Broadening Participation in Computing: Online Professional Development for Teachers
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakout
Room: Galleria I (Hilton Portland Downtown)
Format: Concurrent Session - 60 Minutes
Primary Essential Skill: Instructional Focus & Professional Development
Secondary Essential Skill: Team Building & Staffing
Primary Audience: Ed Tech Leaders
Brief Session Description: Equitable access to computer science education in K-12 schools is rapidly becoming a national priority; one of the challenges in broadening participation in computing is the preparation of skilled teachers whose pedagogical skills foster inclusive and engaging learning. This session focuses on how instructional design can leverage the capacities of online learning to build teachers' knowledge and skills for teaching an introductory CS course. Presenters will share examples from The Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum, developed with support from the National Science Foundation, and its associated research-based online professional development (PD). Examples, which participants can access and review in more depth after the session, will illustrate how best practices in adult learning, online professional development, and computational thinking enable developers to engage in an iterative process of design, facilitation, research, adaptation, and scaling efforts to prepare teachers to teach computational thinking to all students, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate

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