PUMP-CS Project

CS Fundamentals (grades K-5)

Code.org's Computer Science (CS) Fundamentals curriculum is implemented within the Code Studio online education platform. This completely free curriculum consists of multiple courses, each of which has about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester.

Free teacher workshops are offered regularly in Wisconsin.

PD: 1-day workshop
When: Offered regularly throughout year
Where: Regular intervals at Marquette. Local workshops on request.
Status: Ongoing. See https://code.org/professional-development-workshops
Future: Will continue in 2018-19.

CS Discoveries (grades 7-9)

If you are a Wisconsin middle school teacher (grades 7, 8 and/or 9) interested in teaching Computer Science, apply for the Computer Science Discoveries (CSD) Professional Learning Program.

Code.org and Marquette University are now pleased to welcome middle school teacher applications from Wisconsin for the 2017-2018 school year.

Curriculum: CS Discoveries is a full-year introductory computer science survey course, which can also be implemented as two standalone semesters. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students are empowered to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. This course is currently being piloted in schools around the country, and will be rolling out Summer 2017.

Program Structure: This year-long professional learning program includes a 5-day summer workshop ("TeacherCon") in Philadelphia, the week of July 31 in 2017. During the school year, continuing professional development includes 20 hours of online, self-paced content, and 4 days of in-person Saturday workshops (dates TBD) to be held quarterly at Marquette University in downtown Milwaukee.

Requirements: Teachers must be certified middle school teachers in any discipline. Teachers must apply to participate. (See below.) Preference will be given to teachers who teach at a middle school that schedules CSD to be offered in the academic year following their first summer workshop.

Costs: There is no tuition cost for accepted participants. Code.org covers the costs of travel, housing and food for the summer workshop. Participants may be responsible for any travel costs to the local quarterly sessions at Marquette. Curriculum materials are freely available. A moderate investment in equipment (Circuit Playground Arduinos) is necessary for schools that intend to implement Unit 6, "The Internet of Things".

PD: Year-long professional learning.
When: 5-day in summer (July 31, 2017),
online and local 1-day quarterlies in school year (dates TBD)
Where: TeacherCon in summer, Marquette during school year
Status: New in 2017. Accepting applications at
https://code.org/educate/professional-learning/cs-discoveries-apply
Future: Second cohort will run in 2018-19.

Exploring Computer Science (grades 9-10)

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 as well as on-going support for classroom implementation of the ECS curriculum.

More Information

PD: Year-long professional learning.
When: 5-day in summer (July 24, 2017),
virtual department meetings and 1-day quarterlies in school year (dates TBD)
Where: Marquette
Status: Accepting applications at http://pumpcs.mu.edu/ecs-2017/
Future: 2017-18 may be final year grant covers costs for teachers outside of Milwaukee Public Schools. There will be new ECS cohorts in summer 2018 and 2019, but non-MPS teachers will not be free.

Code.org CS Principles (grades 10-12)

If you are a Wisconsin high school computer science teacher interested in adopting the Code.org curriculum for Computer Science Principles (CSP), apply for the Wisconsin CSP Professional Learning Program.

Code.org and Marquette University are now pleased to welcome high school teacher applications from Wisconsin for the 2017-2018 school year.

Curriculum: The College Board's Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) exam launches this year. Code.org is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP CSP. Learn more about the curriculum at https://code.org/educate/csp/.

Program Structure: This year-long professional learning program includes a 5-day summer workshop ("TeacherCon") in Philadelphia, July 30th to August 4th, 2017. During the school year, continuing professional development includes 20 hours of online, self-paced content, and 4 days of in-person Saturday workshops (dates TBD) to be held quarterly at Marquette University in downtown Milwaukee.

Requirements: Teachers must be certified high school computer science teachers (405/1405 license), or be prepared to apply for an emergency CS license to teach out of area while working towards the CS license.

AP CSP is an advanced computer science course, primarily intended for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. While prior course work in CS is not absolutely required, many students will be more likely to succeed if they have had access to introductory courses, such as Exploring Computer Science (ECS) earlier in high school, or CS Discoveries (CSD) in middle school.

Teachers must apply to participate. (See below.) Preference will be given to teachers who teach at a high school that schedules CSP to be offered in the academic year following their first summer workshop.

Costs: There is no tuition cost for accepted participants. Code.org covers the costs of travel, housing and food for the summer workshop. Participants may be responsible for any travel costs to the local quarterly sessions at Marquette. Curriculum materials are freely available. No special equipment is required, but typical computers (or Chromebooks) will be needed by students in the course.

PD: Year-long professional learning.
When: 5-day in summer (July 31, 2017),
online and local 1-day quarterlies in school year (dates TBD)
Where: TeacherCon in summer, Marquette during school year
Status: New in 2017. Accepting applications at
https://code.org/educate/professional-learning/cs-principles-apply
Future: Second cohort will run in 2018-19.
Note: Teaching this course requires a CS license (405/1405) in Wisconsin.

Teaching Computer Science (methods course)

The Teaching Computer Science (TCS) Professional Development course is designed for Wisconsin high school teachers who wish to work toward their 405 Computer Science license. 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 Advanced Placement CS A and CS Principles courses.

TCS will be offered summer 2017, consisting of: in-person workshop at UW-La Crosse, June 19-21, 2017, nine contact hours of online instruction, and a concluding in-person workshop at UW-L, July 17-19, 2017.

Completing the 405 license may require additional coursework, depending on your background, but TCS will provide the all-important "methods course" that is extremely difficult to find elsewhere.

PD: Six week summer course
When: Three day in-person (June 19-21, 2017),
9 hours online, followed by another
Three day in-person (July 17-19, 2017)
Where: UW-La Crosse
Status: Accepting applications at https://goo.gl/forms/zv2BorXsQJpYnzB73
Future: This is final UW-La Crosse cohort covered by grant. Cohorts in 2018 and 2019 are planned for UW-Milwaukee, with moderate tuition costs.
Note: This course is for teachers working toward a CS license, who require a methods course.

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Alternative License Pathway

A partnership between Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC) and Marquette has created an approved alternative certification pathway for existing teachers to add on the CS license, without having to quit their day jobs and go back to college full time. This program will be appropriate for EA-A and MC-A teachers in other content areas who wish to add the CS license, as well as for teachers with the CS license who wish to hone their pedagogy. It is designed to support teachers all over the state, not just in the metro areas. This just got approved before Christmas, so we're gearing up to publicize the program and start accepting applications in the next month or so.

Wisconsin Computer Science Educators Summit

CSTA WI-Dairyland presents our Second Annual All-Day Computer Science Educators Summit on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Green Lake, WI. This summit will offer four strands including high school, middle school, elementary school and counselors.

Joining us will be these nationally recognized keynote speakers

Register : Save the Date - May 3, 2017 more details on registration coming soon!

Inquiries: Joe Kmoch joe@jkmoch.com or Linnea Logan linnea.logan@wfbschools.com

Dairyland High School Programming Competition
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Wisconsin-Dairyland chapter of the CSTA, in conjunction with the Marquette University chapters of ACM and UPE, welcomes high school students with Java or Scratch programming experience to participate in a morning of computer science problem solving and/or storytelling.

http://acm.mscs.mu.edu/wiki/2017_Wisconsin-Dairyland_Programming_Competition

About

CSF, CSD and CSP professional learning are all made possible through support from Code.org and their regional partner in Wisconsin, which is Marquette University.

ECS, TCS, the new Alternative License Pathway, and the annual CS Educators Summit at Green Lake have all been made possible with National Science Foundation support through awards CNS 1339392 (Marquette) and CNS 1339179 (UW-La Crosse). Continuing support in 2017 through 2019 is under award CNS-1640217 for Marquette, in collaboration with UW-Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools.

Your Wisconsin-Dairyland chapter of the CSTA is a silent partner helping to advise and secure funding for all of these efforts.