The Vermont Computer Science Alliance is the Regional Partner for Code.org in Vermont. We love that Code.org offers all of it's tools and curriculum under a creative commons license, giving all educators the ability to use and remix it for free. We are excited to get Computer Science of all kinds into K-12 schools including but not limited to Code.org.
By partnering with Code.org we are able to provide professional development to teachers across the state. We are currently looking for teachers of all kinds who are interested in teaching computer science. Code.org is generously funding scholarships for VCSA members who are interested in professional development over summer 2019 to teach computer science in 2019-2020. We also need future facilitators who want to be trained to lead teachers through the code.org curriculum.
- Computer Science Discoveries (CSD) - For grades 6-10, this six module course can be offered as a semester or year long. "Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun."
- Computer Science Principles (CSP) - For grades 9-10, this year long course can be offered as an AP or non-AP course. "The course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities."
Both of these opportunities will take place in Burlington on June 24 - 28, 2019.
There are two ways to pay for the Code.org trainings:
Option #1: Complete the VCSA membership form before continuing to apply for the Code.org Professional Learning Program. VCSA membership with the Code.org scholarship includes the following for two participants; teacher materials, workshop supplies, 9 days of professional development, and breakfast and lunch during workshops, double occupancy housing and dinners during the 5-day summer workshop, a one-time $75 mileage stipend per participant, registration to the annual VCSA conference, and access to additional workshops and support. VCSA Chapter Membership is the only cost associated with option #1.
Option #2: Apply to the Code.org Professional Learning Program. Once accepted, a program fee of $1,500 will be assessed. The fee includes one participant's teacher materials, workshop supplies, 9 days of professional development, and breakfast and lunch during workshops.
Applications for teachers are now open! Applications for facilitators will open in January. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you have questions.