Curriculum: Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is a nationally recognized CS curriculum that targets students in grades 9-10. ECS was developed as a curriculum intended for all students. Just as most high school students take courses in Algebra or English, ECS is intended as a general introduction to computer science suitable for most high school students. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in both the content and the pedagogy of the ECS Curriculum. All participants will also have access to resources developed by the PUMP-CS team through the project website as well as on-going support for classroom implementation of the ECS curriculum.
Program Structure: Our multi-year program includes a week-long summer workshop at Marquette University campus, followed by quarterly meetings during each school year. Participants will form professional-development learning teams, based on geographical location, to provide additional support while implementing the ECS curriculum. In the second year, participants attend another week of summer workshop, bringing their experience to the next cohort while further enriching their own teaching. Our next summer cohort starts July 23, 2018.
Requirements: We are accepting applications from teachers in any discipline. Teachers must apply to participate. (That's what this form is for.) Teachers must teach at an accredited high school that schedules an ECS course in the academic year following their first summer workshop.
Milwaukee Public Schools teachers may register at no cost, and are eligible to be paid for their time by a grant from National Science Foundation. Non-MPS teachers may register for $150 for commuters, or $400 for participants who wish to stay on campus during the 5 days in the summer.
If you are already in the previous year's cohort, no need to apply -- you are already invited back!