Curriculum: Teaching Computer Science (TCS) is a pedagogical methods course suitable for in-service teachers seeking to earn or maintain a 405 Computer Science license in the state of Wisconsin. The 405 license is not required to teach literacy courses or Exploring Computer Science (ECS), but is required to teach other introductory and advanced CS courses, such as those that can be counted toward a third mathematics credit for minimum graduation requirements, or those that contain 25% or more computer programming content.
The focus of this course is on pedagogy -- how to effectively teach Computer Science, particularly at grades 9-12. Most example lessons in this course will be drawn from the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP, http://csprinciples.org/) course.
Some prior CS content knowledge is assumed, such as: An introductory computer programming course, in any language, either taken at a college or via a reputable MOOC; Experience teaching ECS or other introductory computing courses; or, industrial experience in IT or CS. Please contact us at <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you are unsure of your qualifications. For those seeking a 405 license for the first time, this course is necessary, but will not be all that you need. Information about pathways for completing the other license requirements will be shared with applicants as it is developed this spring.
Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in both the content and the pedagogy of the AP CSP curriculum, with an emphasis on extending the inquiry-based learning exemplified by 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 AP CSP curriculum.
Program Structure: Our summer course includes two three-day, face-to-face workshops at UW - La Crosse, separated by four weeks of online course.
Requirements: We are accepting applications from teachers in any discipline. Teachers must apply to participate. (That's what this form is for.) Preference will be given to teachers who teach at an accredited high school that is planning to offer an AP CSP course in the academic year following the summer course. Accepted teachers will be paid a stipend, and may earn graduate credits for a nominal tuition fee. Teacher stipend will require participants to actively engage in efforts to improve the teaching of Computer Science in Wisconsin. This may include peer classroom visits, reflecting upon student work samples, etc. Any artifacts shared will be protected under strict privacy guidelines, and cannot be released to third parties (i.e., your administration) for other purposes (i.e., evaluating the teacher in some fashion.)