please email your Regional Partner.